Sex is all around us; it's in magazines, movies, tv shows, and many ads. Our culture has simplified sex into a physical act, but it was designed to be so much more. And “while it is true that God has made us sexual beings and given us a natural appetite for sex, we must remember that sex is God’s idea and God’s gift. As the creator of our bodies and the author of sex, it is God who determines how the gift must be expressed, and it is God to whom we will ultimately give an account for how we used it” (What’s the Purpose of Sex? additional resource). 1 Corinthians 6 gives us principles to live by as singles, dating, and married couples.

Evaluate:

  • Have you been tempted by the cultural myth that sex is just physical, and it really doesn’t matter what you do with your body?

Reflect:

  • Verse 13 says, “The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.” How does this statement correct the cultural assumption that sex is just a basic need for the body?

  • What does it mean in verses 19-20 that you are a temple of the Holy Spirit and bought with a price? Does this change any choices you are currently making?

  • As singles, dating, or married, are there immoral situations that you need to flee from right now (v. 18)?

Additional Resources:

Please Stop Acting Like My Roommate and Start Acting Like My Spouse

 

What's the Purpose of Sex?