Romans 1:16-2:1; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Matthew 19:3-6; Genesis 1:26-27; 2:20-25; Ephesians 5:29-32; Matthew 19:9-12; John 17:1-5

Sermon Outline

  1. The Gospel gives a beautiful, honest, and hopeful understanding of Creation, Fall, and Redemption
    (Romans 1:16-2:1; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
  2. The Gospel clarifies why God insists on dignifying both male and female in His design for marriage
    (Matthew 19:3-6; Genesis 1:26-27; 2:20-25; Ephesians 5:29-32)
  3. The Gospel gives us greater joy and fulfillment than marriage and romantic pleasure could ever give
    (Matthew 19:9-12; John 17:1-5)

Discussion Questions

  1. At what point would the Bible say that a person is a new creation?
  2. At what point would the Bible say that a person fully experiences the redemption purchased by Christ's blood?
  3. How does the distinction between the redemption of the heart and the redemption of the body help us understand sexual brokenness?
  4. How is this a sweet comfort to those who experience same-sex attraction and might be questioning if Christ has indeed saved them?
  5. What was God's design for marriage meant to declare about being created in the image of God?
  6. What was God's design for marriage meant to declare about how Christ saved the Church?
  7. God insists that our own gender and that of an acceptable spouse are chosen not by us but by Him.  How does that protect both maleness and femaleness from losing its God-given worth?
  8. Why is it a bad idea for any believer to assume that their own trials that come because they belong to Christ are harder than their brothers and sisters who have different trials?
  9. How does choosing to forgo a delight for the sake of honouring Jesus demonstrate the great treasure that He is?
  10. Marriage is the shadow; Christ's love of the Church is the beautiful reality to which it points.  How does this help those who long for marriage or whose marriages cause more pain than joy?
  11. What promises are there for those wrestling with sexuality that have been purchased by Christ's blood and secured by His resurrection?