After an Adult Sunday School unit on Christian Worldview using Peter Jones's video series "Only Two Religions," we've decided to dig deeper as a congregation into the topic of human sexuality and identity. Our culture is currently in the throes of a later stage of the sexual revolution as LGBT issues and activists clash with Christians and protected religious liberty in the public square. However, often forgotten when rhetoric reaches a fever pitch are the people who struggle in fear to make sense of their homosexual attractions or their gender dysphoria. Christians, as people who confess to be sinners saved by grace and redeemed from all types of sin, need a truthful framework and gracious attitude modeled for us as we wrestle with what God would have us believe and do.
The ministry of Truthxchange, led by Peter Jones, hosted a conference several years ago to address such questions. Last year in 2018, The Family Foundation hosted a seminar for pastors called "Ministry in the Age of Gender Confusion" to equip church leaders to shepherd their churches through the confusion. In this class, Heritage will view a selection of videos from each of these events and discuss them together as a community of Christians seeking to hear and obey God's will for our lives.
From the Truthxchange DVD "Gay Identity and the Gospel":
Confusion about sexual identity has Christians asking how we love our neighbor while holding to scriptural truth. We hope this "conference in a box" will help you, your friends, your family and your church, as you consider the Bible's view of God, sexuality and identity. As one attendee said, the conference "made the uncommon long stride from foundational worldview to immediate, practical issues." The "ground zero" of all thinking--about any subject--is in Romans 1:25: "...they exchanged the truth about God for the lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen." Watch these videos yourself and share them with your small group, Sunday School class or youth group. Understand what the Apostle Paul's fundamental statement has to do with sexuality and offer hope and overflowing love to those who can be freed through the power of the living Christ.
The Family Foundation's Virginia Pastors Summit 2018
Week 1: Introduction to Homosexuality. Rosaria Champagne Butterfield's testimony of Christian conversion (Part 1: stop at timestamp 32:00)
Week 2. Introduction to Homosexuality. Rosaria Champagne Butterfield's testimony of Christian conversion (Part 2: start at timestamp 32:00)
Week 3. Introduction to Transgender Identity. Ryan Anderson on our culture's transgender moment (Part 1: stop at timestamp 36:22)
Week 4. Introduction to Transgender Identity. Ryan Anderson on our culture's transgender moment (Part 2: start at timestamp 36:22)
Truthxchange's Gay Identity and the Gospel Conference 2016
Week 5. A Defense of "Gay Christianity" and its Ramifications. Speaker: Michael Brown (Part 1)
Week 6. A Defense of "Gay Christianity" and its Ramifications. Speaker: Michael Brown (Part 2)
Week 7. Biblical Answers to "Gay Christian" Theology. Speaker: Michael Brown (Part 1)
Week 8. Biblical Answers to "Gay Christian" Theology. Speaker: Michael Brown (Part 2)
Week 9. Ministering to those within the LGBTQ Community. Speaker: Gabriel Fluhrer (Part 1)
Week 10. Ministering to those within the LGBTQ Community. Speaker: Gabriel Fluhrer (Part 2)
Week 11. Twoist Sexuality. Speaker: Peter Jones (Part 1)
Week 12. Twoist Sexuality. Speaker: Peter Jones (Part 2)