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Genesis 1 says that God creates human beings 'in the image of God, male and female he created them.'

Our sexuality is a fundamental part of our human identity. Male and female together bear the image of God in complementary ways.

But we do not always relate to one another as God planned. Our sexuality is broken, damaged, in need of restoration. This restoration comes from the love of God through Jesus, so that it's possible for the apostle Paul to say 'There is no longer male and female, but you are all one in Christ.'

This sermon is part 3 in a series on true humanity. It was preached at St John's Southgate Lutheran Church at the Sunday Night at St John's service on 23rd June 2013.

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Before the beginning of the universe, there was community. God existed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in the perfect intimacy of the Trinity.

Community is foundational to our humanity. But community is also broken, scarred by shame, blame and fear. God has been working to restore and reconcile. So we as Christians are called to a remarkably different kind of community than what the world is used to - a ' communion'  in the body of Christ, the church.

This sermon explores themes of community, reconciliation and transformation as part of our humanity.

It was preached on Sunday June 16th 2013 at Sunday Night at St John's.

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'Find your humanity!'

Is this an invitation into an exciting journey of discovery? Is it a desperate search for something important that has been lost? Or a bit of both. What does it mean to be truly human? To live in community, to explore communication and vulnerability and maleness and femaleness and friendship and truth...

This sermon series begins to unpack the gift, commences the journey of discovery, and gives pointers in the desperate search. The first sermon in the series focuses on 'the image of God' as the essence of humanity...but the image is broken. How shall it be restored?

This sermon was preached on Sunday June 2, 2013 at Sunday Night at St John's.

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