Following Up on my Sermon
So, this past Sunday, I was preaching on how seeking God first in everything affects how we approach love, sex, and relationships.
Ultimately, we concluded on three guiding norms:
- Look to God first for love
- Look to God first for relationship
- Look to God first for pleasure
As part of the sermon, we considered a few of my “friends” who were dealing with various issues regarding love, sex, and relationships. I solicited some help from the congregation as to how we could help them, given the three things we just learned. However, I didn’t really get much of a response. Part of it might have been that I wasn’t very clear, and also, they didn’t have much time.
Nonetheless, I think my sermon would be unfinished without helping my “friends”. So I wanna put my “friends” out there again and ask you guys to ask yourself, “If I were either or both of these people, how would I apply those three norms to help me navigate through this difficulty?”
Here are my “friends”:
Josh and Jessica – looking for an “significant other”
- Josh – looking to have some fun, not looking for anything serious
- Jessica – not getting any younger, wants to find a man to marry
Mark and Maggie – struggling with lust
- Mark – thinks marriage isn’t for a while; looks at internet porn and lingerie ads and sometimes masturbates
- Maggie – reads romance novels and Cosmo; fantasizes romance with both imaginary and real men
Dave and Dina – are dating
- Just started dating a few months ago; in puppy love stage even though they insist that they’re not
- Spend a lot of time going out, talking on the phone, writing letters, etc.
- Are physically intimate, heavy petting, no sexual intercourse
Allen and Alyssa – are engaged
- Allen – nervous about getting married
- Alyssa – nervous about wedding plans
Bob and Brenda – are married
- Lead busy lives, either working, socializing, or attending to chores