Below is a review of our meeting on Sunday, plus a few discussion questions for Community Group or personal study this week.
We began our meeting by singing Doxology, followed by Indescribable, And Can It Be, and I Will Rise.
Kevin read Isaiah 65:17-25 and we sang It is Not Death to Die while worshiping God through the giving of our offerings. Matthew read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 to close our time of worship.
Gene then shared about the Sovereign Grace Mission Fund and we watched a video presentation from Executive Director Mark Prater. To learn more about the mission fund, or to support financially, visit their webpage here.
After the missions presentation, Matthew preached the message, "The Bible and Homosexuality: Part 1" as a short break from our current study in Mark. Part 2 will be delivered next week on March 29th, followed by an open time of Q&A in the evening.
After the message, Matthew prayed that we would be receptive to what God desired to teach us through this message and that He would help us to effectively glorify Him in the area of our sexuality.
Josh announced that volunteers were still needed for the Easter Egg Hunt on April 4th, and invited all to attend our Good Friday evening service on April 3rd, as well as our Resurrection Sunday morning service on April 5th.
Josh closed our time together with a benediction.
1. What are some of the reasons that can make the area of homosexuality a difficult topic to discuss within the church? Despite such challenges, why is it still a worthwhile issue to study openly in light of God's word?
2. The first point that Matthew made was that creation reflects the glory of God. What does it mean to say that God is a revealing God? Why is this attribute of His character so beautiful and significant? What did sexuality look like in God's created order in the Garden of Eden, before sin entered the world?
3. The second point was that sin exchanges worship of the Creator for the creature. In what ways have you seen this happen in your personal experience? What happens when we fall into the mindset of, "God is not satisfying enough, therefore, I must look elsewhere."? What is the difference between worshiping sex itself versus worshiping the Creator of our sexuality?
4. The third point covered in Part 1 of this message was that our sexual desires are not exempt from the work of sin--sexuality is not morally neutral. What does this mean? Who or what decides what is sexually normative? Culture? Society? Each individual? On what basis is homosexuality prohibited?
5. Matthew said that our erotic inclinations are not political issues to be dealt with in private but rather worship issues that ought to be dealt with as a body of believers. What hope does 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 bring to us all? In light of such truth, as a community, how can we be a people of broken-hearted boldness in the area of homosexuality?
Posted on Mon, March 23, 2015
by Serena Walker