Christians have an unfortunate reputation for being squeamish about sex. We really shouldn’t be. After all, God created sex. Hollywood films it. Madison Avenue sells it. God still owns the copyright. And like everything else he created, God says it’s “very good.”

But there’s a problem. It’s called sin. When the first human couple rejected God’s authority, everything in God’s good creation was corrupted by sin, including our sexual desires. We still hunger for the gift of sex, but we crave it on our terms. We want the gift without having to submit to the Giver.

That never goes well. All you have to do it take a quick look at the sexual confusion and brokenness all around us to see the pain of pursuing sex our way instead of God’s way. But let’s be honest. We’re all part of the problem. We all want the gift without the Giver. Whether married or single, we struggle to honor God with our sexuality. And when we fail, we struggle to believe God can heal our pain and redeem our regret.

So what’s the solution? Lay down some more rules? Start an accountability group? Sign a purity pledge? Good luck with that. There’s only one thing powerful enough to redeem our sexual identity. It’s called the gospel. Jesus lived, died, and rose from the grave to restore our relationship with the God who created our bodies so we could worship Him in all we do with our bodies.

“Or 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, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

We’re going to spend a lot of time talking about sex at the men’s retreat next month. But sex isn’t the theme of the retreat. Jesus is. He is the only one who can redeem our sexuality no matter how much we’ve failed in the past or will fail in the future.

Jesus is neither squeamish nor silent about sex. We shouldn’t be either. Join us for the 2014 Men’s Retreat and learn how the gospel transforms your sexual identity. Visit the retreat website for more information, including session topics and online registration.

Matthew Williams grew up attending KingsWay and joined the pastoral staff in 2009. God has blessed him and his wife, Aliza, with three rambunctious boys, Ethan, Micah, and Tyler. Matthew did his undergraduate work at the University of Richmond in chemistry and political science, spent a year at the Sovereign Grace Pastor’s College, and is nearly finished with his Masters of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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