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08-22-21 Kevin Goins - Managing Sexual Desire part 2

“Managing Sexual Desire” (part 2) 
Proverbs 5:3-4 
Some people have the idea that Christians never discuss sex, or, if they do, this discussion must take place behind locked doors.  If that is true, then it is a shame that no one communicated this rule to the authors of the Bible.  God created sex, and in his creation mandate he made sure that the human race can only flourish if sex flourishes.  Since God obviously finds great value in human sexuality, we need to make sure we see our sex life from his perspective.  This is especially true when it comes to how we manage our God-given sexual desire.                                           
I It may be helpful to start off with an outline of chapter 5, so we have an idea where Solomon is going:

 A. First, verses 3-6 focus on ______________ we should say “No” to sexual temptation. 

B. Second, verses 7-14 tell us ___________ we can say “No” to sexual temptation.

C. Third, verses 15-20 continue Solomon’s advice about how to say “NO” to sexual temptation, but from a very d_______________ point of view.

D. Finally, verses 21-23 answer the question about why we should say “No” to sexual sin, but this time from _____________ perspective.

II Why should I manage my sexual desires?  Because listening to sweet words of sexual temptation can result in a very _________________ life (5:3-4).

A. First, there is an issue we must deal with, and that is how many _____________________ see Proverbs chapter 5.

1. Many see in this chapter a patriarchal view of sex in which ______________ are always the victims and __________________ the victimizers.

2. But to see Proverbs in a more accurate way, we need to recognize these four points:

a. First, this book was written, not just for _______________, but for ______________________ as well.

b. Second, Solomon is writing about a sexual predator who was a woman, but that does not mean that in his mind o____________ women can be sexual predators.

c. Third, there is no doubt that the woman depicted in Proverbs 5 is an example of folly or foolishness, but Proverbs also depicts ___________ as a woman.

d. Fourth, there is a simple reason why Solomon talks about the adulteress (female) in chapter 5, and it is because Solomon’s concern is for his ______________. 

B. What is wrong with this woman Solomon describes in verses 3-4?

 1. First, __________ is she?

  a. The Hebrew text calls her “the _________________ woman.”

  b. She is strange for two reasons:

   1. First, she does not live by the ____________ standards of Israel.

2. Second, she is strange because she is not a female r____________ of Solomon’s son.

c. The really strange woman was the a____________________ or prostitute.

d. There is something else about who she is:  she may or may not be beautiful, but she does not ____________________ on her beauty to get what she wants.

2. Second, ______________ does she do?

a. The Jewish Old Testament scholar Michael Fox says that l___________ are the problem here, and l____________ are the only solution.

b. The strange woman uses her lips to f_______________ and manipulate the young man, hoping to persuade him to commit adultery.

c. The only way the son will escape her trap is if he uses his lips to counter her deceptive words with words of d____________________________.

d. The strange woman, or man, was an exception in Solomon’s day, but today he or she has become the n_________________. 

3. Third, to what do her actions _________________?

a. When the young man does what the strange woman wants, the result is the complete _________________________ of his life.

b. Solomon’s point is that though this woman pours out honey with her lips, inside she is nothing but ______________________.

c. The woman’s temptation -- if the son yields to it -- will result in some kind of ______________________.

08-08-21 Kevin Goins - 4 Keys to Managing Sexual Desire

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“Four Keys to Managing Sexual Desire” 
Proverbs 5:1-2 
Some people have the idea that Christians never discuss sex, or, if they do, this discussion must take place behind locked doors.  If that is true, then it is a shame that no one communicated this principle to the authors of the Bible.  God created sex, and in his creation mandate he made sure that the human race can only flourish if sex flourishes.  Since God obviously finds great value in human sexuality, we need to make sure we see our sex life from his perspective.  This is especially true when it comes to how we manage our God-given sexual desire.                                           
I Not only is Proverbs chapter five focused on the subject of sex, but so also are the following ___________ chapters.

 A. That is really not surprising, for two reasons:

1. Solomon knew from experience how the inability to manage one’s sexual desires could cause __________________.

2. It is not surprising that Solomon devotes so much attention to sexual desire because he is writing to his y___________________ s______________.

B. So, what is Solomon doing in chapter five?  He is trying to teach his son how to m______________ his sexual desire.

  -Solomon makes _____________ points in these two verses:

II First, we will never manage our sexual desires unless we are willing to __________________ to wisdom (5:1a).

A. What is unique about verse one is that Solomon is saying, “Of all the wisdom which God has given to me to give to you, this is a wisdom that I have seen p________________ true in my own life and experience.” 

