Is there such a thing as “biblical sex”? The Christian blogosphere has been filled with debates and arguments around this very topic. A lot of what is being said or written boils down to the question everyone has been asking since middle school, “how far is too far?” Specifically, what is appropriate to preach from the pulpit? How frank should a frank discussion of sexuality be, especially in a mixed crowd from a pulpit? How much latitude should we take with the poetic language of Song of Solomon as we interpret and preach it to our congregation? When does a desire for relevance begin to sour our call to holiness? The debate rages...
As the virtual world continues to engage in robust dialogue, I thought I would enter the fray. This past week I was asked to speak to our high school (Crave) and middle school (Crash) ministry about the topic of “Marriage, Sex & Intimacy.” Their world is inundated with empty promises, passive parents, casual hookups and gross misconceptions about sex and marriage. I am grateful that our Student Ministry is walking them through a series about biblical manhood, biblical womanhood, biblical marriage, sex and intimacy, all culminating with a call to purity before the Lord.
I will share with you what, in essence, I shared with them. My hope for these posts is that you will be better equipped to understand God’s design for sex, better able to have biblical discussions on the topic and better served to live in accordance with the scriptures. This is part 1 of a 6-part blog series on “Biblical Sex.” Here is where we are headed:
- Introduction: Biblical Sex
- Biblical Sex - Part 2: Gross Misconceptions
- Biblical Sex - Part 3: Protection
- Biblical Sex - Part 4: Procreation
- Biblical Sex - Part 5: Pleasure
- Biblical Sex - Part 6: Picture
Here are some things to be mindful on this journey. I will not try to boost blog traffic by issuing a sex challenge. I will not be kitschy in my choice of language. I will not be exhaustive in every area or every implication. By God’s grace, I just want to shed light on why He has gifted us with sex and how we can best steward this gift.