What does the Bible say about sexuality?

In the midst of today’s cultural landscape, navigating discussions around Christian sexuality and moral principles can be challenging. Our hope is that the Cityview community can exemplify a more excellent path: one defined by respect, humility, growth, and love.

The leadership team of Cityview Bible Church has curated a valuable collection of Christian resources designed to assist individuals on this journey, which can be found on this page.

Resources

Does the Bible Support Same-Sex Marriage? 21 Conversations from a Historically Christian View

Many arguments are made for and against same-sex marriage that end with divisiveness and confusion instead of thoughtful conversation. New York Times–bestselling author Dr. Preston Sprinkle provides a resource that will encourage respectful and thoughtful conversations around the question “Does the Bible support same-sex marriage?”

Equipped with thorough research, history, and biblical context, this book will enable you to wade into some of the main arguments against the historically Christian view of marriage:

  • The biblical writers didn’t know about sexual orientation.
  • Jesus never mentions homosexuality.
  • Biblical teachings about women, slavery, and same-sex are on the same trajectory.
  • Since some people are born gay, then being gay must be okay.
  • The Bible has been mistranslated.

Preston carefully answers 21 of the strongest cases for same-sex marriage and offers a humanizing and thoughtful response to each one.

Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexuality

The book “Love Thy Body” by Nancy Pearcey aims to address the prevalent hostility towards the human body and biology in today’s society. It highlights key issues such as transgenderism, homosexuality, abortion, and euthanasia, where there is a disconnect between these aspects and human identity. Pearcey questions whether these movements affirm or demean the significance of the human body and biology.

Pearcey offers a critical examination of the dehumanizing worldview that underpins these moral debates, going beyond superficial slogans. She also challenges the common misperception that Christianity is harsh or hateful, presenting it as a holistic belief system that respects and upholds the dignity of the human body and biology.

Throughout the book, Pearcey shares stories of individuals grappling with complex questions in their own lives, emphasizing their pain, struggles, and triumphs.

Holy Sexuality and the Gospel by Christopher Yuan

From the author of Out of a Far Country, which details his dramatic conversion from an agnostic gay man who put his identity in his sexuality to a Bible professor who now puts his identity in Christ alone, comes a gospel-centered discussion of sex, desire, and relationships. Dr. Christopher Yuan explores the concept of holy sexuality–chastity in singleness or faithfulness in marriage–in a practical and relevant manner, equipping readers with an accessible yet robust theology of sexuality.

Whether you want to share Christ with a loved one who identifies as gay or you’re wrestling with questions of identity yourself, this book will help you better understand sexuality in light of God’s grand story and realize that holy sexuality is actually good news for all.

Gay Girl, Good God by Jackie Hill Perry

In Gay Girl, Good God, author Jackie Hill Perry shares her own story, offering practical tools that helped her in the process of finding wholeness. Jackie grew up fatherless and experienced gender confusion. She embraced masculinity and homosexuality with every fiber of her being. She knew that Christians had a lot to say about all of the above. But was she supposed to change herself? How was she supposed to stop loving women, when homosexuality felt more natural to her than heterosexuality ever could?

At age nineteen, Jackie came face-to-face with what it meant to be made new. And not in a church, or through contact with Christians. God broke in and turned her heart toward Him right in her own bedroom in light of His gospel. Read in order to understand. Read in order to hope. Or read in order, like Jackie, to be made new.

Messy Grace: How a Pastor with Gay Parents Learned to Love Others Without Sacrificing Conviction by Caleb Kaltenbachy Christopher Yuan

Caleb Kaltenbach was raised by LGBT parents, marched in gay pride parades as a youngster, and experienced firsthand the hatred and bitterness of some Christians toward his family. But then Caleb surprised everyone, including himself, by becoming a Christian…and a pastor. Very few issues in Christianity are as divisive as the acceptance of the LGBT community in the church. As a pastor and as a person with beloved family members living a gay lifestyle, Caleb had to face this issue with courage and grace.

Messy Grace shows us that Jesus’s command to “love your neighbor as yourself” doesn’t have an exception clause for a gay “neighbor”—or for that matter, any other “neighbor” we might find it hard to relate to. Jesus was able to love these people and yet still hold on to his beliefs. So can you. Even when it’s messy.

For Families

The Story of Me: Babies, Bodies, and a Very Good God (God’s Design for Sex) By Stan & Brenna Jones

Even from an early age, kids are curious about many things―including bodies and babies. Although it can be challenging to determine how much information to give them early on, young children can begin to develop a wonder and appreciation for God’s marvelous gift of sexuality by understanding the basics of pregnancy, birth, and growth. Using age-appropriate language and illustrations, The Story of Me explains:

  • The growth of a child inside a mother’s body
  • How a mother gives birth
  • How breastfeeding works
  • How babies grow once they are born
  • What makes girl and boy babies different
  • Bodily autonomy and privacy

Framing everything within the larger story of God’s wonderful design, your child can begin to understand that God is the giver of good gifts, including the gift of our bodies.

Mama Bear Apologetics by Hillary Ferrer

This mom-to-mom guide will equip you to teach your kids how to form their own biblical beliefs about what is true and what is false. Through transparent life stories and clear, practical applications—including prayer strategies—this band of Mama Bears offers you tools to train yourself, so you can turn around and train your kids. Are you ready to answer the rallying cry, “Mess with our kids and we will demolish your arguments”?

Join the Mama Bears and raise your voice to protect your kids—by teaching them how to think through and address the issues head-on, yet with gentleness and respect.

Hillary is the founder of Mama Bear Apologetics, with a burden for providing accessible apologetics resources for busy moms. She has a master’s in biology and her specialties are scientific apologetics, dealing with doubt, and identifying causes and solutions for youth leaving the church.

You can purchase the book or audiobook below.

The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch

Drawing on in-depth original research from the Barna Group, Andy Crouch shows readers that the choices we make about technology have consequences we may never have considered. He takes readers beyond the typical questions of what, where, and when and instead challenges them to answer provocative questions like, Who do we want to be as a family? And How does our use of a particular technology move us closer or farther away from that goal?

Anyone who has felt their family relationships suffer or their time slip away amid technology’s distractions will find in this book a path forward to reclaiming their real life in a world of devices.

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