MGR#1: God’s Design for Human Sexuality

Study Guides

STUDY GUIDE FOR 4/22/2018: GOD’S DESIGN FOR HUMAN SEXUALITY

Think about life:

  • The average American watches 5 hours of TV a day. 60% of teenagers watch 20 hours a week, 33% of teenagers watch 40 hours a week. What messages about human sexuality do we receive through the media?

  • What messages did you receive from your parents or church about human sexuality? What it a positive presentation of God’s design or an emphasis on “don’ts”?

  • In your own experience have the mechanics of sex been learned apart from the meaning of sexual intimacy?

  • If you are a parent or grandparent, what steps can you take to positively present God’s design for human sexuality to your children and grandchildren?

Digging Deeper into Scripture:

  • Read Genesis 1:26-31

    • What does it mean to be a human being? What makes us different from the animals God created? What is our purpose? How important is procreation in God’s design?

    • On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being highest, how pleased is God with his creating human beings, in his image, as male and female?

  • (Note: Leviticus 18 is often viewed by Liberal scholars as not applying to us today.)

    • Read Lev. 18:1-5.

      • What are the reasons given for the regulations that will follow?

      • What will the people experience as they obey? (18:5)

    • Read Lev. 18:6-24

      • This “don’t” list is a description of the sexual practices of those currently living in Canaan. Do we observe these “don’ts” in our culture today?

    • Read Lev. 18:27-30

      • How important is the sexual behavior of God’s people to God? Why?

  • Read Prov. 5:15-17

    • How does this command differ from the romantic story lines in TV and movies?

    • What are the advantages of keeping sexual intimacy within marriage?

    • What are the disadvantages of having multiple sexual partners?

  • Read Proverbs 5:18-19

    • This is not a “don’t” passage. This is a “do” passage. What are God’s people who are married encouraged to do?

Daily Scripture readings: Song of Songs; Mt. 19:1-12; 1 Cor. 6:12-20; 1 Cor. 7:1-39; Heb. 13:4