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Monday Extras: “Why Sex Is Never Enough”

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Every week, on Monday, we will have a blog for you with the sermon manuscript and resources for diving deeper into the sermon.

Did You Know?

This week was a sermon overviewing the Song of Solomon. An interesting thing about Song of Solomon is how controversial it has been because of its sexual nature. Even before Jesus, the Jewish people were arguing about whether it should be included in Scripture because of its provocative symbolism. It wasn’t until the most popular rabbi of the first century[1], Akiba, accepted it that the Jewish people were comfortable with it. Rabbi Akiba said, “No day in the history of the world is worth the day when the Song of Solomon was given to Israel. For all the [wisdom books] are holy, but the Song of Solomon is a holy of holies.”[2] It seems as if rabbi Akiba is pointing to the fact that the Song of Solomon shows us something of the intimacy of God with his people just as in the Jewish temple the Holy of Holies was the place where God’s presence dwelt. But how much more should we Christians cherish this book as we have been given God’s intimate presence, in our very selves, as he dwells in us through his Holy Spirit.

Further Resources

  1. Taking the Song of Solomon as an analogy of the relationship of God with his people can leave us feeling quite uncomfortable. Click here for John Piper covering this discussion. 
  2. As Pastor Andrew mentioned, the book of Song of Solomon is widely disputed in its interpretation. There are many schools of thought. Biblical Studies professor Douglas Sean O’Donnell gives four helpful guideposts to help us interpret this book: “this is a song (guidepost one) about human love (guidepost two) found in the Bible (guidepost three) written to give us wisdom (guidepost four). If we keep these four things in mind, we should remain on the right path. I would HIGHLY recommend reading the entire article found here. It is a touch academic, but it is worth spending thirty minutes studying to have a great head start on reading SOS.
  3. A great tool for diving deeply into a book is a good commentary. For those who might be adventurous, I’ll give two options:
    1. For everyone: Exalting Jesus in Song of Songs (Christ-centered Exposition Commentary) by Danny Akin
    2. For the serious student: Song of Songs/Lamentations (Word Biblical Commentary) by Duane Garrett and Paul R. House

Featured Sermon Series Resource

Sex in a Broken World: How Christ Redeems What Sin Distorts by Paul David Tripp

Tripp zeroes in on the real reason that sex is a problem for us: our hearts. If we had hearts of pure love for God, nothing about the brokenness of the world would lead us into sin. But since sin has corrupted us at our very core, the world tempts us to sin willingly. The answer is that we need to be cleansed and made new, we need a savior. Our Savior is Christ, and only through faith in him and the gift of the Holy Spirit can sex be restored to the good and God-glorifying thing it was created to be.

This book will be an excellent companion with this sermon series and will have you diving deep into your own heart. It will compel you to start rooting out the deep seated sin that still remains for the love of Christ.

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-Alex Nolette (Equip Coordinator/Community Groups)

[1] Outside of Jesus, of course

[2] Quote in Eugene H. Merril, Mark F. Rooker, Michael A. Grisanti The World and the Word: An Introduction to the Old Testament pg. 98