Bible Study, Wisdom

A Biblical Strategy for Fighting for Purity

This is a re-post from Justin Taylor’s blog Between to Worlds.

This is a must read and listen for all men.

A Biblical Strategy for Fighting Sexual Lust

[Listen to] A good message here from Rick Holland at the Resolved Conference.

Using Proverbs 5, he identifies six biblical strategies that will ensure sexual purity:

  1. Undertake the pursuit of biblical instruction (Prov. 5:1-2).
  2. Undress the deception of sexual sin (Prov. 5:3-6).
  3. Understand the value of safe distance (Prov. 5:7-8).
  4. Unmask the regret of sin’s aftermath (Prov. 5:9-14).
  5. Unlock the satisfaction of marital fidelity or intimacy (Prov. 5:15-19).
  6. Unleash the power of God’s omniscience (Prov. 5:20-23).

You can also read a manuscript below from an earlier version. The Resolved message was different, but the general outline is the same:

Fatal Attraction

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

One Commnet on “A Biblical Strategy for Fighting for Purity

  1. Wow…what a way to start my morning.

    Are we starving our men? Yes.

    A couple of days ago, I was watching some of John Piper’s videos and saw a guy talking, Matt Chandler lead pastor at the Village. Don’t remember what I was watching or listening to but I do remember going to the Village website and looking around their for what they were doing…I don’t remember anything I read/watched about vision or mission or anything that would tell me what they were about…BUT…I did learn what the church is about through a couple dozen video testimonies that they have posted as to what God was doing in the lives of those who worship at the village…stories of grace, of mercy, of forgiveness, of acceptance, of ACCOUNTABILITY. Check them out.

    At the end of this sermon…two statements stick out

    1. Create an atmosphere of grace in your fellowship
    2. Shepherd relationships that are accountable

    Last night, I mentioned “confessing our sins to one another” in the context of how we are so afraid to show vulnerability because we may be less forgiving than we should be at a meeting at church and heads dropped…eyes left mine…

    At the Village…person after person mentioned how strong accountable relationships were key to overcoming the drepravity of life…

    So…how do you do this (give men the tools to overcome) without that (the paralyzing fear of honesty)?


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