Book - Understanding Sexual Identity

I read this book a number of months ago in response to questions by some youth leaders. They were looking for some answers around ministry in the area of sexuality and same sex attraction (SSA). This book is written specifically towards youth ministry and so I found the language was fairly easy to understand, which is always helpful. I would recommend reading it as well.

This whole area of sexuality, SSA and LGBTQ community is one that we should give thought and consideration to. The church has been known for its historic stance on the issue, although more recently there are groups that have moved away from that. I hope at a later stage to put together a more comprehensive article on this topic. My overall philosophy is that we are called to be Christlike. Christ was the epitomy of love, which did not reject those who needed God but also did not approve of things in their life that were barriers to relationship with God.

I believe Christ's life expressed love and sacrifice, he lived his life as an example to others and sought to lift their life towards a closer relationship with God without condemning them for where they were at that moment. I believe that it is the function of the Holy Spirit to convict people. The Bible says to become more like Christ, not to be more like the Holy Spirit.

Anyway, what I love about this book is that it encourages us to look at the concept of identity through a wider lense. When sexuality or SSA is the issue, then we can narrow the definition of our identity to this one aspect. We can forget that if we are discipling young people in their faith, then their identity is in Christ first, not these other areas, and so it starts to reframe the conversation.

I encourage you to read it and analyse it for yourself. I borrowed it from the public library first before I bought my own copy. You can also pick it up from Amazon or Book Depository