This morning marked a few “firsts” for South Bay church. Today was the first Sunday we have ever had 3 services, and today was the first non-holiday that we recorded over 500 in attendance. Today was also the first Sunday of a super important and relevant series we are doing called “Romance, Intimacy & Sex.” Andy talked about barriers to unity among married couples, and one in particular: selfishness. You can listen to his message by clicking here: http://www.southbaychurch.org/inside.php?action=sermons. He is right on.
I believe in many churches it is considered taboo to discuss sex and intimacy from the pulpit. That’s why I am so encouraged that Andy is addressing it in this 5 week message series. This topic is so important because sex and money are probably the most significant idols in the world, leaving behind a path of destruction in people’s lives and relationships. But I believe Andy is exactly right, the problem is SELF. The worship of sex is a manifestation of humanity’s unceasing preoccupation with self. We are sinful and broken people in need of restoration.
In my counseling practice I have been interacting with the concept of intimacy quite a bit lately. That window has remained open on my “desktop” if you will, for about 3 months now. What is intimacy? What does the Bible say about it? What are the barriers and what do you do about them?
I believe there are many barriers to intimacy. Selfishness is the root barrier for sure, but what if there is a barrier to your intimacy that you don’t even know is there? My next two posts will be entitled “The DNA of Intimacy” and “A Mysterious Enemy of Intimacy.” Join me as I process through what I am learning and will continue to learn. I hope it will help you in your relationships as it has helped me in mine.