The West seems to have a fixation with the body. Marriages and political careers are ruined by those who indulge their bodies despite the warnings of Scripture and common sense. Whole industries have sprung up to help us get in touch with or beautify our bodies. The phrase, "If it feels good, do it," has become ubiquitous. The medical professions are held in high esteem as practitioners seek to give us long (or even endless) life. And yet evangelical Christians have struggled to keep up. Truth be told, we're still a little uncomfortable with the whole notion of the physical. Our efforts to respond to the culture seem to swing wildly from denial to licentiousness. Yet Scripture is clear that we cannot live an authentic, robust Christian life without the body—either now or in eternity—because we are the embodied creations of a God who became flesh for us.
Table of Contents
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 1:26–31; Luke 1:26–38; John 20:24–29; 1 Corinthians 6:12–20; Ephesians 5:21–33
• Identify the Current Issue
• Discover the Eternal Principles
—Teaching point one: The body (male and female) was God's idea.
—Teaching point two:God honored the body for all time by taking on human flesh.
—Teaching point three:The bodily resurrection is critical to our faith.
—Teaching point four:Our bodies belong to God.
—Teaching point five:A proper understanding of God's love can transform our relationships, body and soul.
• Apply Your Findings
• Additional Resources
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY
• "God Has a Wonderful Plan for Your Body," by Matthew Lee Anderson
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