With the new year here, I wanted to bring a new series on Wednesday nights—one that would be instantly “usable,” so to speak. So, we jumped back into our “Different by Design” books (sort of), using the outline as a launching point for our own version of the series.
Last week, we discussed the first of several sermons on the biblical and practical view of our gender (borrowing heavily from Pastor Wayne Hardy). Here’s the gist of last week:
- God made us ALL in His image. Gen. 1:27. We’re all made in the image of God, separating humans from animals.
- God shows His image through two genders: male and female. Each is equal to the other. Each is unique from the other.
- God created Eden perfectly, and called it good. In the Garden before sin was introduced, everything was perfect—just as God wants it to it be. Adam was 100% masculine. Eve was 100% feminine.
- The most extreme rejection of gender is homosexuality. Being born one way—the way you were created—but choosing against nature is like a rejection of God, according to Rom. 1.
- Homosexuality blurs the distinction between men and women. No longer do we have 100% distinction, but a blur.
- Men reject their roles by stepping away; women reject theirs by stepping toward the man’s. Ultimately, they both end up in the middle, indistinguishable.
- Our question is not, “Are you gay?” Rather, it is, “Are you 100% distinct?” If you are one step away from 100% (say, 95%), God’s goal for you is to be 100% masculine or 100% feminine, just like he originally designed.