Sex and the End of Loneliness (Open Forum) – Gospel in Life

Sex and the End of Loneliness (Open Forum)

Tim Keller |  February 25, 1996

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  • Sexuality
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Open Forums are specifically designed for skeptics or those wrestling with the claims of Christianity. Each Open Forum included a brief concert by guest artists followed by a talk and open mic Q&A with Timothy Keller. This audio recording includes the talk only.

1. The strength in togetherness

This talk explores the importance of community and the real role of sex in forming deep bonds between people. It challenges the modern idea that sex is just for individual pleasure, and instead, highlights the biblical idea that sex is meant to build long-lasting, supportive, and caring relationships. It warns against using sex without the necessary commitment and personal bond, which can lead to harmful habits and a disconnect from its real purpose. Instead, it encourages us to view sex as a nurturing practice that strengthens our relationships, not just a way to make ourselves feel better.

2. Looking to a greater love

Jesus offers the woman at the well in John 4 a kind of water that can quench her deepest thirst for meaning, love, purpose, and importance, which she’s been unsuccessfully trying to find in men and romantic relationships. Jesus’ ultimate act of love is to truly see us and love us deeply, covering our sins and calling us his children. Instead of trying to find ultimate joy and love in sex and romance, we can find these things within them, while breaking their controlling power in our lives and society by turning to a greater love and higher power.



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