Contrary to popular belief, God is not anti-sex or anti-sexuality. Sex was actually His idea to begin with. The human body, sexual organs, sexual desire, sexual attraction–all thought up by God himself.
And he designed it with a purpose. More than simply recreation for grown-ups, and more than an exchange of goods or services between consenting adults, sex was actually meant to accomplish something. It has a purpose. It was meant to achieve something even greater than itself. But in order to discover what that purpose is, we have to be willing to take sex off the pedestal it's on. Then, and only then, can we discover what it was meant to be all along.
Join us beginning September 9 as we attempt to do just that.
Week by Week
September 9: Dethroning Aphrodite
Back in the day, people would worship a goddess of sex by the name of Aphrodite. They offered sacrifices to her, devoted their lives to her, and made life decisions based on what this god of sex told them to do. In other words, we've got more in common with ancient Rome than we might think.
September 16: Sex & the Bible
There are those who would say the God of the bible is anti-sex. That the bible is prudish and puritanical. But the bible itself tells quite a different story. There are parts of the bible that would make even us liberated 21st century Americans blush a little. We'll walk through some of them, and figure out what they mean for us.
September 23: Sex & Identity
In the last decade or so, our society has launched a brand-new, unproven experiment: using our sexual desire to determine the whole of our identity. While it feels right, this has unintended consequences. And on top of that, there's a better identity out there for the taking.
September 30: Sex & Singleness
In the modern world, we've created two stories for single people to live by. In one, singleness is the only path to complete, untethered freedom–the only way to avoid being "tied down" to any one person. In the other, singleness is a form of torture, in part because it's a life absent of any relational or sexual fulfillment. Scripture provides a third way–and a pretty incredible one at that.
October 7: Sex & Marriage
The bible holds up marriage as the only fitting context for sex to exist and thrive. But let's be real honest–in a whole lot of marriages, it simply doesn't. What exactly is it that stands between those of us who are married and a fulfilling, holistic sex life with our spouse?
October 14: Sex & Dating
Perhaps the most treacherous path to traverse when it comes to sex and sexuality is the dating world. With dating apps as popular as ever and relationships as sex-driven as ever, it makes you wonder, how does dating even fit with living as a follower of Jesus anymore? And is there a redeemable way to go about it?
October 21: Sex & Porn
We can't have a complete discussion about sexuality without addressing the thing that has single-handedly shaped our culture most when it comes to sex. Today, porn is more prevalent and more mainstream than it ever has been before–but very few people are acknowledging the truth about it. Why exactly is porn a bad thing and what should we do about it?
October 28: Sex & Healing
There is no shame quite like sexual shame. Whether it originates from from sexual sin, sexual brokenness, or sexual abuse, this shame can shape and warp our sense of self more than most anything else. But the Scriptures bring us tremendous hope and healing in the midst of shame, and in more ways than you might think.
Join us for the Series
We meet at 10:30am every Sunday at Jackson Terminal in the Old City. We'd love to have you join us, whether you have a background in church or not, and whatever you might think on these particular topics.
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