NextLevel Online: Identity (others who teach in this series are: Matthew McBirth, Sara Hill, and Doug Alridge)

Session 4: Understanding Sexual Identity (Doug Aldridge)

In this session, we talk about Biblical and Secular Worldview.


Classroom Instructions

Materials: Lesson Outline

Biblical Worldview

  • Our identity in Christ affects our actions, which affects our feelings.

Secular Worldview

  • Our feelings affect our actions, which affects our identity.

We look at the Biblical Worldview through the lens of 1 Thessalonians.

  • Paul wrote this letter in 51 AD.

  • Paul reminds us that our identity is found in Christ and nothing else.

  • Our choice of authority determines the nature of our religion (tradition, experience, cultural accommodation).

  • The Greco-Roman culture was very promiscuous; they had a secular worldview of sexual identity.

  • Paul makes it clear that any sexual act outside of heterosexual marriage doesn’t honor God.

  • The church can come across as anti-sex, which isn’t true.

  • Sex is holy; sex was God’s idea, and He has set perameters in marriage to honor it.

  • Sex outside his will does not honor people.

The whole call of the Gospel is don’t act the way we were born.

Christian marriage is meant to be a reflection of the image of God.

The key element of a christian sexual ethic is other centered, not self centered.

What drives our actions is our identity in Christ, not our feelings.

About NextLevel Online

The vision of Ozark Christian College is to glorify God by evangelizing the lost and edifying Christians worldwide. The mission of Ozark Christian College is to train men and women for Christian service as a degree-granting institution of biblical higher education.