Our Over-Sexed Landscape
Theme of the Week: Experience Sex as God Intended
Sunday, August 10, 2014
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Who Said It … Eric Mason
Eric Mason is founder and lead pastor of Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia and president of Thriving, an urban leadership development organization. He received his master's from Dallas Theological Seminary and holds a Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the author of Manhood Restored—the source of this week's readings. Eric and his wife, Yvette, have two sons.
What he Said … Our Over-Sexed Landscape
As if being born a sinner into a sinful world wasn't enough, it is as easy as a couple of clicks on a keyboard for a young boy to move even further down the road of sexual corruption. When we look across the over-sexed landscape of our culture, there is something inside us that cries out, "It's not supposed to be this way." That's entirely true.
Let's look back at the very beginning. If we do, you know what you find? Sex. Not the corrupted version, but sex as God intended. As a matter of fact, sex plays a prominent role in the first [two chapters] of the Bible. From the beginning, God was not bashful about sex. He wholeheartedly endorsed it.
One of the first commands that God gave man and woman was to have sex. A lot of sex. So much sex that the earth would be filled with the product of sex. Since sex is enjoyable and man and woman would have a natural, God-given attraction for one another, the sex act had a dual purpose: reproduction and pleasure (see Gen. 1:26-28; 2:18-25).
Key Study Passage: Proverbs 5
Adapted from Manhood Restored by Eric Mason (B&H Books, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Lord, thank you for the gift of sex. Forgive me for times I've misused this gift. Help me to begin each day by committing my body to you as an "instrument of righteousness" (Rom. 6:13, NIV).
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