Honor | Part 15 | #7: Homosexuality and Transgenderism 21 Apr

What does God have to say about homosexuality and transgender? Are people born gay? How do we navigate our feelings and God’s boundaries in sex? Join us for this powerful and helpful message. #GCHonor

7th Commandment: You Shall Not Commit Adultery

  • Homosexuality and Transgenderism

 

LGBTQ+:

  • Lesbian
  • Gay
  • Bisexual
  • Transgender
  • Queer
  • + (place holder for future)

 

2023 Gallup Poll – US LGBTQ+ Identity:

  • 7% of US Population Identifies As LGBTQ+
  • 1% – Gay
  • 1% – Lesbian
  • 1% – Transgender
  • 4% – Bisexual
  • 1-2% – Baby Boomer +
  • 4% – Gen X
  • 10% – Millenials
  • 22% – Gen Z (1997-2012)

 

Why are the younger generations identifying as LGBTQ+?

  • A person’s worldview is formed between the ages of 1 and 13.
  • Only 3% of kids between 8 and 12 have a biblical worldview. (Arizona Christian University poll)
  • Christians will no longer be the majority in America by 2050. (Pew Research Center)

 

So how does the Church respond?
With a biblical worldview:

  • Romans 1:20-21, 24-28
  • A shift from God to SELF
  • See Leviticus 18/20
  • Leviticus 18:22
    • to-evah = detestable or abominable
    • impure
  • Leviticus 20:13
  • 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
    • “fornicators” = pornos
    • “effeminate” = malakoi
    • “homosexuals” = arsenokoitai
    • Arsenokoitai:
      • arseno = “male”
      • koitai = “bed/sex”

 

What if you are “Born Gay”?

  • Dr. Christopher Yuan:
    • No Genetic Link
    • Environmental / Social Factors
  • Pre-Disposition vs Pre-Determined
  • Attraction is Not a Sin
    • Just because we are attracted to someone, it does not mean we should act on it.

 

Life outside of God’s boundaries (carries consequences):

  • Lifespan: 10 – 20 Years Less
  • 2x Risk Anxiety / Depression
  • 1.5 – 3x Risk of Addiction
  • 2 – 3x Rate of Suicide

 

Identity:

  • is now associated with how we feel and what we do
  • our subjective “my truth” replaces objective “the truth” found in biology

 

So how should followers of Jesus respond?

  • Jesus’ harshest words were to religious people.
  • Jesus’ kindest words were to sinners.
  • Jesus never CONDONED sin, He never AFFIRMED sin, or ENGAGED in sin.

 

Part of the Mission of Generations Church is to reach people far from God.

 

Go Deeper:

 

You are not your feelings.

Your sins and your past do not DEFINE you.

Your Identity is who you are in Jesus Christ.

The Enemy lies to us about how to meet our needs.

 

The Prodigal Son (Luke 15):

  • The father was watching for his son’s return.
  • The father embraced his son when he returned.

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Key Scripture:

Romans 1:24–29 (NLT)

24 So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. 25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. 26 That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. 27 And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.

28 Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. 29 Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip.

Leviticus 18:22 (NLT)

22 “Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin.

1 Corinthians 6:9–11 (NLT)

9 Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, 10 or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. 11 Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • Share a memorable experience from any community service or mission trip you’ve been a part of. What was something surprising or impactful from that experience?

Start sharing. These questions are to help get your group thinking and to create openness.

  • Read Romans 1:24-29. What do these verses suggest about the consequences of rejecting God’s design, including His design for relationships?
  • What does it mean when Paul says God ‘abandoned them to their shameful desires’? How should this influence our response to cultural shifts today?
  • Read Leviticus 18:22. How do these laws given to Israel relate to our understanding of God’s standards for moral and ethical conduct today?
  • Read 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. How does this passage challenge us to view our past actions and current identity in Christ? What does it say about the transformative power of God’s forgiveness and grace in our lives?
  • Homosexuality and transgenderism are significant topics today. How can we discuss these issues in our communities in a way that respects individuals but also upholds biblical truths?
  • The sermon explores the idea of predispositions versus predeterminations (referring to Dr. Yuan’s insights). How does this help us understand and engage with people experiencing same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria?
  • Should a Christian attend a same-sex wedding?

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

  • Take notes from this message and discussion and add them to your “witnessing toolkit” so that we may more faithfully engage the lost. Reference Luke 15:1-7.

Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.

  • Ask for His guidance and strength, and for His presence and Word to be magnified as we seek to share the healing and redemption that can only come from Him. Pray that He helps us to be salt and light as we minister to those living outside of His design.

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