Talks

Chris Band

Outside the Safety Zone ()

Chris Band, November 18, 2018
Part of the Marriage, Gender and Identity series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

We live in a sexually immoral society, for example with porn so readily available.
St Paul interestingly says that to remain single means that we could live a life of devotion to God.
The Greek word in the NT for any form of sexual relationship outside marriage is 'porneia'.
The Bible is full of instructions to flee from sexual immorality. Matt 5 says it in the strongest possible terms.The warnings are all because God wants to save us from sexual immorality. one of the fruits of the Spirit is self control. If we are lacking in self control, we need more of God.
The Spirit gives us the freedom to choose holiness, the freedom to choose not to sin.
We are amazingly blessed that God is a forgiving God who restores us when we confess and repent.

Tags: Forgiveness, Freedom, gender, identity, marriage, morality, pornography, repentance, restoration, sexual immorality



About Chris Band: Chris became a Christian at the age of 11. He has studied theology at 3 different academic institutions for 9 years in total – Birmingham University, London School of Theology and the University of Oxford. He worked for five years with national students in the UK (with UCCF) and then for seven years amongst international students (with Friends International). He also taught New Testament Studies in North India for 3 years. Chris is married to Breeze and they have two daughters, Petra and Tia. His hobbies and interests include reading, classical music, film, DIY and Sport. Following ministerial training at Regent’s Park College, Oxford (during which he was on placement with us at HBC), Chris was ordained as a Baptist minister and formally inducted as a full-time minister at Headington Baptist Church in September 2009.
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