Tough Questions: The Culture and You

The biblically faithful follower of Christ must respond to the culture with both grace and truth. In part 4 of Sexuality, Culture and the Bible, Pastor Dan Cox reads from John 1:1-18.

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Study Notes

Series Overview

Part 1: “Culture Conflict”
Part 2: “God’s Design for Sexuality”
Part 3: “God’s Design for Marriage”
Part 4: “Tough Questions: The Culture and You”

Understanding the Text

Jesus is the Creator (John 1:1-3)
Jesus is life and light ((John 1:4-13)
Jesus is grace and truth ((John 1:14-18)

Tough Questions

– Does the Bible really teach that homosexual practice is sinful?
– What are the origins of homosexuality? Are people born gay?
– What about “gay conversion” therapy?
– How do I talk about sexuality and marriage with gay friends and family? How can I speak the truth in love- not be permissive or harsh- but spot on and convicting?
– How do I talk about sexuality and marriage with young children?
– What about transgender identity issues?
– What about hermaphroditism?
– Who defines marriage?
– As Christians, should we attend a gay marriage ceremony, or even send a gift or any kind of acknowledgment?

Recommended Reading

The Complete Christian Guide to Understanding Homosexuality, by Joe Dallas & Nancy Heche
The Bible and Homosexual Practice, by Robert A.J. Gagnon
Out of a Far Country, by Christopher Yuan & Angela Yuan
The Grace and Truth Paradox: Responding with Christlike Balance, by Randy Alcorn
Straight Talk with Your Kids about Sex, by Josh & Dottie McDowell
The Bare Facts: 39 Questions Your Parents Hope You Never Ask about Sex, by Josh McDowell
I Never Thought I’d See the Day! Culture at the Crossroads, by Dr. David Jeremiah
The Intolerance of Tolerance, by D.A. Carson
Undefiled: Redemption from Sexual Sin, Restoration for Broken Relationships, by Harry Schaumburg
The Meaning of Marriage, by Timothy Keller

Applying the Text

  • Are you faithful to biblical truth in both doctrine and practice?
  • Will you respond to the culture with both grace and truth?