Secret Church 2022: Who Am I? Session 3

Secret Church 2022: Who Am I?

Who Am I? – Session 3

WHO AM I?
Gender. Sexuality. Artificial Intelligence. Race. Justice. Genomics. The Metaverse.

Life seems complicated these days. Fragmented even. And everyone has an opinion. But what does the Bible say about all of these issues? About you? About me? About the 7 billion people that fill every street, town, campus, village, apartment, and neighborhood on earth?

Secret Church 2022 focuses on what it means that we are made in the image of God and how that impacts all areas of life.

Stream session media, download the study guide, answer key, and the small group discussion guide. 

Session 3 Discussion Questions

CONTEMPORARY APPLICATIONS

Humanity, Infertility, and Artificial Reproductive Technology

1. How should God’s original design for marriage and sex affect the way we address the issue of infertility?

2. What promises can Christians cling to amidst the pain and grief of infertility?

3. How might the use of some artificial reproductive technologies undermine God’s design for marriage and sex?

4. What options do you think are clearly unbiblical when it comes to addressing infertility? What questions do you still have? (Talk to one of your pastors or another member of your church or small group who you know well if you have further questions about this issue.)

5. What are some practical ways churches can care for members who are dealing with infertility?

Humanity, Genomics, and Eugenics

1. Though scientific discoveries and advances can be a great blessing, what’s wrong with viewing all scientific “progress” as something we should embrace?

2. God designed humans to be finite, or limited, and dependent on him. How should this reality affect the way we approach questions of genomics and eugenics?

3. Which uses (if any) of gene editing seem biblically permissible and wise? Which uses seem unbiblical and potentially problematic? (Explain your answers.)

4. What are some biblical truths and passages that ought to factor into our decisions concerning gene editing?

5. How should the potential effects of genomics and eugenics on the poor and vulnerable affect the way Christians think about this issue?

Humanity and Artificial Intelligence (AI)

1. In what ways have you already encountered AI in your own life?

2. How would you explain the difference between a human and a machine?

3. Which uses of AI seem biblically permissible and wise? Which uses seem unbiblical and/or potentially problematic? (Explain your answers.)

4. How might a biblical view of work affect the way we think about the benefits and drawbacks of AI?

5. Why will AI technologies always lack the kind of wisdom God requires of men and women?

Humanity, Digital and Social Media, and the Metaverse

1. On an average week, how much time do you spend on social and/or digital media? How do you think this affects the way you look at the world?

2. How might the goodness of God’s physical creation (see Genesis 1–2) affect the way we approach digital and social media? What about the metaverse?

3. We’re often quicker to assume the worst about people or treat them with a lack of dignity when we communicate through social media. Why do you think that is? How can we guard against this tendency?

4. Why is it important for followers of Christ to view their use of social/digital media and the metaverse not merely as a recreational activity but also as a discipleship issue?

5. In terms of your use of various forms of technology, what are some practical steps of accountability you could put in place with the help of fellow church members or mature Christian friends? (Make a list of potential steps and people.)

ULTIMATE CONCLUSIONS

Who Is God?

1. How has this study affected the way you answer the question, “Who am I?”

2. One of our responses to God’s greatness and sovereignty should be humility. How might humility before God change your approach to many of the complex issues we’ve been looking at? In what ways have you treated God lightly?

3. Why is it critical that we keep returning to the Bible as we think about who God is and how he would have us respond to the issues covered in this study?

4. Why are attempts to break free from God’s design ultimately futile?

5. What promises does the Bible offer for the Christian beyond his or her physical death? How should our future hope affect the way we live today?

*If you have further questions about what it means to be a Christian, we would encourage you to talk to a Christian friend. If you are struggling with any of the issues covered in this study, talk with a pastor or another member of your church. In addition to giving us his Word, God gives us the church to provide counsel in understanding and applying the Word

LESS THAN 1% OF ALL MONEY GIVEN TO MISSIONS GOES TO UNREACHED PEOPLE AND PLACES.

That means that the people with the most urgent spiritual and physical needs on the planet are receiving the least amount of support. Together we can change that!