Ok, I have to admit, preaching through the Song of Solomon is not going to be easy. There are some pretty hot and steamy passages that I’m sure you have never heard preached before. But why is the church so afraid to talk about something that is ordained by God, planned for our benefit and given as a genuine expression of love between one man and one woman for a lifetime? I think the answer is simple. We have chosen to let the culture say more about sex than the church does. That is simply a shame.
After 3 years of ministry at 217church, we are ready to see marriages and families strengthened like never before! Starting January 27, we begin an eight-week series on one of the most overlooked books of the bible, Song of Solomon. It is an ancient poetic book of the bible written by Solomon as an encouragement to us that sex, love and marriage are God ordained and he has a purpose for them. We all know “when boy meets girl”, sparks fly and things happen! But what does God’s think healthy sex, love and marriage should look like? I hope you choose to be in a small group during this season.
Our vision is that we would understand the Gospel of Jesus through this book of passionate affection and steamy love poems. We desire for God to heal us from our broken views of sex and marriage. We will see husbands and wives become more committed to each other and we will see our families strengthened because of a deep love and respect for one another!
How Will We Approach The Book?
#1 The Stages of A Relationship – Over the 8 weeks, we will be looking at the different stages of what happens “when boy meets girl.” This amazing love story of Solomon and his young beautiful attractive bride will teach us much about how relationships work and don’t work. Our culture has a broken view of how sex, love and marriage were meant to be. We will travel from the first date to the first kiss, from the wedding to negotiating the marriage, from handling conflict to getting away and taking a sabbath as couples. God is going to heal our past, meet us in the present and protect our future.
#2 Appropriately with Modesty – Most of us get red in the face when the topic of sex and physical intimacy come up and the church has been silent for much too long on this beneficial, yet explicit book. It is time for us to take a mature approach and see what God actually says about intimacy through Solomon. We believe that “All Scripture is God–breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16) This means we won’t ignore what the bible says and we will teach it with great care.
#3 With Eyes Wide Open – WARNING! Mature Audiences only! There will be three weeks specifically where we will ask for only a mature audience to be in the room. This means the weekend message will not be appropriate for your elementary age student. This means teens and certain pre-teens will need to stay and learn about what the bible says about sex. What your thirteen-year-old boy already knows about sex may surprise you. We will do everything possible to use the appropriate amount of discretion but you will just have to trust me on this one as my 12-year-old daughter will be in the room!
The Sermon Schedule:
- January 27th – The Date
- February 3rd – The Wedding***
- February 10th – The Marriage***
- February 24th – The Negotiation
- March 3rd – The Fight
- March 10th – The Make Up
- March 17th – The Getaway***
- March 24th – The Family
(***Indicates the material covered may not be appropriate for younger audiences)
Three Environments of Reinforcement
#1 Weekend Worship – You will not want to miss a weekend, as every Sunday at 9:30am and 11:00am we will worship collectively together. The environment will be engaging, challenging and may take your marriage to a new height.
#2 Small Group Connection – We are asking each small group to meet for eight weeks. Each group will get an 8 lesson DVD video curriculum and each person a small group field guide that will help guide them along the way. We have some fun times planned for your small group with some great ideas for growth. We want EVERYONE who calls 217church home to be in a small group.
#3 Individualized Application (Just For “teens/me/us” )- At the end of the 8 weeks, no matter if you are a teenager, single, dating, shouldn’t be dating, married or divorced, you will have individualized action steps for your life. Relationship are tough work, but the next generation of kids is depending on us to get this right, This is going to be a game changer!
Let’s see what happens when boy meets girl!