Homosexuality & the Bible

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Below you will find the full outline of the Homosexuality & the Bible (Homosexuality, the Bible, & the Church, Part 1) course. You can start the course exactly as you would in the actual course—read the descriptions, watch the videos, and interact with the discussion questions. For the first two sessions, the only difference is that in the actual course you would be able to interact with other people from around the world or from your local church.

After the first two sessions, you will be able to see the outline for the remaining sessions, but you’ll need to sign up for the actual course to continue.

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Course Description

Homosexuality is an important issue that is generating a host of debates and controversies today. This course is the first of two courses that examine homosexuality from a Christian perspective. This course, Homosexuality & the Bible, works through the biblical teaching on homosexuality, and the next course, Homosexuality & the Church, provides a practical and loving approaching to interacting with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered community.

About the Instructor

Preston Sprinkle is a professor, speaker, and a New York Times bestselling author.

He earned a Ph.D. in New Testament from Aberdeen University in Scotland (2007), and he’s been a professor of theology at Cedarville University (OH), Nottingham University (England), and Eternity Bible College (CA and ID).

Preston is currently a full-time author, speaker, and teacher, though his dream in life is to become the next bass player for U2…or perhaps a professional surfer (neither of which he is very good at).

Course Sessions

Session 1: Introduction

Q

  1. What tends to come to your mind when you hear the term “homosexuality”?
  2. Which of Preston’s friends, mentioned in the video for session 1, do you think fits the profile for “homosexuality”? Why do you say that?
  3. Why should we stop thinking of homosexuality as an abstract concept? What’s the alternative?
  4. Once you’ve finished the video for session 1, make a few notes about what comes to your mind when you hear the term “homosexuality.” Did hearing about the diversity amongst Preston’s friends change the way you hear this term? Why or why not?

Session 2: Gender & Marriage in Genesis 1–2

Q

  1. Why is Genesis 1–2 important to study with regard to God’s design for marriage?
  2. Read Genesis 2:18. Why is it significant that God gave Adam a spouse who was a “helper suitable” or a “helper fit”—a kenegdo, as the video explains? Does this have a bearing on the way we understand God’s design for marriage? Why or why not?
  3. Read Matthew 19:4–5. How should Jesus’ statement here affect our understanding of God’s design for marriage?
  4. What does the pattern of marriage in Genesis 1–2, and the reality that all marriages recorded in the Bible were heterosexual, tell us about God’s pattern for marriage? What questions about marriage and sexuality are NOT answered by looking at these biblical passages?

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Additional Course Sessions (available in the full course)

Session 3: Sodom & Gomorrah

Session 4: David & Jonathan

Session 5: Leviticus 18 & 20, Part 1

Session 6: Leviticus 18 & 20, Part 2

Session 7: Jesus’ View of Homosexuality, Part 1

Session 8: Jesus’ View of Homosexuality, Part 2

Session 9: Jesus’ Posture Toward the Marginalized

Session 10: The Context of Romans 1

Session 11: The Argument of Romans 1

Session 12: Counterarguments for Romans 1, Part 1

Session 13: Counterarguments for Romans 1, Part 2

Session 14: Words Matter

Session 15: 1 Corinthians 6

Session 16: Summary

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