Monday, March 25, 2019
Pastor Steve DeNeff
Steve DeNeff has served for more than ten years as the Senior Pastor of College Wesleyan Church, a church of 1200 people, in Marion, IN on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University. College Wesleyan Church is an inter-generational congregation in an academic setting that exists within a city that is economically and educationally strained. Steve shares the following words of wisdom with his preaching colleagues: One good person, doing one thing well, in one essential place, long enough can move the earth toward heaven.
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Sexuality and the Body:
THEME for 2019: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”
Sexuality & the Body Purpose and Outcomes
The purpose of Sexuality and the Body is to provide campus-wide conversation regarding the relationship between our Christian faith and our sexuality. Regardless of the topic of the annual program, we hold to these three principles as we plan and execute this program:
- We hope to affirm that we are all image-bearers of God and we are created as sexual beings.
- We hope to affirm the Bible’s authority as we seek to understand our sexuality.
- We hope to promote civil discourse in our program as we engage controversial and personal topics regarding sexuality.
“Spirituality can be described as a vast longing that drives us beyond ourselves in an attempt to connect with, to probe and to understand our world. And beyond that, it is the inner compulsion to connect with the Eternal Other, which is God. Essentially, it is a longing to know and be known by God (on physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual levels). This is why we are called to worship God with all that we are – body, mind and soul (Deut. 6:4-9; Mark 12:29-31).
Sexuality can be described as the deep desire and longing that drives us beyond ourselves in an attempt to connect with, to understand, that which is other than ourselves. Essentially, it is a longing to know and be known by other people (on physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual levels). It thus forms part of what it means to ‘love others as we love ourselves’ (Mark 12:29-31).”
Debra Hirsh, Redeeming Sex
- What do you think God is saying to you?
- What is keeping you from doing this?
- If you were to do it, what might be a good first step?
- Who might be a good person to tell? Or who will you ask for help?
Songs from Chapel: