Gender Confusion. Sexual Identity. Church and LGBT.
There are so many ideas to discuss within the topic of Gender. This kit will take you through a multitude of ideas to help you discuss the important and relevant conversations surrounding Gender.
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Video 1: Many people define gender identity as “one’s innermost concept of self as male, female, a blend of both or neither.” The concept of gender identity is distinct from sexual orientation, which refers to an enduring pattern of attraction. Even though most don’t experience same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria, the LGBT community often finds solidarity online, on social media platforms like Tumblr.
Video 2: Unfortunately, Christian interactions with the LGBT community have often been characterized by harshness and cruelty. Some now reject this cruelty by swinging to the opposite end of the spectrum to say we should affirm same-sex relationships. Some quote Matthew 7:16 to say that denying same-sex relationships brings “bad fruit.” But we believe the bad fruit comes from cruelty and idolizing romance.
Video 3: If our worldview does not include God, we will have to decide on our own what should be true about gender and sexuality. Many people who begin sex reassignment surgery or hormone therapy find that it doesn’t provide the answers they were looking for, and regret it. 80 to 95% of teens who say they are transgender will naturally come to accept and enjoy their sex by late adolescence.
Video 4: God created males and females to be biologically complementary, and marriage exists because of this complementarity. Denying same-sex relationships does not keep something essential from same-sex attracted people; marriage and romance are not essential to your human flourishing. Gender stereotypes can sometimes worsen a sense of dysphoria or isolation for those struggling with same-sex attraction.
Video 5: Mandatory celibacy is a heavy weight for Christians with unchanging same-sex attraction; they need the love of a community to help them bear it. The labels we accept for ourselves often shape who we become; this is true for when we make same-sex attraction a core part of our identity. God designed us to be strengthened and refined by persevering during challenges.