A Conversation About Gender & Sexuality

4 Authorities: Scripture | Church history | Science & Reason | Personal Experience 

 LEAVE JUDGEMENT BEHIND | LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN | COMMIT FOR THE LONG HAUL | BE AN ADVOCATE

Healthy Sexuality: we are all made for connection 

Men: A man reflects God to the world by remembering what’s important and moving to make a difference. To be be idle, unengaged, unmotivated, self-centered is to miss out on what God calls you to be and do. 

Woman: A women reflects God to the world by inviting and nourishing life-giving connection with others and offering strength. To be controlling and closed off is to miss out on what God desires to do in and through you. 

 PRAY 

3 STAGES

Dilemma

  • This is where we question what is going on inside of us, the situation at hand

Discovery

  - experimentation of beliefs and behavior

Synthesis 

 - integration of identity, belief, and behavior 

Brene Brown - empathy video 

https://youtu.be/1Evwgu369Jw

Scripture 

“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. 

Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. 

Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me.”

Philippians 1:21-26 NIV

To live is Christ 

Jesus is the beginning of Paul’s life 

Jesus is the continuing life  

Jesus is the end of life 

Jesus is the inspiration of life 

Jesus gave the tasks of life 

Jesus is the strength for life 

Jesus is the reward of life 


Torn between 2 desires. 

Progress and joy in the faith

Laura Furman