David Platt – The Cross and Christian Sexuality (Part 1 of 2)

You can print out and follow along with the sermon notes here (4 pages) – www.radical.net/files/2650/MN_130630_c.pdf

1 Corinthians 6:12-20 – Sexual Immorality

12 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16 Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.”[b] 17 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.[c]

18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

At the 21st minute Platt talks about God’s design for our bodies, particularly sexually, how God has designed sex. He also recommends a thick book, a theology of sexuality, titled ‘True Sexual Morality’ by Daniel Heimbach. What is God’s design?

  1. Sex is relational- the two become one flesh
  2. Sex is covenantal – something you participate with the wife of your youth. Sex is only celebrated, it’s only advocated in the Bible, in the context of exclusive covenant relationship between a husband and wife. There is no other kind of sex that is ever celebrated in the Bible.
  3. Sex is intimate. It’s obviously physical, yet deeply spiritual. It literally draws a woman and a man so close that nothing comes between them. Nothing divides them, nothing separates them. Sex is a powerful picture of personal intimacy.
  4. Sex is fruitful. Sex is productive.
  5. Sex is what leads men and women to multiply.
  6. Sex is selfless, not self centered. Husbands should love their wives as their own bodies.
  7. Sex is complex. It involves the mind, the body and the soul.

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