Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on November 17, 2019:
- SUNDAY: Proverbs 15,
- MONDAY: Proverbs 16,
- TUESDAY: Proverbs 17,
- WEDNESDAY: Proverbs 18,
- THURSDAY: Proverbs 20,
- FRIDAY: Proverbs 22,
- SATURDAY: Proverbs 25,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Guideposts and Guardrails: Wisdom for Healthy Relationships Sermon Title: Sacred Sexuality Builds Safe and Secure Relationships
Delivered On: November 10, 2019
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (Proverbs 4:23)
Ask God to help you see the goodness of His design for your sexuality and His desire for you to walk wisely in His ways. Pray for the discernment to identify any relationships in your life or the life of someone you love that are not in accordance with His will and perfect plan for your/their life. Pray for the courage to exercise discretion in addressing those areas and the self-control to resist the lies and schemes of the enemy to pull you/them back onto the wrong path.
One Relational Choice: Identify one area you might be experiencing temptation in relationship to sexuality. Commit to taking one action this week to protect your life and relationships from sexual sin and share with someone who will hold you accountable.
Small Group Discussion
Describe a time in your life where you exercised proper self-control? What did you draw from (i.e. faith, experience, education, advice) to take the appropriate steps?
Read: Proverbs 5:1-2. What ultimately gives us both wisdom and understanding in our life? Knowing this, how does that help us both discern what is right and speak and act with discretion?
Read: Proverbs 25:28. In a culture that radically promotes a “just do it” mentality in so many different aspects of life, how does this approach to living run counter to the full and abundant life God wants you to experience? What might be some examples of the consequences of living without self-control?
Read: Proverbs 5:3-6. These verses poetically portray the folly of pursuing sexual intimacy outside of God’s design for marriage. How does the biblical depiction of both the deceptive nature and dubious outcome of sexual intimacy outside of the marriage covenant run counter-culture to our world’s portrayal and advocacy of sexual promiscuity? What are some examples of the destructive nature of sexual intimacy outside of marriage on relationships?
Read: Proverbs 5:15-19. Contrary to the above, these verses beautifully portray the deep level of joy and satisfaction a husband and wife experience in their relationship with one another through sexual intimacy. What might be some of the relational benefits and blessings a couple might also experience through a lifetime of sexual faithfulness and commitment to one another?
What are some of the guideposts (help us pursue wise choices) we can glean from Proverbs to keep our relationships safe and secure when it comes to sexuality? What might be some examples of guardrails (help protect us from wrong choices) that we can also implement in our relationships?
Read: Proverbs 4:23. What are some practical ways to “guard our hearts” when it comes to sexuality and sexual intimacy?
Read: Proverbs 6:25 and Proverbs 7:21. What might be some practical guardrails that support biblical sexuality, which we can put in place to protect the pathways into our minds, thoughts, and eventually into our hearts? (Hint: Are there any television programs that I am watching? Video games I am playing? Books I am reading? Internet sites I am going to?)
What is the wise next step that you should take to better follow God’s guideposts for sexuality and sexual intimacy in your own life? (i.e. Confession and repentance, discussion with someone close to you, find an accountability partner, etc.)
How can this group pray for you and encourage you to take the step and to continue walking within God’s plan for your life?