Each week during our Proverbs series we will be posting follow up resources to help you reflect on and apply the scripture preached through on Sunday.
SERMON SUMMARY - This week we looked at God’s wisdom for our sexuality, not in a how-to type way (breath easy), but rather acknowledging our struggle with sexual desire and looking towards God’s design for sex as it finds its meaning in the larger love story of the Gospel. Proverbs gives us wisdom for an often uncomfortable and sensitive topic so that all of us in our sexual brokenness, we can receive forgiveness, wisdom, and healing from Jesus.
Here is a link to the sermon if you missed it - LINK
SCRIPTURE TO MEDITATE ON THIS WEEK - Drink water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well. Should your springs be scattered abroad, streams of water in the streets? Let them be for yourself alone, and not for strangers with you. Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth, a lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicated always in her love. Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman and embrace the bosom of an adulteress? For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and he ponders all his paths. The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him, and he is held fast in the cords of his sin. He dies for lack of discipline, and because of his great folly he is led astray. - Proverbs 5:15–23 (ESV)
MC/DNA DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
- Read Proverbs 7:6-27. What do you feel as you consider this scene? Why is it hard for us to talk about such an intimate topic like sexual desire? How was sex talked about in your house growing up?
- What challenges are you facing in moving towards understanding sex in the proper context of God’s love story?
- How does sexual desire point us toward a deeper longing for intimacy? If married, what might it look like for you and your spouse to pursue all of like nakedness (spiritual, emotional, physical, nothing held back)? If single, how might you embrace this season or even lifelong calling to devote yourself fully to intimacy with Christ?
- How is the Gospel good news for sexual sinful and wounded people? What aspect of the Gospel do you need to cling to for your present situation?
- What do you need to move towards a biblically informed view and practice sex? Who are the safe people in your life who can give you godly counsel on this?
If you sense a need for pastoral help in this area please email [email protected]. He would be glad to meet with you or connect you with a woman (if you’re a woman) who can talk with you in our church.