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The resources on this page are intended to help you better understand how we have been made for God when it comes to Identity, Gender, and Sex. Although we hope that these resources are helpful to you, they are not, and cannot be, a replacement for God’s word, the Bible. Unlike God’s word, these resources are not perfect, breathed out by God, or able to discern our inner-most thoughts and intentions in the same manner as God’s word. We believe these resources will be most helpful when utilizing them in community and subjecting them to God’s word together.

The task of the Christian is not to whine about the moment in which he or she lives but to understand its problems and respond appropriately to them.” (Carl Trueman) Perhaps nothing has garnered more attention in our current cultural moment than identity, gender, and sex. But attention has not meant agreement for there is a host of opinions about the problems we face, and how to respond appropriately to them. This fall we are exploring how, ultimately, each of us is made for God and what difference that then makes regarding identity, gender, and sex. This resource page is meant to help us engage those topics as we walk through this series together.

If you’re having feelings of hopelessness or helplessness and would like to meet with a member of the Restoring Hope counseling team, please email restoringhope@hopecc.com. If you have questions or concerns related to the Made for God sermon series, please email cor@hopecc.com.

Series Overview

Weekly Q&A Sessions

 Each week on Sunday evenings at 8:00, we will host a virtual Q&A session. Hope people are invited to ask confidential questions which will be answered by Hope leaders, including that week’s preacher. Ideally, this time together will allow each of us to grow in our understanding, share from personal experiences, and consider more deeply God’s message of grace and truth.

Small Group Materials

We’ve created a set of small group materials for the sermon series Made for God in order to help you and your small group discuss, process, and apply the topics brought up in the sermon series.

Small Group Materials

Holy Sexuality Groups

Holy Sexuality Groups are for everyone that wants to grow in applying the Gospel to their own sexuality. These groups are 6 weeks long and start on October 13.

Most of us struggle with some aspect of sexuality and can benefit from refreshing our minds with what the gospel says. Whether it’s why sex matters to God, breaking a sexual addiction, healing from past sexual experiences or abuse, growing in married sex, rethinking (healing from) purity culture, learning how to include God in your sexual struggles and joys, etc. The list could go on and on but we all have some way we can grow in this area. Holy Sexuality Groups are a way to move forward in your journey.

We will start each night with a large group talk that will provide gospel application and practical tools. Then we will break into small groups to apply the large group topic to your own situation and to encourage one another in community.

This group is open to anyone and is an opportunity for all of us to rethink sexuality together.

We will gather in the community room at Hope West from 6:30-8:30 PM.

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Men’s Accountability

Weekly meeting of men joining together in accountability for sexual healing and freedom in Christ. This group provides a safe space to confess sin, support and encourage other men, and earnestly pray against temptation and towards repentance. 

This is not a substitute for Gospel community or counseling, nor a behavior-modification program, it is a Gospel-centered group purposed to continue in the fight for freedom by the Spirit.

This group meets every Friday morning from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM. Please email restoringhope@hopecc.com or click the link below to join or learn more.

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Sermons from the Series

On Singleness, Dating, and Marriage

On Singleness, Dating, and Marriage

From "your soulmate is waiting!" to "you complete me", the messages that surround romantic relationships often create unrealistic and burdensome expectations. Is there a better approach to these topics? This week, we continue our Made For God series, exploring...

On Singleness, Dating, and Marriage

Gospel Sexuality

Let the Holy Spirit renew you as you consider the four aspects of gospel sexuality: IDENTITY in Jesus Alone, CLEANSED completely for all sin, especially sexual sin, FORGIVEN in Christ so that it was as if you have never sinned once in your life, and allowing the...

Stories from the Series

A Personal Story

A Personal Story

When I shared my story with Cor, and he invited me to share it with Hope, I went back and forth for months if I wanted to do it. I grew up in the evangelical church, with messages about purity culture being thrown at me often, the main being don’t have sex before...

Topical resources

God’s Design for Gender/Sex

Hope Sermon: What Was God Thinking When He Created Sex?
Website: Christian Sexuality
Book: Rethinking Sexuality: God’s Design and Why It Matters by Dr. Juli Slattery

God’s Design for Human Sexuality

Hope Sermon Series: Holy Sex
Website: Christian Sexuality

Amidst Shame/Hurt/Harm/Assault/Abuse

Hope Article: Breaking Shame Narratives by Paul Stiver and Kaelyn Larson
Book: Rid of My Disgrace by Justin Holcomb and Lindsay Holcomb

Singleness

Hope Sermon: Singleness
Book: 7 Myths About Singleness by Sam Allberry

Dating

Hope Sermon: The Idolatry of Marriage (or Singleness)
Sermon Series: Sex, Singleness, & Marriage from Redeemer Church

Marriage

Article: What is a Christian Sexual Ethic? by Preston Sprinkle
Book: The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy & Kathy Keller

Complementarianism

Hope Article: Gender Roles by Kaelyn Larson
Hope Essay: Seeking Clarity on Complementarianism

Divorce

Hope Sermon: The Law, the Gospel, and Divorce
Sermon: Marriage, Divorce, and Singleness – Tim Keller

Lust

Hope Sermon: Lust: Dealing With the Dragon Within
Hope Sermon Series: False Intimacy

Masturbation

Hope Sermon: From Naked and Ashamed to Covered and Loved
Forum: Sex and the End of Loneliness: An Open Forum hosted by Timothy Keller

Gender Dysphoria

Podcast Episode: Gender Identity, Biblical Womanhood, and Girly Girls by Thirty Minutes with the Perrys
Book: Understanding Gender Dysphoria: Navigating Transgender Issues in a Changing Culture by Mark A. Yarhouse

Same-Sex Attraction/Homosexuality

Hope Sermon: Holy Sex and Homosexuality
Conference Talk: Sexuality and Identity by Jackie Hill Perry
Book: Gay Girl, Good God by Jackie Hill Perry
Book: Homosexuality and the Christian: A Guide for Parents, Pastors, and Friends by Mark A. Yarhouse