7 Things the Bible Says about Sex

Sex and marriage

The church’s emphasis on abstinence in dating sometimes leaves people feeling as if the Bible says that sex itself is bad.

Not only is that not what the Bible says . . . it’s not even close.

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How to Enjoy a Meaningful Weekend with Your Spouse—without Leaving Home

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How long has it been since you had an entire weekend to enjoy with your spouse?

Your marriage and your home should be sources of spiritual comfort and rejuvenation in your life—but sometimes busyness and stress can strip that away.

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Join Matt and Lauren Chandler on Faithlife and Enter to Win an iPad!

Win an iPad Air 2Matt and Lauren Chandler are hosting an online marriage conference from February 19–20. Together, they’ll discuss God’s good design for love, marriage, sex, and redemption—sharing insights from their own struggles coupled with what Scripture reveals about romance.

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7 John Piper Quotes on Marriage

After 40 years of marriage, John and Noël Piper wrote This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence, where they share many of the insights they’ve gained over decades of pursuing Christ together, and offer biblical insight into the purpose of marriage.

Using the Visual Copy tool in Logos 6, I’ve assembled some of the most frequently highlighted quotes from this book, as well as few quotes that stood out to me personally. These are some of the passages and sentiments that have resonated the most with people who read the book.

Here are 7 quotes on marriage from John and Noël Piper:

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“The beauty of the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his church shines brightest when nothing but Christ can sustain it.” —John and Noël Piper
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“Crass materialism sustains very few marriages. The vestiges of God’s vision for marriage remain. They may be distorted and nameless, but they still remain. God’s common grace grants many cut flowers to flourish for a lifetime.” —John and Noël Piper
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“Marriage is meant by God to put that gospel reality on display in the world. That is why we are married. That is why all married people are married, even when they don’t know and embrace this gospel.” —John and Noël Piper
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“Marriage is not mainly about being or staying in love. It’s mainly about telling the truth with our lives. It’s about portraying something true about Jesus Christ and the way he relates to his people. It is about showing in real life the glory of the gospel.” —John and Noël Piper
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“When the impossible day comes that Christ breaks his vow, ‘I am with you always, to the end of the age,’ then, on that day, a human being may break his marriage covenant.” —John and Noël Piper
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“The most foundational thing to see from the Bible about marriage is that it is God’s doing. And the ultimate thing to see from the Bible about marriage is that it is for God’s glory. Those are the two points I have to make. Most foundationally, marriage is the doing of God. And ultimately, marriage is the display of God.” —John and Noël Piper
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“The meaning of marriage is the display of the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his people.” —John and Noël Piper

For more biblical insight on marriage, get yourself a copy of This Momentary Marriage, and see what John and Noël Piper can share with you and your spouse about the divine purpose of your relationship to each other.

Get the Crossway John Piper Collection to get This Momentary Marriage and 38 other popular John Piper titles!

If you each snag a copy of the book, you and your spouse (or future spouse) can read together with a Faithlife Group. Create a reading plan, and share notes about what you’re reading, right inside the text!

Start a Faithlife Group with your spouse today, and pick out a few marriage resources to read together.

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A Wedding Worth Watching

FaithSmiles.com actively seeks out videos that make you laugh, let you cry, and help you experience the glory of our creator. One of those videos shares the beautiful story of Ian and Larissa:


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It’s only when life gets hard that we discover the true depths of our love. Ian and Larissa provide a powerful reflection of God’s love for us, and the story of their marriage challenges our own understanding of what it means to truly love someone else—and ultimately illuminates the purpose of marriage.

Ian and Larissa’s marriage is more than just a story that warms your heart. It’s an example of two lives that have become one—two people fully united in Christ.

The quote Ian and Larissa share at their wedding says:

Marriage is not mainly about prospering economically; it is mainly about displaying the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his church. Knowing Christ is more important than making a living. Treasuring Christ is more important than bearing children. . . . Either way, it is short. It may have many bright days, or it may be covered with clouds. . . . But if we set our face to make our marriage mainly what God designed it to be, no sorrows and no calamities can stand in our way. Every one of them will be, not an obstacle to success, but a way to succeed. The beauty of the covenant-keeping love between Christ in his church shines brightest when nothing but Christ can sustain it.
John Piper, This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence

Let their story inspire yours.

For more powerful videos like this, check out FaithSmiles.com. FaithSmiles scours the Internet for videos that inspire you, humor you, and just plain entertain you. You’ll never find tasteless or inappropriate videos (or advertisements for them), so you’re safe to discover the stories that speak to you and share them with your friends and family.

Marriage, Sex, and Questions Kids Ask

Farrel_394 b p hugBestselling authors and relationship experts Bill and Pam Farrel have teamed up with Faithlife to host a book group centered on their new devotional, A Couple’s Journey with God. To better connect the book group with the authors, we sat down with Bill and Pam. Here’s what they told us.

Q: Is it true you have a formula in Red-Hot Monogamy that calculates how much time it takes for a couple to create a love that lasts a lifetime?

Yes, we explain how much T.I.M.E. investment it takes to keep a red-hot love life with a simple acrostic:

  1. Ten to twenty minutes a day of talk time to stay emotionally connected.
  2. Invest in a weekly date night to keep fanning the flame.
  3. Monthly all-day getaway to be sure that your needs for romance and sex are met.
  4. Escape yearly—or better yet, twice a year: once for a marriage conference, and once for some rest and romance, like on your anniversary.

Q: What are a few ways couples can keep the Bible central to their relationship?

Bill and I see Bible study like one wonderful adventure! Anytime we learn something about biblical history, context, or words, we run and share it with the other! We also encourage couples to do the simple basics so they can feel successful with the Bible:

  • Attend a Bible-teaching church together weekly.
  • Be involved in a Bible study group together.

Have a five-minute time in the Word, like we encourage in A Couple’s Journey with God.

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30% off the Marriage, Sex, and Questions Kids Ask book bundle:

Save 30% on three of Bill and Pam’s most popular books on Vyrso.com. The book bundle includes the authors’ latest release: 10 Questions Kids Ask about Sex. Sale ends May 14.

  1. Red-Hot Monogamy: Making Your Marriage Sizzle
  2. With their trademark insight, humor, and candid personal perspectives, Bill and Pam reveal the truth about sexual relationships in marriage and what husbands and wives need to know to keep the embers burning.

    • Sex is like fireworks!—why a little skill turns marriage into red-hot monogamy
    • How sex works best emotionally, physically, and physiologically
    • How to avoid the pleasure thieves that steal your chance for fulfillment
  3. 52 Ways to Wow Your Husband: How to Put a Smile on His Face
  4. With humor and creativity, Pam delivers humor and wisdom in a fun woman-to-woman style through inspirational stories, godly advice, and easy-to-read offerings that include:

    • Wow assignments: simple ways to support, love, and encourage husbands
    • Wow wisdom: Bible verses and wisdom to help women cover their spouse with prayer
    • Wow dates: creative ideas for everything from shared meals to weekend getaways
  5. 10 Questions Kids Ask about Sex
  6. Every parent wants to help their children make wise choices. Now Bill and Pam bring their trademark humor and characteristic wisdom to one of the scariest topics of all: teaching kids about sex.

    • Lay a foundation for healthy conversation.
    • Articulate God’s view of sex.
    • Protect your children by giving them the right information at the right time.

Sale ends May 14.

Want more from Bill and Pam? Check out the Vyrso blog for more posts by the Farrels, or join the Faithlife book group!