B. In other words, Solomon is not speaking t______________________________ here.

c. Every parent’s desire is that our children learn from our mistakes rather than r____________________________ them.

II Second, we will never manage our sexual desires unless we are willing to take r____________________________________________ (5:1b).

A. The point is:  there is a time in life when it is appropriate to think about pursuing an intimate relationship, and there is a time when it is not appropriate, and both the _______________ and ________________ are agreed on this.

B. According to the WHO, each year around the world 770,000 adolescent girls under the age of ___________ get pregnant.

C. Solomon is c__________________ his son to realize the awesome responsibilities that come with sex.

III Third, we will never manage our sexual desires unless we learn to practice d_________________________________ (5:2a).

A. Solomon is asking his son to listen to his teaching so he can develop the ability to make g__________ j______________________ about relationships.

B. Discretion weighs the pros and cons, both in the p___________________ sphere of life and in the m____________________ sphere of life.

C. Discretion means not behaving like an animal with nothing but i___________________ and u______________________ to guide us.

IV Fourth, we will never manage our sexual desires unless we learn how to manage our s_______________________________ (5:2b).

 A. Illicit sexual encounters do not happen without ____________________.

B. The generation that is a________________ or a__________________ to talk about sex is, in some measure, responsible for the sexual immorality of the next generation.

C. According to a 2019 survey done by the Institute for Family Studies, among male and female never-married Evangelicals between the ages of 18 and 22, _________% have engaged in sexual intercourse. 

08-01-21 Kevin Goins - How are we present for the Lord’s Supper?

“How Are We Present at the Lord’s Supper?” 
Luke 24:30-33 
One of the most debated questions in Christian theology is this:  How is Jesus present at the Lord’s Supper?  There is, however, another question which is of equal significance:  how are we present at the Lord’s Supper?  It may be that we are only here out of habit, or we may be here only mentally while the rest of our person is longing to be somewhere else.  If we cannot be present at the Lord’s Supper fully and unreservedly, it may be that we need a fresh perspective on this meal which has been provided for us by our Savior.  Hopefully, we will find a fresh perspective in out text today.                                        
I Most Bible students believe there are ____________ accounts of the Lord’s Supper in the New Testament:  one in Matthew, one in Mark, one in Luke, and Paul’s account in 1 Corinthians 11.

A. But there is also in the New Testament an account of one occasion on which the Lord’s Supper was celebrated ______________ the death and resurrection of Jesus.

B. How many times was the Lord’s Supper celebrated before Jesus went to the cross?  ________________.

 How many times has the Lord’s Supper been celebrated after the death and resurrection of Jesus?  _________________ __________________.

II Is there anything in this account of the Lord’s Supper that gives us a d____________________ perspective than what we find in the other accounts?

A. First, the Luke 24 account reminds us that celebrating the Lord’s Supper ought to be an e_________-o____________________ experience for us (24:31).

1. The bread and the wine are not i_______________, or visions, or teachings about Jesus. 

2. We have a tendency to think of Jesus as o_______________________.

B. Second, the Luke 24 account reminds us that Jesus, who is with us as we celebrate, is no longer l______________________ in the ways he was on earth (24:31b).

1. Jesus was born with a physical body like ours, but after the resurrection he had a glorified body no longer limited by s_______________ and t______________.

2. Until we are sure Jesus sees us, we will never produce a h__________________.

C. Third, the Luke 24 account reminds us that what we know of the power of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we know from ______________ _________________ (24:32).

1. Holding the bread and cup in our hands reminds us that Jesus is here, but that is _____________ what convinces us that Jesus is our risen Savior.

2. Nothing will strengthen our faith in Jesus so much as ________________ and _____________________ what God’s Word says about him.

D. Finally, we need to hear verse 33: “They got up and r_________________________ at once to Jerusalem.”

1. What they had seen in Jerusalem over the last weekend had s______________ and d______________________ them; it had destroyed their faith.

2. After this experience of the Lord’s Supper they couldn’t wait to get back to that terrible place, because they wanted to tell people about the ________________ _____________________.

III There is no place or situation so unbearable that the presence of the crucified and risen Christ in us cannot bring ____________________ and ____________________.

 

 

07-25-21 Kevin Goins - Christmas In July

“Christmas in July”

John 10:22-39

You may believe that it was retailers who dreamed up the idea of Christmas in July in order to increase their sales in the doldrums of summer.  In fact, it is the Bible that brings up this issue and that is what our text today is all about today. 

