Links to Grace: July 2009

Links to Grace: July 2009

Originally posted on July 15, 2009

“This is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality.” I Thessalonians 4:3 (NASB)

This summer at Grace we are considering the exhortation of Scripture to “pursue . . . sanctification (holiness) without which no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). One of the key areas of sanctification is moral and mental purity related to sexuality. At the same time, one of the major areas of sin for Christians and the culture is pornography and related areas of sexual immorality. So, I am dedicating this month’s Links to Grace to this issue.

The links below are for everyone: men, women, married, single, those with heterosexual or homosexual attractions, those who are trapped in sin and those who are only periodically tempted. I hope you will read, listen, be helped, and pass these links on to others.

Please keep in mind that while I will do my best to link you to sound teaching that provides practical help, I cannot guarantee that you or I will agree with everything we hear or read in these links. Mature listeners and readers will realize that they can benefit from others with whom they may disagree.

Pastor Scott

David Powlison
Making All Things New: Restoring Pure Joy to the Sexually Broken
If I could require everyone at Grace to listen to this message I would. There is something for everyone here. It’s about sexuality, but Powlison’s understanding of sanctification in general is very helpful.

John Piper
This is an article that outlines a practical strategy for fighting lust.

Covenant Eyes (For Women and Wives)
Covenant Eyes
There is a lot on this site, but I hope wives of husbands struggling with pornography will go to the “categories” on the right side of the page to find several posts that will be helpful.

Juan Sanchez
Are You Seduced by Sin or Satisfied with Christ?
This is a good sermon on moral purity.

Joshua Harris
How Does the Christian Resist Temptation
Another good sermon on moral purity

Scott Patty
Fighting for Mental Purity
This is a talk I gave to the men of Grace several years ago on fighting for mental purity.

Scott Patty
Pursuit of Holiness
These are the messages on sanctification from the past two Sundays. We will continue this series for four more weeks.