Summer is here and in full swing. Students are starting up summer leagues, getting summer jobs, and some are just chillin!
This week we with the start of summer comes the start of a new Youth series. We will be studying the doctrine of Humanity through a series titled “The Imago Dei: Made in His image.” I cannot think of a timelier place in the history of the world to study this doctrine. Is it Bruce or Caitlyn Jenner? Can someone who was born male actually be a female stuck in a male body?
Our current culture is heavily divided on this issue. If you look at the TV you would think everyone is on board with the “transgender” movement. If you look at polls however, you will find that there is a greater divide on the topic than what the media would like you to believe. After President Obama issued a directive to public schools concerning what bathroom a transgender student could use, a New York Times/CBS News poll was conducted to see how Americans felt about the issue. 46% said that students should use bathrooms that match their gender on their birth certificate while 41% said that students should be allowed to use the bathroom of the gender they self-identify as.
This upcoming series about the doctrine of Humanity will show your students the why and how God created humanity. We also want to explore the themes of humanity being cursed with sin, humanity being saved by Jesus, humanity living out its fullest potential through Him, and what hope humanity has for the future.
We will discuss how God created us Male and Female. We will talk about gender roles and how both Male and Female are equal in Value to God but we are ultimately very different…which is a GOOD thing! In all of this the topic of Homosexuality will come up and we will discuss that marriage is a covenant between ONE Man, ONE Woman, and God Almighty!
Your student may discuss some of these topics with you so if you want to be prepared here are some links to help you guide and ministry to your student!
The Village Church Sermon series called A Beautiful design where Pastor Matt Chandler discusses God’s beautiful design for Men and Women.
The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. There are several blog posts on transgenderism that are very helpful.
Desiring God Blog and Podcast have several posts and podcast episodes on the issue by Pastor John Piper.
As always if you have any questions or need anything do not hesitate to email, text, call, or come by the church!
Love you guys and Praying for you!