This past Sunday we continued our series in the book of Ephesians by looking at Ephesians 5:3-5, focusing on sexual sin and the directive to flee immediately.
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Opening Scripture – Read Revelations 22:14, 17 & Genesis 2:25

Both of these scriptures present man in the condition God created him.
– free from sin and guilt
– physical, emotional, spiritual openness and transparency
– no shame; nothing to hide
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With sin came shame and the need to cover themselves and hide from God.

God’s intention for us:
– holiness
– walk without shame
– intimacy with God and others

The battle culminated at the cross:
– Jesus won the battle
– We have the privilege of continuing his plan to save, heal, train, and release
– The church is to keep our eye on the prize and finish well
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The closest we ever come to being in God’s image is the great gift of creation.

The enemy uses…
– tragedy of sexual abuse
– deception of sex outside of marriage
– scarring of lives through pornography

Read Ephesians 5:3-5

Do you see yourself in this list anywhere?

God has encoded into our humanity the precious gift of morality and Satan’s intent is to corrupt the most private part of life and attach shame.

God’s grace is the same in the mature church, grace disciplines us towards right living.
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Read 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

1.  Sexual sin is more costly than any other sin.
2.  Sexual sin is the sin against self.
– Read Proverbs 5:7-14

3. Sexual sin grieves the Holy Spirit.
– Read 1 Corinthians 6:19

4. Sexual sin tears up God’s house.
– Read 1 Corinthians 6:20
– Since immorality is more costly and against my own self, it follows that it tears down the temple, the home of God.
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Conclusion

So what do you do?
– Call it what it is, sin!
– Repent
– Don’t hide behind shame

The problem is not sin, it’s your attitude about sin.

Read 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

The Father wants to wash away your sin and shame.
He promised to cleanse your temple and provide a holy place inside of you for Him to dwell.
He will make you justified – Just as if you never sinned!

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Discussion Questions:

– What kind of house cleaning do you need to do in your temple?

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