Same Sex Issues: Part One, Nov. 2-8



What does the Bible say?

                Creation: Genesis 1:27-28; 2:18-24 (Matthew 19:1-2)

                  Old Testament:

                                    Genesis 19:1-10 (Jude 7); Judges 19:16-26
                             Leviticus 18:22, 20:13

                  New Testament: Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 Timothy 1:9-10

Can you be gay and be a Christian?“

                  What is “gayness”?
                  The orientation/attraction/temptation is not sin.

                  Does salvation depend on it?
              Same-sex sexual activity is a sin, but not the worst sin possible.

                  Where do we find our identity?

                  Our identity is not in our sexuality, but in Christ.


What are some options if I believe I am gay?

                  Transformation – nothing is impossible with God, Matthew 19:26

                  Celibacy – a choice of devotion to Christ, 1 Corinthians 7                                   

                  Marriage (heterosexual) – a choice of self-denial for Christ, Luke 9:23-26


Group Discussion Questions

  1. How does the unchurched, secular culture view Christians/the church in this area? Do you personally know anyone who identifies as gay or lesbian? How does that person view Christians or the church? How have Christians in America generally failed in our response to people dealing with same-sex issues for instance with the AIDS/HIV crisis?
  2. How does the creation account (Genesis 12) speak to same-sex matters? How does the rest of the Bible refer back to our creation as male and female and/or male-female marriage?
  3. What does the Bible clearly say and not say about same-sex matters? How would you answer the seven questions in Bruce’s “pre-test”? In a brief summary, what does the Bible say about homosexuality?
  4. How could you distinguish same-sex orientation/attraction from same-sex behavior? Are both sinful?
  5. Can a person be Christian and gay? Why or why not?
  6. If a Christian person believes they are gay, what are their God-honoring options (Bruce shared three in his sermon)?
  7. How has this study increased your understanding of this topic? What have you learned? How is God growing you by his Spirit?


Family Discussion

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

Parents, here’s a link to resources to help you take the lead in talking to your children about God’s design for sexuality:



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