Sunday, June 4, 2017

Weeks 7, 8 and 9: Is It a Sin to Be Gay?

We are wrapping up our teaching series called, "BIG Questions Unbelievers Ask." There is a lot of conversation happening right now in our culture about LGBT issues and whether the church should reconsider the traditional interpretation of Scripture. So this week, we are exploring the question, "Is it a sin to be gay?"

Part 1 – Introduction to the Controversy

Key Themes:
  • Does God hate me because I'm LGBT?
    • Thoughts on the Christian's struggle with sins of the flesh
  • How do I follow Jesus as a same sex attracted person?
    • Survey of the 2 major evangelical approaches to the LGBT question
    • Key "Progressive Evangelical" figures (Matthew Vines, Jen Hatmaker)
  • Can a someone be a Christian and gay?

Digging Deeper:
  • Book chapter: "Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own body?" Without a Doubt, by Kenneth Samples

Part 2 – What does the Old Testament teach about homosexuality?

Key Themes:
  • Brief review of lesson 1
  • Genesis 1–2
  • Genesis 19 (Sodom)
    • Ezek. 16:48–50
  • Lev. 18:22 and 20:13
  • Mark 10:17–31

Digging Deeper:
  • Video: "Homosexuality & the Bible," with Robert Gagnon (good discussion of the Christian's relationship with the Mosaic law)

Part 3 – What does the New Testament teach about homosexuality?

Key Themes:
  • Brief review of previous lessons
  • Teachings of Jesus
  • Romans 1
  • 1 Cor. 6:9–11; 1 Tim. 1:8–11
  • Common informal fallacies:
    • ad hominem
    • appeal to pity
    • appeal to personal spiritual experience

Digging Deeper:

Part 4 – What causes homosexuality?

Key Themes:
  • Complex web of issues:
    • Sexual experimentation
    • Cultural persuasion; gay propaganda
    • Perceptions
    • Thoughts/Meditations
    • Choices 
  • Is there a gay gene?

Digging Deeper: 

Part 5 – What does it mean to be transgender?

Key Themes:
  • Definitions of key terms 
  • Progressive vs. Traditional paradigm
  • Quick responses to transgender people

Digging Deeper:

Part 6 – How do we love?

Interviews on Practical Loving

Digging Deeper: