Sexuality and Marriage (discussion questions)

HS 4Here are the discussion questions that accompany the message that Kelly and I delivered this past weekend at Eastbrook Church, “Sexuality and Marriage.” This was the fourth and final part of our series, “Holy Sexuality.”

Discussion Questions:

  1. What was your view of marriage growing up?
  2. This week we conclude our series, “Holy Sexuality,” with a focus on sexuality and marriage. We will look at various passages in this study. Before you begin, take some time to pray, asking God to speak to you and transform you through this study.
  3. Whether you are studying alone or with a group, read Genesis 2:20-25 aloud. What level of commitment do you see in these verses about the marriage relationship before God?
  4. How is this similar to or different from the view of marriage in our world today?
  5. Now read Song of Songs 8:4-14 aloud. This passage is a richly poetic and almost surprising expression of the joys of love in marriage. What are the different aspects of love that you see in these verses?
  6. How does the community celebrate and guard love in this passage?
  7. What are one or two ways in which the example of the lovers in Song of Songs is helpful to you right now?
  8. Next we want to look at the challenges to married sexuality from Proverbs 5:1-23. Read that passage aloud and identify a few of the main challenges to holy sexuality in marriage.
  9. What antidotes to these challenges are presented in these verses?
  10. After looking at the challenges, it is clear that we cannot live this out from our own resources. What are some of the keys to committed sexuality in marriage from Ephesians 5:1-2, 21-33?
  11. What is the “profound mystery” that Paul connects to the marriage relationship in Ephesians 5:31-33? Why is this important?
  12. What is one major takeaway you have from this week’s study? If you are studying on your own, write it down and share it with someone this week. If you are in a group, take time to pray for one another about these things.

Sexuality and Marriage

HS 4My wife, Kelly, and I concluded the “Holy Sexuality” series this past weekend at Eastbrook Church by talking about sexuality and marriage. I was so glad to have Kelly join me for preparation and delivery of the message. She is such a gifted pastor and woman of God, and working together on this made the message so much better.

You can view a video of the message and the accompanying outline below. You can also listen to the message via our audio podcast here.

As always, I’d like to invite you to connect with us further at Eastbrook Church on VimeoFacebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

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10 Things Jesus Didn’t Say to Zacchaeus

Zacchaeus1Last night I had the privilege of spending time with our Celebrate Recovery group here at Eastbrook. I am always encouraged whenever I see a group of people coming together to enter the pathway to healing and recovery with great vulnerability and persistence. This takes such great courage.

I wove together some of my own family story around recovery themes with the story of Jesus’ encounter with Zacchaeus recorded in Luke 19:1-10. There is an interesting progression here of Zacchaeus first seeing Jesus, then seeking Jesus, and then finally standing with Jesus as he strives to rise above his situation and not sink beneath it. In the midst of preparing the message, I drafted a list of ten things Jesus didn’t say to Zacchaeus. I thought I’d share that here.

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Christopher Yuan: Out of a Far Country

cy imageThis past weekend at Eastbrook Church we continued series “Holy Sexuality” with special guest Christopher Yuan with his parents, Angela and Leon Yuan, sharing their family testimony entitled “Out of a Far Country.” This was a powerful reflection on the redeeming power of God in our lives through the Yuan’s story. If you missed it, I highly recommend you take a look or listen to it. Also, you may enjoy hearing more through the book Christopher and Angela wrote together of the same title, Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God – A Broken Mother’s Search for Hope. Christopher also joined us for an evening session last night, which we hope to post later today.

You can view a video of the message below or listen to the message via our audio podcast here.

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God’s View of Sexuality (discussion questions)

HS 4Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “God’s View of Sexuality,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This is the first part of our series, “Holy Sexuality.”

Discussion Questions:

  1. As we approach this new series, “Holy Sexuality,” what do you most hope to learn and how do you most hope to grow with God?
  1. This first week in our “Holy Sexuality” series we will look at God’s view of sexuality. We will explore a number of Scripture passages. Before starting this study, take some time to pray, asking God to clearly speak to you and praying for the Holy Spirit to work in your life.
  1. In Genesis 1:27-28, we read that Adam and Eve were made “in the image of God.” What do you notice in these two verses about what that means, as well as their responsibilities in the world?
  1. Genesis 2:21-25 recounts the creation of Eve with Adam. What stands out to you about the purpose and plan of God in this unique female-male relationship?
  1. Read Genesis, chapter 3. This chapter tells of Adam and Eve’s temptation and the first act of sin – disobedience to God – in human experience. In light of this chapter’s events, look at Genesis 2:25 again. How would you describe the power of sin and shame in these first few chapters of Genesis?\
  1. In what ways do you think that sin and shame affects our sexuality? How have you seen this in others? How have you seen it in your own life?
  1. The power of the gospel, which literally means ‘good news’, is that in Jesus the Messiah, our sin is forgiven, shame is removed, and brokenness is healed at the Cross. Read the story in John 7:53-8:11. What happens for the woman in this story?
  1. How does this story provide a picture of Jesus’ work in our own sexual brokenness and sin? What sin in thought, word, or deed needs to be forgiven in your life? Where do you need freedom and release within your sexuality through Jesus today in order to move forward in life?
  1. Revelation 21 paints a beautiful picture of the ultimate restoration of the cosmos in Jesus. Read verses 1-5 aloud. How does this give you hope today? What hopes do you have about the new heaven and new earth related to sexuality?
  1. What is one way God is speaking to you through this study? How might your thinking about, words about, or actions with sexuality need to be changed? If you are with a small group, discuss that with one another and pray about these things together. If you are studying on your own, write it down, pray about it, and share this with someone during the next few days.