Matthew 5:27-30


“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.  If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

 Matthew 5:27-30

See Warning about Video Length and Info

For Discussion:

Do you think Christians or non-Christians have a healthier view of sexuality? Why?

In what ways do we tend to de-humanize others?

Some see this passage (and much of Matthew chapters 5-7) as “hard sayings of Jesus” that are not attainable but intended to teach us how much we need God’s grace. How does the approach that Kim and Todd discussed differ from this?

Is the term ‘purity culture’ one that you are familiar with? Do you agree with Todd’s statement that Christians have made an idol of sexual purity?

Christian writer Skye Jethani writes: “Jesus does not condemn sexual desires… and He does not place the blame for lust on women, the culture or any other external force. Rather He warns about the deformation that happens when we deliberately engage our will in the pursuit of lust.” What are the implications for us if this is true?

Be warned: this video is a bit longer than usual (just over 20 minutes). We had a lot to say about sex apparently! Micro-churches can decide whether they want to watch ahead of time and discuss when they gather or watch and discuss together.

Also, be warned: there is nothing graphic or offensive here, but if you have little people in your micro-church, this topic is tough to translate into the little kid world.