Today’s Bible study on Christian sexual ethics was originally taught as a Wednesday night Bible class at the church of Christ on McDermott Road. This was the final lesson in a series entitled, “True Love: The Truth About Sexuality in a World of Competing Ideas .”
In this lesson, Wes McAdams discusses how we have ALL tried to substitute true love—God’s love—with lesser love and we are all suffering the consequences. One of those lesser loves is romantic love, what the Greeks called, “eros.” Like all lesser loves, when it is made an ultimate love, eros becomes a counterfeit god that enslaves and destroys.
Jesus frees us from this slavery by connecting us with the love of God. Therefore, the church should be a home for recovering idolaters; a place to continually rediscover the superiority of the love of God. The church should be a community in which we can experience both forgiveness and transformation. In the church, we must maintain a unique perspective on the body, because we believe it becomes a temple for the Holy Spirit. We believe, “The body…is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body” (1 Corinthians 6:13).
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