VTI: Sexuality & Gender (Week 1)

How did we get here?

Rom 1:18, 24, 26-27: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. . . . Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves. . . . For this reason, God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.”

Sexual sin and gender confusion is the _______________________ of God.

“The moral collapse of a civilization does not come as a singular event, but as a series of little compromises and _______________ adjustments a society makes over a period of years - or even decades.” Albert Mohler

5 Cultural Shifts in Gender & Sexuality

  1. Sex has been disconnected from _______________________ and family.

  1. Sex has been disconnected from ____________________________.

  1. Sex has been disconnected from ___________________ relationships.

  1. Sex has largely been disconnected from _____________, emotion, and relational commitment.

  1. Sex has been _______________________.  

Young people are having _____________ sex than they have in over 50 years.

2 reasons

  1. ____________________________.

  1. ___________________ and ______________________.

Moral Revolution

3 stages

Stage 1: That which was repudiated must be ______________________.

Stage 2: That which was celebrated must be _________________________.

Stage 3: Those who will not celebrate (this new morality) must themselves be repudiated or

______________________ .  (__________________ culture)

The sexual and gender revolution has overpromised and ______________delivered.

What promised life and peace, has brought loss and __________________.

The Church’s Response

We must speak __________________ with conviction, but we must speak that conviction with

_______________________, humility, and gentleness.

We’re all sexual _____________________. Jesus Christ died for this, too.

Discussion Questions

  1. How can our church be a safe place of refuge for those that have experienced pain, trauma, and suffering in the areas of gender and sexuality?

  1. Of the 5 Cultural Shifts (see p.1), which one/s have most directly affected your life (and/or the lives of your family, friends, or acquaintances)?

  1. In what ways has your workplace or friend/social circles been affected by the “moral revolution?” (see p.2)

Further Study

Strange New World: How Thinkers and Activists Redefined Identity and Sparked the Sexual Revolution

(by Carl R. Trueman)

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