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{March 17, 2019}






Heartland Community Church


March 17 – 23, 2019

 

Walk This Way: Sexual Brokenness

By Rhonda Stock

Sex. Every generation thinks it is the first to ever discover the mysteries and delights of this great gift from God. Oh sure, these young whippersnappers know that, technically, every preceding generation must have engaged in the act of sexual intercourse enough to keep the human race from dying out. But the old geezers couldn’t possibly have known the wonder, the passion of physical intimacy.

To this I say, “Ha ha ha! That’s what you think!” Sex goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden, when the Bible tells us “Adam knew Eve, his wife” (Genesis 4:1). And because we live in a fallen world, it wasn’t long before humanity began abusing this precious gift. The Bible is full of tragic accounts of rape, incest and other horrific examples of sexual abuse.

Sex is as old as humanity. Pornography is almost that old. Archaeologists have found pornographic graffiti perfectly preserved in the ruins of Pompeii, a city which was buried in volcanic ash in 79 A.D. Ecclesiastes 1:9-10 says, “That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which it may be said, ‘See, this is new’? It has already been in ancient times before us.”

Sex isn’t new. Pornography isn’t new. Sexual abuse and misuse aren’t new. And the scars left by humanity’s exploitation of sex are not new either. Maybe you carry scars yourself. Maybe you feel guilt because you did not “save yourself” for marriage. Maybe you feel shame because you contracted a sexually transmitted disease. Maybe you were systematically abused as a child. Maybe you were raped. Maybe you carry scars so deep inside your heart that you scarcely acknowledge they exist.

That’s okay.

You are loved.

If you sinned, you can be forgiven.

If you were sinned against, you can find healing.

No one is here to judge you or condemn you.

In John 8, pious religious leaders dragged a woman in front of Jesus. In verse 4 they insisted that they had caught her “in adultery, in the very act.” (Interesting that they didn’t bring the man she was caught with, just her.) Jesus sent them on their way and turned to the woman. There she was, broken and condemned, with not one person to stand up for her. But Jesus said He did not condemn her. In verse 11 He told her to “go and sin no more.”

Most people stop the story at verse 11. But in verse 12 Jesus proclaims that He is “the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

You’ve been in the darkness long enough. Come into the light. Jesus is waiting for you.

{sunday 3.17.19}

Read John 8:1-12

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Read the story of the woman caught in adultery. What do you think her life was like before she encountered Jesus? What was it like after? Do you have something in your life you would like to bring before Jesus? A sin you would like to confess, a habit you would like to break, a secret shame that haunts you? After reading John 8:11, what do you think Jesus would say to you if you brought it to Him right now?

If you would like to talk with someone, please leave a confidential message on our Care Line and a member of the Care Team will respond within 48 hours. That number is (913)341.5820 ext 330. If this is an emergency, please dial 911.

Wednesday, March 27, 6:30-8:30 PM in the Garage

For anyone interested in processing or going deeper into the sexual brokenness/healthy sexuality message from Sunday, March 17, we are offering a follow up gathering. This is a topic that impacts us all, whether it’s an area we want to grow in awareness and training, or something we are walking out with someone we love.

Join us on Wednesday, March 27, 6:30-8:30 PM in the garage. We’ll hear one couple’s story of addiction/recovery and explore these issues further in a panel discussion with experts in this field. A time of Q&A will be offered as well.

CLICK HERE for more info and to register for childcare.

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

As you read the verses each day, make notes of questions you have about what you’re reading as well as answering the reflection questions below. Grab a friend or two to discuss what you are learning and what God is doing in your lives.

{monday 3.18.19}

Read Romans 5:12-6:4

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How would you define sin? Why does it separate us from God? Discuss this with a trusted friend or group.   

{tuesday 3.19.19}

Read Romans 6:5-16

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What does it mean to be dead to sin but alive in Jesus?  

{wednesday 3.20.19}

Read Romans 6:17-7:6

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Have you ever been a slave to sin? How did that feel? How did it feel to be freed from that sin?   

{thursday 3.21.19}

Read Romans 7:7-20

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Paul says he would not have known sin if the law did not point it out. How do you know what sin is?   

{friday 3.22.19}

Read Romans 7:21-8:8

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Have you ever had that feeling that you want to do was is right but evil is close at hand? How do you handle this struggle? Who helps you through this struggle?  

{saturday 3.23.19}

Read Romans 8:9-19

Observe, Reflect, Apply: This ties in closely to what Dan’s sermon was this week. Our bodies themselves are not bad, but if we follow our desires only then we will be in sin. Jesus gives us spiritual desire that leads to freedom. Pray for clarity on what you need freedom from.  

 

{community discussion questions}

We weren’t meant to experience the life of Jesus alone, so we encourage you to rally a few others to discuss what you are hearing, reading, and reflecting on together. Whether you are meeting as a Journey Community group, talking with a few friends throughout the week, or bringing up spiritual conversations around your table at home, feel free to use some of these questions as conversation starters on your journey.

  • Can you name a takeaway or challenge from the Sunday message?
  • How has that been relevant, challenging, or meaningful to your life this week?
  • What have you observed about God, Jesus, yourself, others, or God’s plan for you from these readings?
  • Where do you need a breakthrough from God this week?
  • Who do you need to share what you’re learning about God with?

 

{extra journey resources}

THE JOURNEY VLOG: Our own Seth Davidson has a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to on YouTube. Five days out of each week he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for that day. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

CLICK HERE to visit The Bible Project site and explore their super simple, super informative Bible videos (and other resources).

CLICK HERE to get the Read Scripture App, from our friends at The Bible Project.

CLICK HERE for more on how to use the observe-reflect-apply approach to getting the most out of your Bible reading.

The Bible App Get a free Bible for your phone, tablet, and computer. Experience the Bible anywhere, with options to highlight, save notes, and share what you are reading with others.

Bible Gateway Provides advanced Bible searching capabilities, which allow readers to find passages in scripture based on keywords, phrases, or scripture reference.

 

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