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October 2, 2016

Weekly Announcements to GG Leaders:
Upcoming Events:

Oct. 8/Sat Men’s Breakfast/8:30am/Bldg. B

10/Sat Women’s Unwind & Connect/7pm/Bldg. B
16/Sun Meet the Pastors Lunch (for all WCC new attendees)/12pm/Bldg. B
16/Sun Operation Christmas Child kick off (boxes available in the lobby on Oct. 9)
20/Thu SALT Luncheon/11:30am/Bldg. B
30/Sun Fall Family Festival/4pm

Message Title: Love and Wisdom

Series: Respect the Beard
Verses used: Song of Solomon 2:3-7,3:5, 8:4, Prov 5:1-23
Key verses:

Song of Solomon 2:7, Prov 5:18

Sermon Notes:
1. It is better to learn and live than live and learn.
2. Song of Solomon is a picture of pure marital love that speaks openly and joyfully of human sexuality.
3. Song of Solomon provides a model for how a husband and wife were to feel toward one another and how they could express their feelings.
The warning label of Song of Solomon is:

4. Do not awaken love until it's time. (2:7; 3:5; 8:4)

5. God’s laws are not restrictive but protective!

6. God values our human sexuality

7. God protects our human sexuality in the confines of marriage

8. God tells us to protect our marriages.

Small Group Questions
Week 4 Respect the Beard
Icebreaker: Have you ever been to Las Vegas? What were your first impressions of the place?

  1. Pastor Frank mentioned a popular phrase in our culture, “live and learn.” The wisdom in the Bible teaches us to learn first and then live. Can you think of a time in your life when you wished you’d learned something before you lived it?

  2. When you were younger, do you remember who taught you or how you first found out about sex?

  3. Do you have a life mission statement? Have you ever thought about what it would be? What would you engrave on your sword?

  4. Why do you think people in our culture don’t normally equate God with human sexuality? Where do you think that kind of thinking comes from?

  5. In the Song of Solomon, God places a warning label on sex—that we not awaken it until the right time. What do you think God is trying to protect us from?

  6. Read Proverbs 5:7-8. Based on what Solomon says, what are some practical steps we can take to protect our relationships?

  7. Read Proverbs 5:21-23. What differences should these verses make in our thoughts and decisions on human sexuality?

  8. Read 1 Cor. 6:18-20. In the time since Solomon wrote, God has given us the Holy Spirit to dwell inside us. How does the presence of God in our lives make Solomon’s truths and wisdom even more powerful?

Something to think about this week…

Martin Luther said of sexual temptation, “We can’t do anything about the birds flying over our head, but we can prevent them from building a nest in our hair.”
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