Is Sexual Purity Possible?

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Through the Apostle Paul, God defines sexual purity: “It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5).

The research studies, primarily by the Barna Group and Covenant Eyes, reveal that initial exposure to porn (a form of sexual immorality) begins in childhood and progresses. Access to porn is increasingly easy due to the wide variety of formats now available, such as printed materials, the internet, DVDs, television, and more.

Let’s look at some data to see the scope and effects of porn in society and the church:

  • Over 40 million Americans are regular visitors to porn sites. The average visit lasts 6 minutes and 29 seconds.

  • There are around 42 million porn websites, which totals around 370 million pages of porn.

  • The porn industry’s annual revenue is more than the NFL, NBA, and MLB combined. It is also more than the combined revenues of ABC, CBS, and NBC.

  • 47% of families in the United States reported that pornography is a problem in their home.

  • Pornography use increases the marital infidelity rate by more than 300%.

  • Eleven is the average age that a child is first exposed to porn, and 94% of children will see porn by the age of 14.

  • 56% of American divorces involve one party having an “obsessive interest” in pornographic websites.

  • 70% of Christian youth pastors report that they have had at least one teen come to them for help in dealing with pornography in the past 12 months.

  • 68% of church-going men and over 50% of pastors view porn on a regular basis.

  • Of young Christian adults 18-24 years old, 76% actively search for porn.

  • 59% of pastors said that married men seek their help for porn use.

  • 33% of women aged 25-and-under search for porn at least once per month.

  • Only 13% of self-identified Christian women say they never watch porn – 87% of Christian women have watched porn.

  • 57% of pastors say porn addiction is the most damaging issue in their congregation. And 69% say porn has adversely impacted the church.

  • Only 7% of pastors say their church has a program to help people struggling with pornography.

So, what has been the church’s response to this problem? Apathy! This is confirmed by the very last statistic. They also prove that pornography causes infidelity in marriage, ultimately divorce!

One Good Solution!

God works through the Conquer Series to help fight the porn epidemic and its consequences. In weekly groups:

  • Explore the strongholds that keep men in bondage

  • Examine the neurochemistry of addiction

  • Discover the weapons and strategies of God

  • Investigate proven strategies to prevent relapse

  • Study practical daily techniques to remain free

Men: If you want to live in victory and freedom, it's yours for the taking. One confidential call, text, or email to Doug is a good first step. Click on the “Contact Us” button shown below. The Conquer Series is offered at the following location on Monday mornings from 9-11 and Tuesdays nights from 6:30 - 8:30.

Christ Church 15849-90th St. NE Otsego, MN 55330

 

Why Discipleship?

Why Discipleship?                                                                                                          1.  Like a lifeguard who protects your life when swimming, discipleship serves to guard one's life from Satan's attacks. Good mentors keep themselves in relationship with other growing Christians. 2.  Its Biblical! It's a command, not an option.                                                                                     3.  It reinforces the truth of God's Word in one's life.                                                                         4.  It offers a safe place to deal with failure.                                                                                 5.  It produces the next generation of Christian leaders.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   If making disciples is imperative, we must understand what discipleship actually means (Matthew 4: 19):                                                                                                                   1.  It is an Invitation to enter into a relationship with Jesus and then to follow (obey) his teachings.   2.  Discipleship is intentionally creating relational environments which allows it to flourish. 3.  Discipleship is spiritually multiplying ourselves in other people’s lives.                                    

Making disciples is a challenge because it requires patience as described from the book of Mark:                                                                                                             1.  Sometimes the disciples struggled to realize who their mentor was (4:35-41).                       2.  They didn’t always understand what Jesus could do (5:30-43).                                                   3.  They failed to learn from previous miracles (feeding 5,000 in 6:41 and 4,000 in 8:1-10).           4.  The disciples had God’s power at their disposal but still failed to exorcise a spirit primarily because they lacked faith and prayer (9:14-29).                                                                             5.  They rebuked people for bringing children to their mentor (10:13-16).                                     6.  One of them betrayed Jesus to death (14:43-46).                                                                    7.  All of the disciples deserted Jesus when He was arrested (14:50).                                         8.  One of them denied being a mentee at all (14:66-72).                                                               9.  Our effectiveness is in direct proportion to our faith (Romans 12:3).

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Disciples Who Make Disciples

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“What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one. I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth” (I Corinthians 3:6-7).

Apollos and Paul were disciples who made disciples. Paul planted the spiritual seed and then Apollos watered it. Each of them had a specific role in the discipleship process. Each emulated Jesus in their thoughts, words, and actions leaving the results to God. The disciples they made also emulated these same characteristics. Jesus promised, "Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father" (John 14:12).

The critical aspect of discipleship is passing on what you learned to other people who have not been discipled. Paul charged Timothy with that very task. It is described in II Timothy 2:2, “and the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” This is called the spiritual multiplication of disciples as illustrated below:

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On the other hand, spiritual addition is the result of a Christian who is saved by Jesus, but who has not been discipled, or has been discipled but has not discipled another person.  Spiritual addition is not what Jesus meant when he said to "Go and make disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28:19). The word "disciples" is plural, not singular.

Spiritual addition limits the amount of people who could be discipled and the biblical influence that is critically needed in our culture. Through the power of God's Holy Spirit, this influence helps to address our current cultural problems such as abortion, civil unrest, divorce, and financial struggles, just to name a few. Twelve Disciples Ministries (TDM) offers biblical discipleship in order to help create better relationships, providing the biblical answers to the needs of our culture. You can learn more about TDM by clicking on the button shown below. I, Doug Wood, would enjoy hearing from you, especially if discipleship has not been established in your life and/or church. Just send me an email through TDM's website located in the "Contact Us" tab. I can help you get started!

The following quote by Ken Adams of Impact Ministries helps to put spiritual multiplication further into perspective. He said, “Jesus took pre-Christians and turned them into reproducing Christians. He won them. He built them. He sent them. This is the exact process Jesus used to multiply disciples and it is to be the same process we use today. Jesus never intended for us to make disciples by addition – only by multiplication.”