Study Guide for The Children Are Free:
Reexamining the Biblical Evidence on Same-sex Relationships
Publisher/publish date: Jesus Metropolitan Community Church, 2003.
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Purpose of this Study Guide
The Study Guide was developed as a companion to The Children Are Free: Reexamining the
Biblical Evidence on Same-Sex Relationships. It is meant as a starting place for discussion and deeper thought on the topics covered in the book. Whether you use this guide for
individual or group study, the hope is that the questions and exercises will help you delve deeper into the truths of Scripture, so that you can better apply the Scriptures to your life.
Description of the guide
Each section of the study guide consists of a short reading from the book, often with
additional readings from Scripture to provide context, and a number of questions.
We have intentionally avoided asking the direct question, "Do you agree or disagree with the authors?" We tried, instead, to ask questions that would help readers think about why
they agree or disagree, while avoiding a quick yes-or-no response. Of course, the facilitator should feel free to ask this question if she or he thinks it appropriate.
We have also deliberately included more questions than you will need. We know that not every question will be beneficial to every person. If a question doesn't seem to yield fruit,
move on to another question.
The point of this guide is not to get through all the questions, or even to discuss every section of the book, but to spark deeper thought. The key is to trust God to guide your
thoughts, and try to keep yourself open to what the Spirit would have you learn from this dialogue.
Although The Children Are Free can be read in a short amount of time, we've found that
groups often require several weeks to work through the book. To allow for a thorough discussion, we recommend an eight-week study, with two weeks for each chapter.