In The Room
One of the biggest misconceptions people have concerning sexuality is that Christianity is unfair. We have one set of rules for one group, and another set for another group. People think we hate and want to condemn the gay community. The assumption is that Christians think LGBTQ+ people are beneath them.
The best way to correct this misconception is to show how the gospel puts us all in the same boat. Jesus always levels the playing field. All of us are fallen and broken in our sexuality. All of us have disordered desires. None of us is all we should be in this area. All of us will have to learn to say no to certain sexual desires if we are to follow Jesus. - Sam Allberry
We are living in a culture and time where it’s almost impossible to share how Jesus gives us new life in him, without running into one of the many misconceptions or objections people have with Christians on explosive topics today. Our heart for this series is to address those “elephants” in the room with much compassion, understanding and truth so that we can be more like Jesus and share the hope Jesus is for everyone
Additionally, our hope throughout this series is to learn how to create an environment for people of every expression to feel safe and loved, not so we can fix them, and not because we have all the answers, but because we know someone who does.
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Literal Adam: Science and the Bible
In this sermon we’ll address the topic of science and Christianity - looking at a few of the questions that are often deemed irreconcilable with belief. We’ll see how belief is not undermined by the evolutionary theory, but rather, the evolutionary theory is dependent on preconditions that only God can provide. Lastly, we’ll discuss the concept of a literal Adam & Eve and how to understand the historical presentation of creation in the book of Genesis.
Gender Dysphoria & Transgender
In this sermon we ask what would it look like to love those whose experience of gender doesn’t fit with their biological sex. We begin to answer this by first seeking a better understanding of Gender Dysphoria as well as getting a clear picture of what the Bible says about its purpose. We also look at what effects the brokenness of sin has had on the dissonance between our minds and bodies.
A Vision for Parenting in our Time
In this sermon we unpack the incredible need, and importance of parents being the main instructors in regards to the "elephants in the room". We look at 3 main points the Bible speaks too: What is the purpose of parenting? Where does “parenting” happen? & What ages should parents be prepared for? In short, our job is to be ready and reliant on the Holy Spirit to teach our children in every stage what is worth living for and dying for. We also examine the impact our devices make in our lives. For example, when 100’s and 100’s of children & youth were asked, "What is the number one thing you’d like to change in your relationship with your parents.?"
The most common answer was , I wish my parents would spend less time on their phone and more time talking to me.
As followers of Jesus we know, that "for God so loved the world" includes our friends & family members who say they are gay. Therefore, on this issue it is not our love for people that's in question, but rather what does this love look like? Clarity to this answer must come not in what we feel is most compassionate (based on experience) but rather what is most compassionate based on what the Bible says. In this sermon we unpack these three questions:
What does the Bible say?
Is it the same? Is the homosexuality the Bible condemns different then the "faithful loving partnerships" we know today?
How do we respond with love and grace when a friend opens up about their same-sex attractions?
Creation, Brokenness & Identity Formation // Genesis 1:26-27
As followers of Jesus we believe the only way to make sense of “who we are” is to make sense of what we’re for… and whose we are. We believe our identity is received and not discovered in how were are, what we do, or based on our sexual attractions, but is found in being made in His Image, and being renewed in the image of Christ.
In this sermon we unpack the follow Biblical aspects that help shape our Christian worldview on these issues
Where Identity Begins // Made in the Image of God
Where Brokenness Came // The Fall
Where Jesus Redeems // Our Christlike Redemptive Identity.
Sexuality in the way of Jesus // 1 Corinthians 6:12-17
In this sermon we unpack the power and purpose of sexuality and sex. We look at the effects of the sexual revolution and how sexual deformation occurs in our lives when we remove sex from the place God intended it to be
The message discusses the Bibles teaching on the following 4 Biblical truths around Holy Sexuality in the way of Jesus:
- Sexuality in the way of Jesus points us to our longing and final communion with God
- Sexuality in the way of Jesus is an act of worship.
- Sexuality in the way of Jesus is chastity in singleness and faithfulness in marriage
- Sexuality in the way of Jesus is a witness to the world.
Who are you becoming? // Romans 12:1-2
For the Christian, the way of Jesus is not namely about behaviour and it’s not even primarily about practices rather it asks the question not what am I doing and not even why am I doing it. It asks a bigger question: who am I becoming by why and what I am doing. This is a question that followers of Jesus are called to ask about their sexual practices and the major issues of our day.
In this message we walk through Romans 12:2 looking at how the cultures moral intuitions have changed and what it means and looks like for Christians not to be conformed to this World.