Friday, October 16, 2009

Small Group Confronts Sexual Sin

Unless you were snoozing through worship this past weekend - and I don’t know how you could have - you heard loud and clear in the "Jesus Confronts Sexual Sin" message from Revelation 2:18-29 that Jesus - and Pastor James - is pretty serious about sexual purity. The question is whether your small group is serious about sexual purity. Does your small group confront sexual sin?

You might wonder how a small group can or even if a small group should confront sexual sin. Remember Jesus said in Revelation 2:20, "But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants to practice sexual immorality …" Our small groups cannot be a place where we tolerate anything associated with sexual immorality. But if you are not regularly asking accountability questions around sexual purity, your small group may be tolerating such things.

So what should you be asking? Use the HBC accountability questions as a base (e.g., explicit materials, been with a woman) and build from there. I used a Men@War on sexual purity a few years ago to push a higher level of accountability on sexual purity within our small group. All the men agreed to be transparent and truly accountable and to ask and answer accountability questions in this area every week -- including specific questions for each man based on what God had convicted them of at Men@War.

Use the message this past week as a catalyst to do the same thing with your group. Start with the "5 Things Tolerated in Christian Homes that Shouldn’t Be." Take the lead and confront sexual sin in your small group.