October 20th Small Group Study
Ice Breaker: Have you talked to your kids about the “birds and the bees”? Was it awkward? Did your parents talk to you? Why do you think we are embarrassed to talk about sex when God is not embarrassed about it at all?
1. Why is it important to not shy away from challenging topics at church? Do you think God has a plan for every area of your life? Even the awkward parts?
2. While masturbation is not addressed directly in the Bible, there are principles that speak to it. What do Ephesians 5:3 and 1 Cor. 10:31 bring to mind when you think about masturbation?
a. Pastor Mike talked about pornography being the objectification and victimization of young women leading to the passification of men. Discuss.
3. According to the Bible, is homosexuality a sin? (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Romans 1:26-27)
4. What does our knowledge of the character of God say about whether or not people are born gay?
5. When we meet Jesus face to face He will ask us, “Did you feed the hungry (spiritually and physically)? Did you refresh the thirsty (spiritually and physically)? Did you welcome the lonely?” In other words: did you love the people around you?
a. Jesus established His church to be known for its love. How can that play out in the relationship the church has with people who are gay or have same sex attraction?
b. When you pray for someone who is gay to step out of their sin, do you do so because you REALLY believe that God has something better for them?
6. Does your sexual orientation determine where you spend eternity?
a. If not, what does?
7. God cares about our sexuality, because sex is powerful and profound. Discuss in light of 1 Cor 6: 12-20.
a. When Paul talks about a “one flesh union”, he is talking about a body, mind, soul, heart and whole life marriage union when we have sex. This is powerful! Why then is sexual sin so damaging?
8. Why does God care about your sex life?
a. Today? (Read John 10:10)
b. Yesterday? (Read 2 Cor. 5:17)