Sexual Purity

Sermon from CCM:City Centre


This sermon was preached by Tom O’Toole at the CCM:City Centre site of Christ Church Manchester on Sunday 28th October 2018.



This message was part of the ‘SERIES NAME’ series, preached at Christ Church Manchester’s church in Fallowfield in EARLY/MID/LATE YEAR. The full series included the following sermons:


This sermon was based on 1 Corinthians 6:9-20.

9Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Flee Sexual Immorality

12″All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. 13″Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. 15Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 16Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” 17But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. 18Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 19Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.



  • Our world is both sex-obsessed and sex-confused.
  • The city of Corinth was just the same – and Paul speaks into this in his letter to them.
  • He has already spoken to them about not judging the world.
  • In the kingdom of God there is a different way of life. Paul gives lots of examples – including ‘the sexually immoral’ (a cover all term for people who are unmarried) and ‘adulterers’ (a cover all term for people who are married).
  • He says that such were some of those in Corinth.
  • In Christ, there is a change. We are washed, we are sanctified and we are justified.


  • When God created he did so by making complementary pairs (e.g. The heavens and the earth, waters above and waters below, animals as male and female).
  • When these pairs come together it gives life.
  • Adam did not have a partner fit for him. This is where Eve comes in. 
  • Human sexuality reflects a bigger creation pattern.
  • In the coming together of Adam and Eve there is both leaving and cleaving (marriage) and physical union (sex). This is why marriage is the context for sex.


  • In Ephesians Paul refers to the marriage union and says it is about Christ and the church.
  • Sex and marriage are pointers to something bigger – the church is the bride of Christ.
  • Sex and marriage are not ultimate – but our union with Christ is, and this is something that we are all invited into.


  • Paul addresses some of the questions and objections that the Corinthians have.
  • ‘I can do what I want’ – Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should. Also this is something that can take mastery over you.
  • ‘It’s only natural’ – Our bodies are made for union with the Lord not for sexual immorality.
  • ‘It doesn’t do any harm’ – Yes it does. We should flee it. It is sin against our own bodies, which are temples of the Holy Spirit.
  • ‘It’s my body’ – No. You were bought at a price.
  • Most of us know the ‘what’ but struggle with the ‘how’. Changed lives flow from changed minds and changed hearts. 



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