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Steve Zeisler - July 1, 2012

You Are Not Your Own

The end of chapter six speaks of the profound union of body and spirit, and of sexual coupling as a mysterious oneness. In chapter seven the experience of sex as a commonplace desire with the power to tempt us is in view. In chapter six we are directed to make bodily choices recognizing that our bodies belong to the Lord. In this passage we make choices recognizing that our bodies belong to our marriage partner.

Scripture References: 1 Corinthians 7:1-7

From Series: "Body. Life."

This sermon series picks up where we left off in February 2012 in the series "Moving on to Maturity" - in the middle of chapter six of 1 Corinthians. As we move selectively through the remaining ten chapters of the letter, we will use Paul's discussion of 'body' (Greek, soma) in its various meanings to choose passages for study. First, we'll consider the use of the word 'soma' to describe our ordinary human body (especially its sexual capacity), "the body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord." Further on, 'soma' signifies the bread of the communion table, "this is my body which is for you." and shortly after, the apostle declares of the church community, "you are the body of Christ." Finally in chapter 15 we read, "the body...is raised imperishable." These texts offer direct instruction and suggest wonderful implications. We should choose obedience and embrace opportunity. 'The Lord is for the body'. Let's not miss out.

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