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It's Just Sex!

Sex is a physical and spiritual gift from God, but only within marriage.

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I'm starting a four week series on sex, marriage, and singleness. My text for this series will be 1 Corinthians 6:12-7:40, where Paul addresses the church at Corinth on these issues. I've chosen one word to summarize the theme of each of these messages. In this sermon, I'll address the subject of why our sexuality is so important, and the key word here is purity. Next week I'll talk about the role of sex within marriage, and the key word will be intimacy. In two weeks I'll speak about why married couples ought to stay married: fidelity. Finally, in the last sermon, we'll look at some of the realities and benefits of being single, and the key word will be celibacy.

I don't think I have to tell you that these are relevant issues for us today. The prevailing attitude in our culture is: "It's just sex." In a recent survey 29 percent of people said they've had sex on a first date. Men have had an average of 20 sexual partners in a lifetime while women average 6. Eleven million adults said they visit adult-only web sites in a typical week. 65 percent of teenagers have had sex by the time they finish high school. Almost four in ten babies in the United States are born out of wedlock.

We even have something new in the greeting card industry. The Secret Lover Collection is "committed to providing a greeting card collection with empathy and understanding, without judgment, to lovers involved in a secret relationship." The founder says she launched it to help the unfaithful "express their emotions," but she really just wants to cash in on this huge market. How do you market greeting cards for the unfaithful? Very subtly. These cards will be displayed under labels like, "Love Expressions," and "Intimacy." Card messages include ...

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Mark Mitchell is pastor of Central Peninsula Church in Foster City, California.

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