New Bible studies: God’s story of our sexualityFeb 27, 2017 | Latest News
Sex.Life: Loving as God Loves is a new Bible study booklet from Navigators UK. It will be launched on 24th February in Blackpool, at Big Weekend 2017 (the Navigators’ annual conference for 18-30 year olds). The studies facilitate honest discussion about love and sexuality through seven studies from creation to new creation.
“Our culture tells a story about sex. Through film, music and adverts, we are shaped to believe that sex will fulfil our deepest desires and help us become the people we want to be. And yet, our reality seems to fall somewhat short of this dreamy aspiration. Relationships are still hard work. There is a gap between the intimacy we long for and the intimacy we experience. That’s where these studies come in: they are a way to tell a better story. A story that our sexuality is only a window into the true intimacy with God that all of us are made for. The scope of God’s epic plan for our sexuality stretches from the first to the last pages of the Bible. It is for all people, in all times and places, to recapture our imagination for what sex can be and what, one day, intimacy will be.”
(Tim Yearsley, author of Sex.Life)
Each study features stories of people’s true and raw life experiences of sexuality and faith in order to earth the discussion in reality. Each study also contains Bible passages, discussion questions and further reflections focused on heart engagement, not just head knowledge. The questions take participants deep into Scripture and their own experiences, as well as helping them respond by making changes to their actions and thinking. The resource is designed for those who disciple others (small group leaders/coordinators, Christian ministry leaders, church leaders, etc.) to use with anyone who is interested in the topic, whatever their beliefs, and whether they are single or attached.
Also, coming soon: Eight free, printable studies from the author of Sex.Life will help people form a biblical work ethic and put it into practice. Putting Faith to Work is scheduled for publication in March.
The heart of this year’s conference explored journeying through life, not as a solitary wanderer, but as a community of believers. The idea of pilgrimage from Psalm 84:1-7 provided the content for the three main talks: Tim Forrester on “Yearning for God Together”; Eva Leaf on “The Pilgrimage”; and Phil Boydell on “Sustaining Stretching Hope.” These were interspersed with group discussions and testimonies that challenged us to look at our own personal journeys.
Ever struggled to open a conversation about sexuality with someone you are discipling? Ever had difficulty navigating a group study on love and relationships? Designed to facilitate honest and open discussion, each of these seven studies begins with a true and raw life story, and features Bible passages, discussion questions and further reflections. This resource equips you to take your group – whatever their beliefs or relationship status – deep into Scripture and their own experiences, empowering them to respond by making changes to their actions and thinking.
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