This is a guide to accompany our sermon series on Sexual Wholeness. In it you will find reflection & discussion questions, passages of scripture and additional resources to help you have conversations with your small group, friends and family as we process together what the Holy Spirit is saying to us about this important topic. If you enjoyed these reflection & discussion guides the last few weeks you can find one to accompany every sermon at Pulpit Rock here.
Sexual Wholeness Pt 3 – Other People’s Sexuality
We should only try to help others with their sexual sin when we have a relatively clear picture of God’s ideal for sexuality and are rigorously committed to dealing with our own issues.
- Why might these two criteria be important? What could happen if we’re missing one, or both?
- How do humility and love give us credibility with others? How have you seen this in your life?
We should treat others with sexual brokenness like Jesus would treat them. These 3 stories in the Gospels model how Jesus interacts with the broken. Read and discuss the following passages:
- What do these passages show us about Jesus and the way he responded to the broken?
- What can we learn about the way we interact with someone whose sexual issues we find problematic?
- What is challenging about these stories when we shift our focus looking to Jesus’s behavior as a model?
Jesus sees the sexually broken as whole people, he invites them to faith, and he speaks kindly about their brokenness. This is what we can embody as we deal with other’s sexuality
- What could help you not compartmentalize people as their issues?
- How would we practically prioritize someone’s faith over any other issue?
- What posture and words draw someone to talk about their brokenness?
We can tenaciously trust God with the sexually broken people in our lives. They, just like us, can only find righteousness through faith in Jesus.
- What is the Holy Spirit showing you about the way you view and treat other’s sexual brokenness?
- Where is He challenging you to love in a way that gives you credibility to speak?
- When you think of a person whose sexual brokenness is problematic for you – where is He calling you to model the posture of Jesus?
- What has the Holy Spirit been saying to you throughout this series on Sexual Wholeness?
For further resources about sexual wholeness check out our Resource Center in the Gathering Place. Many of these have been curated for this series especially. We also recommend the following:
- Surfing for God by John M. Cusick
- The Freedom Fight by Ted Shimer
- Unwanted by Jay Stringer
- Understanding Sexual Identity by Mark Yarhouse
- Understanding Gender Dysphoria by Mark Yarhouse
- It’s Great to Be a Guy by Dannah Gresh and Jarrod Sechler
- It’s Great to Be a Girl by Dannah Gresh and Suzy Weibel
- God’s Design for Sex book series by Stan and Brenna Jones and Carolyn Nystrom
- Good Pictures Bad Pictures and Good Pictures Bad Pictures Junior by Kristen Jenson
- Redeeming Sex by Deb Hirsch
- Love is an Orientation by Andrew Marin
- The Soul of Shame by Curt Thompson
- Axis.org weekly Culture Translator email