Love Matters - exploring the Song of Songs

Love Matters

exploring the Song of Songs

 

Sex is not something we talk about publicly and it is right that too much information crosses the boundary of what is acceptable. But too little information or openness leads to all sorts of challenges too. The church does not have a good record in teaching sex well. There is a whole book in the Bible given over to good sex. It is the least read or taught book in the whole Bible. Ask any group of Bible teaching church leaders who has preached the Song of Songs you can lay a certain bet that it will be less than one or two!

Our society has become one in which sexual activity of any description between consenting adults has become acceptable. The Bible’s teaching is seen as outdated and it’s instruction by the church is seen as irrelevant and intolerant at best; bigoted, intolerant at worst. God’s gift to men and women in the creation of sexual chemistry and the framework for it to be enjoyed in a committed relationship between a man and a woman is no longer seen as something good.

Given the sexual freedom in western society we would imagine that sexual relationships would be more fulfilling. We would expect there to be less sexual crime. We would expect there to be a very different world than the one we experience. Buy any newspaper and see how many sex related articles recount pain and suffering. I did so on Dec 1st and on a train journey to London I found 6 and that was not reading the Sun, the Mirror or the Daily Mail! If this openness to sexual expression is not bringing a better sexual experience is there something better?

As Christians’ we have something valuable and better to offer. We need to regain our voice. We need our Christian community to live out Biblical values and be salt and light to those around us. How do we do that? We begin by opening God’s word and allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us to understand why God created sex and how we live out our sexuality. We begin to break down the taboos, talking about sex and we commit to support one another. Sexual relationships are rightly private but we need to understand that although private they have an impact on those around us.

This will not be a comfortable or easy series but as an eldership we feel it is timely and important enough to risk the challenges that will be experienced.

8th January: Song of Songs 1:1 - 2:7 "All Loved Up"

15th January: Song of Songs 2:8 - 3:5 "Love's Labour"

22nd January: Song of Songs 3:6 - 5:1 "Wedding Bells"

5th February: Song of Songs 5:2 - 8:4 "Paradise Lost and Found"

12th February: Song of Songs 8:5 - 8:14 "The Best Story"

19th February: "No Sex Please, We're British" - Song of Songs series overview - Genesis To Revelation: Sex in the Garden, Sex in the Desert and Sex in the city.

 

Our last series just finished:

Advent Series

As we approach the Christmas season, our minds are often filled with what this time of year will bring us. Our Advent series will remind us that God's gift of His Son Jesus is the most precious gift of all. We'll be looking together at some of the encounters at the beginning of Luke's Gospel to help us prepare for Christmas by looking forward to celebrating again God entering our world with a message of hope, love and security - the very things He knows our hearts really need!

27th November: Luke 1:5-25, "Bringing us back to the Lord our God" (key verse - 16) focussing on the character and role of John the Baptist

4th December: Luke 1:26-38, "Bringing us under God's everlasting rule" (key verse - 33) focussing on the angel Gabriel's message of the birth of Christ to Mary

11th December: Luke 1:39-56 "Bringing us joy in God our saviour" (key verse - 47) focussing on Mary's heartfelt response to God's promise

18th December: Luke 2:1-20 "Bringing us the Messiah we always needed" (key verse - 11) focussing on the brith of Jesus (all age service)


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