Sexual Identity in Christ

Reverend Angie Song

Our continuing series on sexuality and the church. If you would like to join the conversation in the community of small groups, contact Reverend Joe.

  1. What points stood out to you from the sermon? What questions did it raise?
  2. In what ways are your identity rooted in Christ? In what ways are you discovering that our society’s culture is telling you who you are?
  3. In what ways is your identity in Christ enough for you in your value and view of self? In what ways does that Christ-centered identity feel like it isn’t enough?
  4. Read 1 Corinthians 6:9-20. As Christians, how are we to properly understand our sexual desires and identity in Christ?
  5. How do we as Church (ie. the body of Christ) relate to each other in a way that encourages and reminds us of our true identity? Share examples or suggestions.

Notes on Question 4:

Corinthian Context

-Corinthians had a dualistic understanding of flesh and spirit (they are not connected, the flesh is less important than the spirit)

         -this thought was wrongly appropriated by the Corinthian Christian

-they believed the spirit was already redeemed and since the flesh didn’t matter, so they could do whatever to the flesh to prove that they were truly free in Christ (ie. gluttony, sexual immorality)

-they didn’t believe what they did to their bodies would be judged because only their spirits would be raised when Christ returns

Verses 9-10

-a list of the most common and offensive of Corinthian sin

-ruthless self-gratification, self-serving - reckless of other people’s rights

-these are labels - they’ve become an identity, persistent sins

-note: homosexual sex (men who have sex with men) - 2 words in Greek

         -malakoi - effeminate/soft; passive partner in same-sex relationship

         -arsenokoitai - male+bed/lie down; active partners in same-sex relationship

Verse 11

-washed - inward cleansing of sin, Spirit’s transforming work

-sanctified - made holy, to be set apart, belong to God exclusively

-justified - declared righteous

-idea expressed here: become what you really and already are in Christ

Verses 12-13

-this is a Corinthian saying, said mostly by the wealthy

         -wealthy Corinthian Christians were also saying this

-Corinthian parties included gluttony of food and sexual immorality

-an attitude of self-love and gluttonous behaviour

         -egotistical nature went against unity and identity of the community

-their freedom is at a cost to others’ freedom in the same body/church

-true freedom comes not from permission to do everything but from not being enslaved by anything

         -and only by the Holy Spirit’s power can we truly be set free

Verse 14-20

-what we do to our bodies will also be judged by Christ

-all of us that a part of the same body (church) have a stake in what each other do - when one part hurts, we all hurt (1 Corinthians 12:26)