Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother
and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
— Genesis 2:24 —
Do you not know that your body
is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you,
whom you have from God?
You are not your own,
for you were bought with a price.
So glorify God in your body.
— 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 —
From the intricate arrangements of the cell to the massive construction of stars in the Milky Way, the God who made the heavens and the earth and everything in them is—to put it plainly—a Designer.
On earth, God has made mankind in his image. Male and female he created the human race. And on the day when he fashioned the man from the ground and made woman from his side (see Genesis 2:4-25), God also designed the institution of marriage and gave to Adam and Eve the gift of sex so they could partner in covenant union, procreate children who bear God’s image and likeness. At the same time, God made sex pleasurable as a good gift to his married couples.
Tragically, when sin crippled the human race (Gen 3), men and women made to honor God with their sexuality began to abuse and misuse his gift. In just a few generations, Lamech had married two women and by Genesis 19, homosexual desires had overcome the men in Sodom and Gomorrah. Today, sex is manipulated and marketed with dizzying speed.
Christians need to learn how to think about these things and we must come to the Bible to get our bearings. These two messages, preached over the last two Sundays, are my attempt to help our church think about God’s designs for marriage and sex.
I pray they may help you understand what God’s word says about this blessed gift, and how the power of God’s gospel can help you walk in holiness.
Glorify God with Your Body (1 Corinthians 6:9-20)
God’s Design for Marriage (Genesis 2:24)
For the rest of the sermons in this series (‘God’s Design for Marriage and Sex’), go to Sermon Audio.
Soli Deo Gloria, dss