SERMON TEXT: Matthew 5:27-30

SCRIPTURES REFERENCED: John 3:16, Galatians 2:20, 1 John 4:10, Ephesians 5:25-27, Romans 8:6

NEW CITY CATECHISM: Question #12 | What does God require in the ninth and tenth commandments? Ninth, that we do not lie or deceive, but speak the truth in love. Tenth, that we are content, not envying anyoneor resenting what God has given them or us.


  1. God’s Design for Marriage: Wholeness by Self-Giving
  2. Lust & The Gospel
  3. Lust & the Kingdom of God


"At 29, Curtis and his girlfriend have the most traditional arrangement. They met at a restaurant where they both worked at the time, happened to break up with people the same week, took advantage of their newfound freedom to sleep together immediately, and then started dating – an order of events he says is very much the norm. “It’s almost in reverse in a sense. It’s like the relationship is the really special and unique part,” while the sex is a step you take to see whether or not you’d want to commit to the relationship. Joe is even more pointed: “It’s more fun to get [sex] out of the way and see how you connect, and then focus on who they are as a human. ‘Are you interesting? Are you fun to be around? Great.’ Sex isn’t inherently a huge step. At the end of the day, it’s a piece of body touching another piece of body – just as existentially meaningless as kissing.” - Rolling Stone, Tales from the Millennials’ Sexual Revolution

“There is a question about whether people who have been doing a lot of hooking up for a lot of years are going to find monogamy such an easy thing to do.” —Rolling Stone, Tales from the Millennials’ Sexual Revolution

“Is it possible really to love other people? If I’m lonely and in pain, everyone outside me is potential relief—I need them. But can you really love what you need so badly? Isn’t a big part of love caring more about what the other person needs? How am I supposed to subordinate my own overwhelming need to somebody else’s needs that I can’t even feel directly? And yet if I can’t do this, I’m damned to loneliness, which I definitely don’t want … so I’m back at trying to overcome my selfishness for self-interested reasons.” ― David Foster WallaceConsider the Lobster and Other Essays

The Gospel is God’s faithful love to a resistant people in order to keep them his. The Gospel is God’s sacrificial love for those who take and consume. He bore the punishment and shame due to adulterers in order to make them pure and whole.
— Pastor Nick Bogardus

“To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.” - Timothy KellerThe Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” ― C.S. LewisThe Weight of Glory, and Other Addresses

“All earthly desires are but streams, but God is the ocean. ” ― Jonathan Edwards

“If thou desirest to look and find pleasure, look at thine own wife, and love her continually.” —John Chrysostom


All Creatures of our God and King

Before the Throne

Beautiful Things

My God, My Father

It Is Finished!