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Made 4 More | Gospel & Sex 2009

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Made 4 More
The Gospel, Relationships, Gender & Sexuality

Fall 2009 sermon series [Nov 8 - Dec 6]


Note: Updated sermons with improved audio quality can be found in our 2011 series on God & Sex:  HERE

Week 5 | Gospel Dating & Marriage

Date: 12.06.09
Speaker: Kristian Martens
Texts: Genesis 1-3, Proverbs 31:10-31, Ephesians 5:31-33, 1 Cor 7:8-9, Hebrews 13:4-6, 1 Peter 5:6-7

Summary:
This week we wrap up our study of sexuality, gender & relationships through the lens of the Gospel. We'll look at both the gift of singleness and the joy of marriage, and some of the biblical guidelines for moving from the former to the latter. This will be one of the more practical sermons thus far at Reality, taking on more of a pastoral / counselor tone.

If you're not married but would like to be, this may act as some pre-marital counseling. If you're married but less than satisfied, some of this material may give you and your husband/wife much to pray about & work through together. If you're married and are in bliss, consider yourself blessed by God. That's what your marriage was intended for.

My prayer is that whether you're divorced, married, single, widowed, or some combination thereof - and whether you are submitted to Jesus as Lord or not - that this message will resonate in your heart & soul.

You were made for so much more. You are an image bearer of Jesus - and your relationships either point people towards Jesus or away from Him. Turn to Jesus & receive forgiveness for the past & hope for the future.

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Week 4 | Gospel Womanhood

Date: 11.29.09
Speaker: Kristian Martens
Texts: Genesis 1-3, 4:17, Proverbs (all), esp 31:10-31, 1 Corinthians 11:3-12, Ephesians 5:21-33, Titus 2, 1 Peter 3:1-7

Summary:
As we study the God-given gift of sexuality, it is essential to look at our God-directed gender as it relates to others and to God. We were not designed as gender-less robots - but male & female. Equal in value & worth - but unique & distinct by Gods design.

We desperately need to hear what the Bible teaches about women as it relates to being single, married, a wife and a mother - as well as a follower of Jesus.

In this sermon, we will look at the historical & current state of femininity in Canada, how Jesus dealt with women - and then begin to lay out a biblical, Gospel-centred model for womanhood. Starting in Genesis, we'll see their original purpose - and how it has become so corrupted today. We'll identify the common sins of women - and end with a call to Gospel-centred beauty from Proverbs.

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Week 3 | Gospel Manhood

Date: 11.22.09
Speaker: Kristian Martens
Texts: Genesis 1-3:19, Proverbs 2,4,14, Ephesians 5:21-33 I Corinthians 11:7, 16:13, Colossians 3:18, 1 Peter 3:7

Summary:
As we study the God-given gift of sexuality, it is essential to look at our God-directed gender as it relates to others and to God. We were not designed as gender-less robots - but male & female. Equal in value & worth - but unique & distinct in many ways.

While historically men have held a high place in society - a position often abused - ours is a culture where masculinity is in crisis. Boys are growing up without positive role models - and often without a father. The media portrayal of men tends towards either chauvinist bullies or - more commonly - irresponsible cowards.

Contrast that with our design as men: the very essence of masculinity is courage & responsibility.

We need to hear what the Bible teaches about men as it relates to being a husband and a father - as well as a follower of Jesus.

In this sermon, we will look at the historical & current state of masculinity in Canada - and then begin to lay out a bibilical, Gospel-centred model for men. Starting in Genesis, we'll see our original purpose - and why everything now seems to war against this design. We'll identify the common sins of men - and end with a call to Gospel-centred dudeliness from 1 Corinthians 11 & 16.

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Week 2 | Sex in the city

Date: 11.15.09
Speaker: Kristian Martens
Texts: Genesis 1 & 2, Songs 4 & 7, Ephesians 5, Matthew 5:27-30, Romans 6:5-6, I Corinthians 6 & 7, Galatians 6:7-8

Summary:
When God designed us, he gave us a cultural mandate - be fruitful & multiply - cultivate & have dominion over the entire earth. In our day we dont seem to be capable of having dominion over even our underwear.

In this 2nd week of our Made for More series, we'll look at some common distortions & deceptions our culture holds regarding sexuality & love. We'll then shine the light of the Gospel on the subject and seek the Scripture for truth & wisdom as it relates to sexuality & our identity. Purposes of sex will include: oneness/intimacy, pleasure, procreation, knowledge & security - but will emphasize the glory of God. Sex is designed as a pointer to God's glory & character, and Christian marriages should reflect that beauty in the time & place were called. Christian sex in the city should be radically distinct from the worlds view of sexuality. And that happens by applying the truth of the Gospel to our whole being.
We were made for so much more than our culture suggests. May we live in the freedom & joy that Jesus calls us to - and in doing so - be truly Good News to our city.

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Week I | Gospel Sexuality

Date: 11.08.09
Speaker: Kristian Martens
Texts: Genesis 1:26-28, 2:18,22-25, Proverbs 5:18-19, Romans 1:16,20-25, I Peter 2:11-12

Summary:
In this first week of our Made for More series, well unpack the current state of our cultures preoccupation with sex (as religion), and how the Christian church has historically-pathetically responded.

It is my great conviction that the church has to get this one right - if it is to have a relevant & effective Gospel response in our city. We need a robust theology of sex that is biblical, Gospel-centred, God-glorifying, fully-satisfying - and that doesnt turn sex into an idol or into something dirty or gross.

Starting with the creation story in Genesis, well how Gods design from the beginning was not for sexual desire to be killed, but directed towards marriage & fully enjoyed. Sex was God's idea. That we were designed to be naked without shame - in the context of covenant marriage (Gen 2:24-25). And that we were created for love to be expressed in a beautiful God-designed rhythm - that moved from companionship & commitment to sexual intimacy. So that sexual intimacy is not simply an act between 2 bodies, it is the intimate mingling of souls.

We were made for so much more than our culture suggests. Lets live in the freedom & joy that Jesus calls us to - and in doing so - be Good News to our city.