Theological Reflection

January 31, 2016

Bible Text: Genesis 1:26-27, 2:18-25 |

Series:

Theology describes how we think about God; it’s the bridge between ancient texts and our daily lives.  It shapes how we understand and apply the Bible.  This week, explore the connection between your personal theology, and your reading of the Bible texts on sexuality.

Discussion Questions

  1. Why do questions about our sexual identity sometimes feel different or more difficult than other aspects of our identity?
  2. See the comparison of interpretations on Genesis 1 and 2.  After reading the summary of the traditionalist interpretation of Genesis 1 and 2, what is clarifying? What is challenging?
  3. After reading the summary of the progressive interpretation of Genesis 1 and 2, what is clarifying? What is challenging?
  4. What are some key ideas that are important to you in your understanding of creation in relationship to human sexuality?
  5. In contemporary Canada, how does the understanding and practice of marriage:
    a. reflect the covenantal promise and relationship with God outlined above?
    b. differ from the concepts of covenant outlined above?
  6. How, if at all, would an affirmation of same-sex marriage affect your understanding of marriage as a covenant?
  7. Covenant life in the church and legal life in society are not always identical. As a result, how, if at all, should the understanding and practice of marriage in the PCC be different from that of society in general?
  8. Refer to the theological flow chart.  Where do you find yourself on this flow chart? Try to trace a path different from your own. Try to see the issues of sexual orientation and ordination from that other perspective. What makes you feel uncomfortable and why?
  9. Notice that the chart allows people who believe that homosexual activity is a sin and people who believe that homosexual activity is not a sin to reach the same conclusions. How can Christians have different opinions about whether specific behaviours are sinful and still be unified?
  10. Reflect on an experience of division, such as when someone or some group has left the congregation. Might there have been a way to maintain unity in the midst of disagreement?

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