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Payne Chapel AME Church
Bishop Phillipi Cousin Bishop Richardson,Pastor Ella Edwards , Pastor Keturah Pittman, Rev Mazie Rojas , Pastor Belinda Alexander , Pastor Anita Williams , Pastor Wendy Smith Martin, Pastor Claudette Copeland , Dr Cindy Trimms
Sex is a crucial area of Christian singleness. Sex is so crucial because it is so intimately related to who we are. And it's the area in which many single believers find their biggest struggle...
In 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, Paul discussed sex outside of marriage. The bottom line of his argument was that sex outside of the marriage covenant is sin and is totally contrary to God's agenda for single believers. That bedrock truth never changes in any culture or any setting.
Paul was arguing that sexual purity outside of marriage is demanded because of God the Father, it's expected because of God the Son, and it's possible because of God the Spirit. Some Christian singles falter in this area because they lose sight of the theology and limit themselves to the anthropology involved...
In other words, whenever you hear someone saying, "But I'm only human," that's an anthropological argument. But, if you are a believer you are more than just a human. You are a saved human, and you have God's power for purity resident within you.
Some people say sex is like food. When you're hungry, you eat. No big deal. But Paul answered that in 1 Corinthians 6:13. The stomach may be for food, he said, "yet the body is not for immorality."
If your date tells you he washed his car and bought a new suit for this date and expects something more than a good night at the door, tell him, "You washed your car? Ok, I will help you put the dirt back on your car. And you bought a new suit? I'll go with you while you take it back." You are far too valuable to be used by undisciplined men for their gratification.
God created your body to be used for His glory, not simply to satisfy either your own or someone else's passion unless it is within the proper functioning of marriage...
See, God does not condemn sex outside of marriage because sex is bad. He condemns sex outside of marriage because it's so good when used properly within marriage.
The Bible makes it very clear that you and I are in a battle. As we read these verses of Scripture, we find ourselves in the atmosphere of war. There is a gunfire on every hand. Bombs are falling. There is lightning in the air. The Bible makes it very clear that all believers are in a war!
First Timothy 1:18 KJV says, “War a good warfare.” First Timothy 6:12 says, “Fight the good fight of faith.” Second Timothy 2:3, “Thou therefore endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”
You are in a battle. Have you been having a lot of battles in your life lately? Congratulations! Charles Spurgeon once said, “Satan never kicks a dead horse.” That means you are alive. It means you are active. Every believer is in a battle. We are in a fight! Don’t be fooled by all of these commercials on T.V. from other Christian ministries depicting the Christian life as frolicking through the flowers, health and prosperity and individuals standing around with wide smiles on their faces. You have either just come out of a battle or you are now in a battle or you are headed into a battle – because the Christian life is depicted as a battle.
One of these days we are going to lay our weapons down and we’ll be in glory and the battles will be over and we will study war no more. But until that time, you can count on it, as a born again child of God, you are in a battle!