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One of the most profound questions we face in life is: “What is a human being?” Philosophers wrestle with it. Sociologists study it. Psychologists delve into it. Social activists fight for it. Politicians try to legislate it. But, what is a human? Specifically, for our purposes, what does it mean to be a man or a woman? How should we view relationships, gender and human sexuality? Can they be whatever we want or is their meaning predetermined? It is hard to exaggerate the importance of this topic. Our view of what humans are impacts our lives on every level and, yet, we often think little of it. On this point, Augustine once said:

“Men go abroad to admire the heights of mountains, the mighty waves of the sea, the broad tides of rivers, the compass of the ocean, and the circuits of the stars, yet pass over the mystery of themselves without a thought.”

In light of that, the sermon series, On Being Human: Relationships, Gender and Being Made in the Image of God, works through these important questions from the scriptures. The Bible is not silent on these profoundly relevant issues. Throughout its pages we see that human beings are inescapably related to, and dependent on, God. Humans were created in the image of God with inherent dignity, value and purpose – for joy, in relationship to Him and others. In a culture awash in conflicting perspectives, opinions and conjecture, there is perhaps no greater need in our day than a deep, penetrating and fresh look at God’s revelation of his purposes in the creation of mankind. That is our goal in this series. The following describes the flow of our study:

On Being Made in the Image of God
Men and Masculinity
Women and Femininity
Marriage and the Mystery of Christ
Men as Husbands
Women as Wives
Singleness and the Mystery of Christ
The Imago Dei and Sexuality*
Raising Image Bearers: Foundations
Raising Image Bearers: Practices
On Being Human and the Sanctity of Life

*This topic specifically relates to human sexuality. The content is not meant to be explicit nor graphic. However, we speak about pornography, same-sex attraction, gender confusion and other sexual distortions.

With affection in Christ,
Pastor Adam



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