Glorify God with Your Body: The Christian Sexual Ethic in a Post-Christian Culture  

Southwest Church of Christ

November 5, 2022

1:00 -  6:00pm

Seminar Focus

From the earliest years of the Christian faith, the sexual ethic of Jesus followers has been a distinctive identity marker. Greco-Roman culture’s loose sexual mores were at obvious odds with the self-controlled conduct of the early disciples.  These Christ-followers consciously strove to obey the apostolic command to “glorify God with your body” (I Cor. 6:20), contending that sexual expression was reserved exclusively for monogamous heterosexual marriage.  As Christianity became dominant in the Western world, its sexual principles became the standard for regions that came under its good, yet imperfect, influence.  As a result, some of the worst exploitative practices in human history faded away in its wake.  In recent years, however, the modern West has challenged the historic Christian teaching about sexuality and now generally views it as narrow, oppressive, or even hateful.  This seminar will help individuals and churches refresh their understanding of biblical sexuality, preparing them to answer friends, family members, and fellow believers who have rejected it.

Beach Stroll

Featured Speaker

Keith is the Director of CCS and is Professor of Theology at Heritage Christian University. He previously taught Scripture and historical theology at Harding University and Austin Graduate School of Theology. He received his education at Oklahoma Christian University (BA), Harding School of Theology (MDiv), and Calvin Theological Seminary (PhD).

 

A leading scholar of Jacob Arminius, Keith has written several books including: Jacob Arminius: Theologian of Grace, co-author (Oxford University Press, 2012); The Reformation to the Modern Church: A Reader in Christian Theology (Fortress Press, 2014); The Letter and Spirit of Biblical Interpretation: From the Early Church to Modern Practice (Baker Academic, 2018); After Arminius: A Historical Introduction to Arminian Theology, co-author (Oxford University Press, 2020); and Ethics Beyond Rules: How Christ’s Call to Love Informs Our Moral Choices (Zondervan, 2021). Keith is the Editor of the Journal of Christian Studies.

Keith, his wife, Amanda, and their three children are members of Brentwood Oaks Church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

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Seminar Topics

Schedule (1-6pm)

Session One - Moral Truth vs. Moral Relativism  

This session provides clarity about the importance of moral truth especially in light of the relativism current in our culture. 

Session Two - The Christian Sexual Ethic  
This session explores briefly the general view of sexuality envisioned by the Bible.  What is God's good will for humans when it comes to sexuality?

Session Three - The Christian View of Homosexuality (Pt 1)  
This session addresses the teaching of the Bible and the witness of Christianity history on homosexual conduct.

Session Four - The Christian View of Homosexuality (Pt 2)
This session explicitly addresses the revisionist arguments current among those wanting to hold to Christianity and affirm homosexual conduct.

Session Five - The Christian Understanding Transgenderism  
This session addresses briefly transgender ideology and suggests resources that will be useful for navigating the issue with truth and compassion.

Seminar Focus 

The focus of this seminar is the moral questions regarding human sexuality, specifically in areas currently under attack by the broader culture.   We naturally have  questions and seek answers to the many ministry questions that surround sexuality today.    But, before we can effectively move toward the question of ministry to those who struggle with sinful sexual behaviors we must have absolute clarity about the moral question.  And that is the focus of this seminar.        Many issues of ministry will be raised that fall outside the scope of the seminar and can't be addressed there.  But, we will provide resources that can help (see below).

Ministry Resources

At the seminar we will have a table with books, articles, and other resources that address the questions of ministry from a Biblical perspective.   Resources are offered at cost. 

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