Tomorrow I’m preaching 3 different sermons on modesty…at the same time. Kinda. Obviously, I can’t speak three sermon simultaneously, unless I recorded them separately and played them all at the same time. Or maybe I could record two, playing them at the same time as I preach the third. Imagine the cacophony.
Instead, I’m planning on speaking three sermons on modesty within the same timeframe of 30-35 minutes. Don’t worry, Faith Church, tomorrow is a coffee break Sunday, so that means coffee and snacks come before the sermon! You might want to bring extra with you back to your seats.
Actually, the first two sermons on modesty will be rather short. In fact, I can summarize each of them in one paragraph for you. Before I do that, though, you might be wondering why I am preaching on modesty at all. Simply, it is what comes next. I have been preaching through the biblical book of 1st Timothy, which is actually a letter that the Apostle Paul wrote, around 60AD, to his young associate named Timothy, who was pastor of the church Paul started in the Roman city of Ephesus. Paul wanted the church to thrive, and he wanted Timothy to thrive as its pastor. He writes Timothy, then, giving him advice and instruction about numerous matters in the church.
Last week we started chapter 2 in the letter, and we found that chapter 2 includes instructions about worship. First up was prayer, and Paul talked with the men about raising hands in prayer. You can read about that here and here. This week he speaks to the women, instructing them how to dress modestly. That’s why we’re talking about it. You can see what Paul says in 1 Timothy 2:9-15.
I’ve been thinking about this sermon quite a lot this week, and I’ve decided it is going to require three sermons in one.
The first sermon on modesty is the one that some men have asked me to preach to the ladies. Here’s a summary:
Dear sisters in Christ, we battle lust in our hypersexualized culture. It is hard. We get weary. The last thing we want is to see some of you dressed immodestly. So help a guy out. Please cover up.
And now for my second sermon on modesty. This is the one that some ladies have asked me to preach to the men.
Dear brothers in Christ, we are ogled at in our hypersexualized culture. It is hard. We get weary. The last thing we want is to have you checking us out. So help a girl out. Please look up.
But you know what? I really don’t want to preach either of those sermons. There is certainly truth in both of them. And that’s why I’m still going to preach them. But I have a third sermon on modesty as well. It is the one I really want to preach That one you’ll have to come to Faith Church tomorrow February 26, 2017, if you would like to hear it. I hope you can join us! Then stay for sermon discussion group, where we can talk further.
PS – There might even be a bonus 4th sermon.