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the Gospel & Sex in the City

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The Gospel & Sex in the city
Relationships, Gender & Sexuality

Spring 2011 sermon series [May 8 - June 5]


Week 1  May 8          Gospel Sexuality
Week 2  May 15        Gospel & Gender Identity
Week 3  May 22        Gospel & partenthood & adoption
Week 4  May 29        Gospel Dating & Marriage | part I
Week 5  June 5         Gospel Dating & Marriage | part II


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An introduction to the Gospel through the book of Ruth.

Dating and Marriage (Part 2)

Speaker: Kris Martens
Title: Dating & Marriage (Part 2)
Date: June 5, 2011


Dating and Marriage (Part 1)

Speaker: Kris Martens
Title: Dating & Marriage (Part 1)
Date: May 29, 2011


Gospel Parenthood & Adoption | why parent?

Speaker: Dennis Wilkinson
Text: Rom 5:10, Rom 8:21-23, James 1:27
Date: May 22, 2011
TEXTS: Matthew 28:19, Romans 5:10, 8:23, Ephesians 1:5, James 1:27

In this 3rd week of our series on the Gospel & sex in our culture, we’ll unpack the state of our culture’s confusion related to parenthood, adoption & family.
Is there really a gospel reason to love this idea of family and to joyfully embrace the rigours of the Christian life which, for most, will include the challenge of parenting? YES.
The longer and deeper we look into gospel, the more clearly we will see that this whole concept of family is a beautiful thing in God’s mind, a beautiful thing that he is calling all of us to be a part of. This morning we are going to look at the gospel from three different directions, and as we do I hope God will birth in you a love for him, that grows so deep that your love for your self begins to dim and fade away.


Gospel Gender and Identity

Speaker: Kris Martens
Title: Gospel Gender & Identity
Date: May 15, 2011
Texts: Romans 1, I Peter 2, Genesis 2 & 3, Ephesians 2:1-10

...although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
...Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, Romans 1:21,24-25

In this 2nd week of our series on the Gospel & sex in our culture, we’ll unpack the state of our culture’s confusion related to gender, roles & identity. We’ll look at the church’s historical understanding of, and response to gender & identity - and spend time addressing the reality of homosexuality and varied orientations influencing our culture.
It is my great conviction that the church has to get this one right - if it is to have a relevant & effective Gospel response in our city. We need a robust theology of identity that is biblical, gospel-centred, God-glorifying, fully-satisfying - and that doesn’t elevate particular sins & sinners into separate categories.
Starting with the creation story in Genesis and moving through the New Testament, we’ll see how God’s design for our identity & roles in relationships was always rooted in Him, as Triune. We were made for so much more than our culture suggests, and we so easily settle for cheap counterfeits. Let’s live in the freedom, joy & expression that Jesus calls us to - and in doing so - be Good News to our city.
There is so much brokenness in the world of sex, much of it coming from confusion surrounding our understanding of gender. The gospel of Jesus brings us badly needed clarity.


Gospel Sexuality

Speaker: Kris Martens
Text: Gen 1:26-28, 2:18-25, Prov 5:18-19, Rom 1:16, 20-25, I Pet 2:11-12
Date: May 8, 2011
In this first week of our series on the Gospel & sex in our culture, we'll unpack the current state of our culture's preoccupation with sex as a religion, and how the Christian church has historically responded. It is my great conviction that the church has to get this one right - if it is to have a relevant & effective Gospel response in our city. We need a robust theology of sex that is biblical, gospel -centered, God glorifying, fully-satisfying - and that doesn't turn sex into an idol or into something dirty or gross.
Starting with the creation story in Genesis, we'll see how God's design was not for sexual desire to be killed, but directed towards marriage & fuly enjoyed. Sex was God's idea. We were designed to be naked without shame in the context of covenant marriage (Gen 2:24-25) We were created for love to be expressed in a beautiful God-designed rhythm - that moved from companionship & commitment to sexual intimacy. Sexual intimacy is not simply an act between 2 bodies, it is the intimate mingling of souls. We were made for so much more than our culture suggests. Let's live in the freedom & joy that Jesus calls us to - and in doing so - be Good News to our city.