Social Norms in Crisis

The Nines Conference 2014


As the divide grows between Christian doctrine and social norms, the tendency for many leaders historically has been to reinterpret their doctrine to reflect the cultural views of their day. In this 5-minute session from The Nines Conference 2014, Wesley Furlong, Founder and Director of City of Refuge and Director of Church Development for the EVANA Network, shows how doing so actually erodes the foundation of churches and robs them of opportunities to effectively minister and offer healing to broken views about sexuality.


Which of Wesley’s points did you find most impactful? Why?
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What did the Lord reveal to you through this message? (Did you gain a fresh insight in how to approach the issue of sexuality within your context? What challenged you? Were you convicted of sin?)
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How were you encouraged through this message? How can you use what you’ve learned to address sexuality biblically—in your personal life, at work, or at church—and equip others as disciples of Christ?
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How, practically, can you implement what you heard from this message in your life and/or ministry today? What changes will you make in your approach to biblical sexuality as a result of what you’ve just heard?
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The church today must embrace the disparity between social norms and Christian doctrine, especially as it relates to sexual ethics. The challenge we face is not whether to reinterpret doctrine, but to engage effectively in communicating true doctrine as a pathway to freedom. Historically, the church has always stood at odds with the social norms of sexual ethics. Ask God for the boldness to continue in that tradition today. In your conversations with those pursuing broken forms of sexuality, surrender any desires for popularity and share the way of Christ as the true path of freedom.


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