When Good Becomes God

Obsessed with Pleasure


God has created all men and women with a good desire for pleasure, but sin leads us to obsess over it in ways that can become deadly. In particular, our culture has grown fixated on sex and money, and the church has largely avoided addressing them from a biblical perspective. How should Christians go about pursuing pleasure in a way that honors God? Paul Tripp joins Mark Mellinger to touch on these topics in order to provide a biblical perspective for enjoying God's creation.

Mark Mellinger is the Indiana Public Affairs Director for Bott Radio Network and talk show host for 1090 Today, a radio program that showcases local ministries and encourages Christian living. Paul Tripp is a pastor, author, international conference speaker, and the president of Paul Tripp Ministries, a nonprofit organization whose mission statement is "Connecting the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life."


Paul keyed in on sex and money as two areas where our culture has become obsessed. Would you add any others to the list? If so, which ones? In what ways have you been confronted with each in your own life?
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How have you observed those around you pursuing forms of pleasure? What are some positive ways you see it demonstrated?
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In contrast, how do you see people obsess over pleasure in an unhealthy manner? How does it impact their lives negatively? How does it ultimately serve to distract them from God?
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Pleasure becomes sinful when we make it all about ourselves. But Paul pointed out that God intends for it to be connected to the most significant goals in life—worship, relationship, and obedience. How does each goal keep pleasure from becoming all about us? In what ways do they encourage an others-centered focus?
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Paul described pleasure as a means to an end. All of creation is meant to point us to God who alone can satisfy the desires of our hearts. Does this understanding change the way you think about pleasure? How? In what ways could it alter your approach to the topics of sex and money? What can you do to help others think in these terms?
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God did not give us creation to satisfy, but to point us to Himself. It is a good thing to desire and enjoy pleasure, but we wander into dangerous territory when it becomes a substitute for God's place in our lives. Remember the truth about creation. Enjoy it as a means to the Author of life and allow it to increase your worship of Him.  


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