Here’s another great book from Sam Allberry on an important topic.
Tackling the much misunderstood and – particularly in church life? – misrepresented life of celibacy Sam points out that given the truth of the gospel and the vitality of the local church it can be a life of joy and deep fulfilment.
Sam really helpfully recognises and explains that the Bible’s teaching on sexual ethics is very narrow, working through Jesus’ teaching he shows that God’s design for sexual intimacy is for the exclusive context of the marriage of one man to one woman. This obviously puts Jesus’ teaching at odds with our culture and even in the church we’re quick to lose confidence in the goodness of Jesus’ sexual ethics, but we shouldn’t.
The book shows us both how the gospel delivers the fulfilment of marriage in the eternal wedding of the Lord Jesus to the church, where the intimacy of sex finds its final fulfilment, and also how the gospel places individual in churches where spiritual families and connections bringing the fulfilment of Jesus’ promise in Mark 10:29-30…
29 Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, 30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life.
Whether you’re married, single, or just confused or concerned about the Bible’s teaching on marriage and sex I can thoroughly recommend the book.
You can listen to Sam talk more about the book in his own words here…