What does this text have to do with Christmas?                                        

I               First, there is the d________________ of our text (10:22-23).

 

  1. The Feast of Dedication celebrates the Jew’s victory over the Syrian King Antiochus _______.

 

  1. The Messiah had been born and was now in the world teaching and healing, but they were not thinking of him. Instead, they were celebrating, not a religious holiday, but a n____________________ holiday.

 

  1. Christmas is just something almost all Americans __________.

 

II             Second, this text and Christmas are about s_________________________ (10:24).

 

  1. There are two things about this suspense:

 

  1. First, whatever kind of suspense it was, it was i__________________________.

 

  1. Second, their suspense is specifically about whether Jesus is the _______________________.

 

  1. If Jesus had said, “I am the Messiah,” we know they would have understood it p_______________________________.

 

III            Third, this text and Christmas are both focused on ______________ (10:25-30).

 

  1. Christmas is a birthday party for Jesus, and yet everyone gets a gift e______________________________ him.

 

  1. The easier and more n________________ way to translate verse 29 is: “The gift my Father has given to me is greater than all.”

 

  1. The reason Jesus sees us as the greatest of all gifts is not because we are the greatest to ever be loved, it is because he is the greatest ________________.

 

IV            Fourth, this text and Christmas both demonstrate the insidious nature of i___________________________ (10:31-32).

 

  1. Revenge returns evil for evil, but ingratitude returns evil for ____________________.

 

  1. When we say, “Is that all there is?” what we are actually saying is, “All I have been given is not __________________ enough.”
  2. We cannot feel disappointment about the one thing we do not have without setting aside and i____________________ the myriad of things we do have.

V             Finally, both this text and Christmas ask one question: “_________ is _____________?” (10:33-39)

07-18-21 Kevin Goins - Why Does Jesus Call Himself the Good Shepherd?, part 3

“Why does Jesus call himself ‘the Good Shepherd?’” (Part 3)
John 10:11-21 
For most of us, the statement that “Jesus is the good shepherd” lies at the bedrock of our Christian faith.  Many of the Jewish religious leaders, however, were very upset that Jesus was acting as a shepherd, because for them the attention Jesus was receiving was anything but “good.”  In our text today Jesus gives the Pharisees some very plain reasons for why he is the good shepherd.                                        
I First, Jesus is the Good Shepherd because he is “the Friend of Sinners” (10:11a).
II Second, Jesus is the Good Shepherd because he lays down his life for the sheep (10:11b-13).
III Third, Jesus is the Good Shepherd because he knows both his sheep and God intimately (10:14-15).
IV Fourth, Jesus is the Good Shepherd because his love and care is not limited to the nation of Israel (10:16).

V Fifth, Jesus is the Good Shepherd because he is the __________ of ___________ (10:17).

 A. There are three clear indicators in this verse that Jesus is God’s Son:

1. First, and most obvious, Jesus is God’s Son because he c_____________ God his Father.

2. Second, Jesus is God’s Son because he ______________ his life for the sheep.

a. If his willingness to g__________ his Son to die for us reveals that God has the heart of a Father, the fact that Jesus is willing to be g_____________ shows that he has the heart of a Son.

b. Both God the Father and Jesus the Son are working together to save humanity because both share the same h______________ and the same n________________.

3. The third indicator that Jesus is God’s Son is found at the end of this verse: “The reason the Father loves me is that I lay down my life – only to t__________ it up a__________.”

B. We can count on our shepherd to be the Good Shepherd because he is like no _______________ shepherd who ever lived.

VI Sixth, Jesus is the Good Shepherd because he has a_____________________ given him by God (10:18).

 A. As Son of God, Jesus was i__________________ to any kind of human attack.

B. Jesus never acts on his own in relation to the Father, but he always acts on his own in relation to p________________.

C. Jesus has the authority to defeat death because he got a command from God the Father to give his life for the sins of the world and he o______________ that command.

D. To make your death count as a substitute for the punishment of billions of people requires a_______________ authority, and to overcome death requires u___________________ authority – and that is the authority of our shepherd.

VII Seventh, Jesus is the Good Shepherd because he gives people the opportunity to d________________ whether they want to follow him (10:19-21).

A. The problem is: Jesus is the Good Shepherd o________________ for those who choose to follow him.

B. There are two things about choosing which make it so difficult:

1. In our world there are m__________ decisions which we need to make each day. 

2. The second problem is that every decision we make has consequences and some consequences change our life s_____________________.

C. There are so many choices, so many decisions we must make each day, and each of these decisions is making us into a p__________________ kind of person.


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