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Sermon On The Mount

The Price Of Purity

Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe | July 24, 1977

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In this section of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus discusses the gift of sex. As Christians, we must have a healthy view on an area of life that the world has polluted. Pastor Wiersbe unpacks key principles related to sex including respect, desire, and commitment to help us understand and apply God’s law.

Transcripts for Dr. Wiersbe's sermons are forthcoming. Below is an outline of his message.

Jesus is explaining the law so that we might not accept a substitute.

God did not give His law to make life miserable for us. He gave it that we are not miserable.

God’s law governs the rules of the universe.

In this section of the Sermon on the Mount Jesus is talking about the gift of sex.

Jesus affirms, explains, and applies God’s law of “you shall not commit adultery.”

As Christians, we must have a healthy viewpoint on an area of life that the world has polluted.

Three principles:

  • Respect sex because it came from God.
    • Fornication is a sin against your own body.
    • God created a man and a woman, establishing a normal pattern of life.
    • God protects sex for our own good.
  • Desire: explaining God’s law
    • There is a difference between admiring someone’s beauty ad gazing with a lustful intent.
    • You don’t have to commit the physical act to be guilty of sin, we just have to commit it in our heart.
    • The heart of the problem is the problem in the heart.
    • We must learn to control the desires of our heart.
    • How do we keep our hearts clean when we live in a world that surrounds us with moral pollution?
    • We must deal drastically with sin. Jesus tells of to cut it off.
    • We can cultivate spiritual growth.
    • Cut off what is wrong, and build up what is right.
    • Sex outside of the will of God always tears down.
  • Sex is a commitment, not an experiment.
    • There were laws concerning almost every aspect of marriage.
    • Jesus said there is one ground for divorce, fornication.
    • Fornication covers many sexual sins.
    • Jesus is saying marriage is a commitment for life.

Sex is not a toy to play with; sex is a tool to build with.

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