July 9: Deadly Sin #7- Lust (Matthew 5:27-30)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
Scott Forney will continue a series going through Tim Keller's "Meaning of Marriage" at 10 am in the youth room. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the New Testament).
27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.
Lust is the last of the seven deadly sins. As mentioned previously, each of these sins is not only deadly to us individually but to our commuity of faith as well. As I look back at all of these sins (pride, envy, anger, greed, sloth, gluttony and lust) I am reminded of how they impact our lives in ways we had not even imagined. May God give us grace to find his ways to lead to more joy than the self-serving ways of these sins. Lust is last and for many of us it is the darkest. While lust can be a desire for anything (money, power, fame, etc.) we will look at lust in respect to sexuality. Lust is not equivalent to sexual desire but to a sexual desire that is expressed in a disordered way, a self-centered and self-gratifying way where it is reduced to a physical pleasure apart from mutual love and self-giving. Lust is a silent killer in our relationship with God, each other and ultimately ourselves. Jesus is calling the church to a deep purity and righteousness by unmasking its true nature and giving us ways to combat it.
Review and Apply
Why did God create us as sexual beings? What is a healthy view of sexuality?
In what ways does our culture make it difficult for us to think rightly about sexual desire?
What is the difference in 'looking' and 'lusting'?
How is lust a disordering of God's intention for sexual joy?
What are the costs faced by those who use pornography?
How has pornography impacted you?
How does pornography distort our view of the other sex?
What strategies have you found useful in battling lust?
How does the reality of our justification help us battle against this sin?
How can you involved other brothers and sisters in this struggle?