Parent Corner: 1 Corinthians 5

The High School Student Bible Fellowship has recently started a series in 1 Corinthians. We want to give you an update on our lesson from last week. This subject can be some what awkward to address. We address it with the students as he comes up in the Bible as we are teaching verse by verse. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Intimacy Belongs in Marriage:  I Corinthians 5:1-13 

I Corinthians 5 is a chapter about open sexual sin and the church’s arrogance in permitting it to happen.  Paul made it clear that he didn’t even have to be present to make a judgment on that.  It is simply wrong.  For the grown leadership of the church, the lesson is about their obligation to keep the church pure and free from open and unrepentant sin and their destructive forces.  Really, they should have been sad about it but were not.  For our high school aged youth it’s a lesson about the dangers of fornication and a warning against hanging out with those involved in it.  God made our teens and He made intimacy also.  It is designed to be a beautiful thing in the context of marriage.  Outside of marriage it is physically and emotionally damaging and while the promise is happiness, the real outcome is lifelong baggage.

I Corinthians has a lot to say about sexual purity because so many believe the lie that you can manage sins like fornication and that its ok to do so.  Our young people live in a super-sensual world that has made the physical act of sex very casual and “normal” for the unmarried.  The reality is that God designed it to be first a relationship based on loving Him and loving a spouse (that you get married to) then secondly a physically wonderful experience.  Our girls were created by God to be loved and cherished and should never give themselves physically to any guy that will not first make a commitment to marriage and prove that commitment by waiting.  Our high school guys should live in a church full of men that honor their wives and make it evident that intimacy with only one woman (your wife) is the best and worth the wait.

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