Weekly Update – April 20th, 2023
It has been several weeks now since we have examined the a point in our newly adopted statement on Biblical sexuality. So far, we have taken an in-depth look at the first two points of our statement. You can find an explanation of point one HERE and point two HERE. This week we will take a look at point three which says this:
Those born with a physical disorder of sex development are created in the image of God and have dignity and worth equal to all other image-bearers. They are acknowledged by our Lord Jesus in Matthew 19:12, “as eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb.” With all others they are welcome as faithful followers of Jesus Christ and should embrace their biological sex insofar as it may be known.
As we look at this statement there are three main aspects that we must understand. First, what is a physical disorder as it relates to sexual development. Second, what does it mean to be in the image of God. Then third, what is a eunuch and how would they embrace their biological sex, as much as possible. This can become a complicated and sensitive subject. Therefore, I will try to handle it carefully.
First, what is a physical disorder? A physical disorder is not what our modern society would term, “transgender.” Transgenderism states that a person may have a different gender identity or gender expression from their biological sex. There are legitimate cases where people suffer from what is called “gender dysphoria.” Here there may be a legitimate feeling that your gender does not match up with your sex. These cases are far fewer than what society would tell us. Nevertheless, what a physical disorder is relating to is what is called a “disorder of sexual development” (DSD) or what was formally called, “intersex.” This would be a case where someone is either born or has not developed clear “criteria” that would distinguish them as male or female.
Second, image of God. As with the previous two points that we examined, the conversation must necessarily go back to what it means to be in the image of God. Genesis 1:27 is clear, “So God created man in his image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” There are only two biological sexes, male and female. This means that there is no possibility of a third sex. How then do we think about those who cannot categorize themselves as male or female? Though it may not look perfect or even always be possible, they should try to determine their chromosomal state (remember from biology, XX = female, XY = male), and live within that state, as much as possible.
Third, what is a eunuch? A eunuch in the first century typically referred to a male who “was not able to reproduce”, to put it mildly. Matthew 19:12, as it refers to eunuchs from birth, is likely referring to those with a biological defect or perhaps a “disorder of sexual development.” Therefore, Jesus, in talking about marriage in this context, stated that those who suffer from such condition may still live faithful lives before the Lord, as they strive for sexual purity. In many cases, this may mean a life of celibacy.
Point three is probably the most technical out of all the points in our statement on Biblical sexuality, yet it is just as important. As Nancy Pearcey says, “In a fallen world, we are all born with deficiencies and malfunctions in various parts of our minds and bodies – a weak heart, a proneness to depression, a tendency to high blood pressure. The world is out of joint.” In other words, sin has such a vast effect on us, that though we are all created in God’s image, some may have a physical disorder that creates more hardship than others. Regardless, because we are all in God’s image, no matter what the defect or weakness we have, we all have dignity, value and worth by nature. Furthermore, through Jesus Christ, no matter what effect sin has had on us, whether physical, mental, or emotional, we can live faithful lives, through trusting in him, being transformed from one degree of glory to the next (2 Cor. 3:18).
Serving Him with You,
Pastor Michael Nelson
Written by Pastor
Fighter Verse for the Week
"I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins." - Isaiah 43:25
Secret Church: On April 21st, beginning 6:00pm, we will join David Platt via simulcast for an intense evening of Bible study and prayer. The study for this year will be over the book of Jonah. We will meet in the Hutchison home. If you would like more information about this event, contact the church office. You can find out more about Secret Church HERE.
Annie Armstrong Easter Offering: Every year at this time, we raise funds to support missionaries all over North America who are serving with the North American Mission Board (NAMB). This year, First Baptist Church is seeking to raise $8,500. We have already received $6,206 towards this goal. You can give on Sunday mornings through one of our offering boxes located in the foyer or the welcome center. Just mark your envelop as “missions” or “Annie.” Or you can give online HERE and choose “missions” under the Fund tab. You can find more information about this offering HERE.
Harry’s Hay Days: On Saturday, May 6th, from 10:00am-4:00pm, First Baptist Church will be participating in the citywide festival called, “Harry’s Hay Days.” We will be hosting carnival games, face painters, balloon artists, Chick-fil-A, and more, right here in our parking lot. Put this date on your calendar and sign up in the hallway to help!
Parent/Child Dedication: On Sunday, May 14th, we will have a parent/child dedication during our morning service. This is a time for parents to affirm their commitment to raise their child in the Lord (Eph. 6:4), as well as the church to affirm their commitment to invest and encourage parents as well as pray for their child to one day know the Lord. If you have had a child born in the last few years and have not taken part in this dedication and you would like to, email email@example.com
Vacation Bible School: Mark your calendar. This year, we will host Vacation Bible School on Monday, July 10th-Friday, July 14th from 5:45-8:00pm. More information on how you can help is available on the bulletin board in the hall and more information about how to register your child is available HERE. We are now collecting items for VBS decorations. We are looking for large square cardboard boxes, white wrapping paper, black wrapping paper, large sheets of insulations foam, large sheets of sturdy cardboard, and any leftover interior acrylic paints in bright colors, pastel colors, black, or white.
Volunteers Needed: Volunteers are still needed during the 10:30am nursery time. Check the update or email the office for more information on how you can serve.
Join us for Awana Bible Clubs on Wednesday nights. Dinner is at 6:00pm and Awana Clubs are from 6:30-8:00pm.
We have three classes held at 9:15am on Sunday mornings. “Evangelism: Engaging the Lost” will meet in the Sanctuary, a biblical exposition of 1 and 2nd Thessalonians will meet in the Fellowship Hall, and a Ladies’ class studying the Old Testament will meet in the classroom next to the nursery. You can find more information HERE.
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Home Groups typically meet on the first and third Sunday of each month. Please contact Pastor Michael if you would like to join a Home Group. You can find more information HERE.
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