Human Sexuality and the Holy Spirit: Spirit-Empowered Perspectives

Human Sexuality and the Holy Spirit: Spirit-Empowered Perspectives

Human Sexuality and the Holy Spirit: Spirit-Empowered Perspectives

Human Sexuality and the Holy Spirit: Spirit-Empowered Perspectives


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The God Who Is Love created man male and female for love.

Human sexuality is a gift of Creation. The image of our God who is love is
borne by "man" as "male and female," with no hint of either sexʼs imaging
the divine more fully than--or apart from--the other. Through this gift, we may
love and be loved deeply, may enjoy a profound oneness in marriage, and, from
loveʼs natural self-giving, may give life to children, the greatest ongoing fruit
of such love.

Despite all its goodness, many on this planet experience sexuality in brokenness
and pain. We know sin and evil spoil and steal from Godʼs good creation, but we
do not despair. The Good News of Jesus Christ reckons seriously with every enemy
of human fl ourishing. His victory has won healing the Holy Spirit applies to the
broken, through loving ministry.

These truths of Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration unify the essays in this
book. Most began at the Scholarsʼ Consultation of the Empowered21 Asia Global
Congress in Singapore in 2017. Here they explore Godʼs intention for our sexuality,
ways we misuse and abuse this gift, and ways Spirit-empowered communities help
heal brokenness and restore the divine image. Expressing theological and socialscience
scholarship and front-lines ministry experience from the First and Majority
Worlds, these essays probe gender theory, inequality, and fl uidity and dysphoria;
sexual exploitation of children and women and their resilience; homosexuality;
fi ghting HIV/AIDS; promoting sexual wholeness; and more. Readers will deepen
their biblical, theoretical, and practical understanding so they may minister healing
and restoration with wisdom and compassion in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781950971008
Publisher: Oru Press
Publication date: 12/02/2019
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

Dean of the College of Theology & Ministry and Distinguished Professor of Global Christianity at Oral Roberts University

Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Oral Roberts University

Candidate, Master of Counseling, at Oral Roberts University

Table of Contents

Part I. Laying a Foundation

Introduction / Wonsuk Ma and Kathaleen Reid-Martinez

1. God’s Original Design for Human Sexuality and

Spirit-Empowered Leaders in the Old Testament / Lian Mung

2. A Historical and Hermeneutical Approach to the

Vice-Lists: A Pauline Perspective Concerning

Homosexuality and the Holy Spirit / Mark Hall

3. Leaving the Past Behind: A Historical Survey of

the Church’s Response to Homosexuality / Clayton Coombs

4. Querying Queer Theory: Gender Expression and

Transgender Identity in Manifold Perspective / Michael McClymond

Part II. Learning from Real Life

5. Sexuality, Gender, and Marriage: Pentecostal

Theology of Sexuality and Empowering the Girl-

Child in India / Brainerd Prince and Atula Walling

6. Girls’ Education and Sexuality in Burkina Faso:

The Contribution from Pentecostal Churches and

NGOs /Philippe Ouedraogo

7. Sexual Exploitation of Children in the

Philippines and the Role of Pentecostal Churches /

Lulu Suico and Joseph Suico

8. Resilience and Spirit-Empowered Communities:

Stories of Overseas Filipino Women Workers in

Pentecostal-Charismatic Churches / Doreen Alcoran-Benavidez and Edwardneil Benavidez

9. African Sexuality in the Context of HIV/AIDS / Joshua Banda

10. Good News from Africa: Is a Person’s Sexual

Behavior Influenced by Their Attitude and

Behavior towards God? A Voice of Evidence / Joshua Banda

11. A Transformational Work of the Holy Spirit For

Freedom from Gender Inequality In Nepal / Bal Krishna Sharma and Karuna Sharma

12. Holy Sex: A Sermon / William Wilson

13. Marriage, Human Sexuality, and the Body / Timothy Tennent

14. A Case Study from Malaysia: Struggling Pastor

Who Pastors Strugglers / Teresa Chai and Tryphena Law

15. Spirit Baptism as a Framework for Ministry to

the Struggling / Megan Grondin

16. Women at Yoido Full Gospel Church:

Pentecostalism in a Confucian Context / Julie Ma

17. Postscript: A Reflection / Annamarie Hamilton



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