“Filling Empty Shells” (E)

Yesterday, I officially began the sermon series “Focus on the Family: Issues, Identity, and Intentionality” by urging men to turn from and move past being enslaved to pornography. You can watch or listen to the message here.

The outline I gave used the acrostic S-H-E-L-L. My goal was to help men fill the ’empty shells’ addiction to pornography causes. Using Psalm 51 I challenged men to:

S – Self-Declare Your Problem.

H – Hand Everything Over to Christ.

E – Express Expressly Your Offense.

L – Liberation comes through Collaboration.

L – Listen to the Life Giving Spirit.

Two books I quoted from were:

Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ by Russell Moore

and

Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain by William Struthers

The quote I gave from Randy Stinson was from a talk he gave at ‘Connecting Church and Home Conference’ here.

I also recommended Time for the Talk: Leading Your Son into True Manhood by Steve Zollos

In case your interested, the ESPN video I began the sermon with is here.

Today at his blog, Tim Challies just so happened to list a massive index of resources promoting and encouraging healthy sexuality. Get the list here.

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About pastormpearson

Follower of Jesus. Husband to Katie. Father to Luke, Seth, and Birtukan. Pastor of the First Baptist Church in El Dorado, Arkansas.

Posted on January 16, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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