Dr. Sean McDowell goes through some of the fundamental issues, such as whether or not homosexuality is a gospel issue, whether or not homosexuality is the unforgivable sin, and why many people have adopted the revisionist view of homosexuality. Gain profound insight and practical advice while applying biblical evidence to common objections to pertinent passages in Genesis, Romans, and 1 Corinthians.

Some of the Topics Addressed

  • Know if God has a specific design for sex and marriage.

  • Learn how to approach the issue of homosexuality biblically with compassion and clarity.

  • Examine and respond to the arguments of people who support the revisionist interpretation.

  • Understand the biblical evidence regarding the homosexual behavior.

See what our Students are saying

Todd Martin

5 star rating

“Sean McDowell is a knowledgeable, committed instructor and effective witness for the historical Christian teaching on human sexuality. The teaching materials presented in text, book, video, and interactive zoom lessons--along with additional sugge...”

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“Sean McDowell is a knowledgeable, committed instructor and effective witness for the historical Christian teaching on human sexuality. The teaching materials presented in text, book, video, and interactive zoom lessons--along with additional suggested resources and a session with Dr Christopher Yuan--challenged, inspired, convicted, and equipped to begin to address what Jesus taught about human sexuality to those who are confused, skeptical, or opposed, and to strengthen the Church in holding fast to Biblical truth. I see this as only the beginning, however, for me. If the course were offered again, or a part 2 were added, I would take it. ”

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Patrick Garmoe

5 star rating

“As a Christian, I want to love people in a God-honoring way. Because this issue is so political, it was really helpful to have Sean McDowell serve as a guide to arguments on both sides. The course work was excellent. The lessons taught you the key...”

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“As a Christian, I want to love people in a God-honoring way. Because this issue is so political, it was really helpful to have Sean McDowell serve as a guide to arguments on both sides. The course work was excellent. The lessons taught you the key points and counterpoints to the major arguments in these debates, but most importantly focused on the need to show love, not legalism. Sean also offered plenty of resources to go deeper on every topic. The live classes were really helpful and helped me remain focused on the course each week. I also appreciated that he took one session just to discuss transgenderism, something not originally part of the course curriculum.”

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Loretta Bohn

5 star rating

“This course is terrific! Even at the basic level, you get a wealth of teaching and resources. The premium level includes 6 Zoom sessions for live interaction with classmates and the instructor, which really added to my enjoyment. Personally and ...”

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“This course is terrific! Even at the basic level, you get a wealth of teaching and resources. The premium level includes 6 Zoom sessions for live interaction with classmates and the instructor, which really added to my enjoyment. Personally and professionally, responding to people who have adopted a revisionist or "pro-gay" view is a challenge for me. This course helped me articulate and defend my more traditional (but NOT, therefore, "anti-gay") beliefs and to know that I'm not alone in holding them. I'm looking forward to revisiting the resource lists and continuing to think about the issues. The course coordinator is very responsive by e-mail, and the instructor (Sean McDowell) modeled grace both in the taped lectures and in our Zoom sessions. If you are dealing with this issue in any way, take the course. Just amazingly good. ”

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Judy Foss

5 star rating

“This course is a highly recommended undertaking for a Christian who wants to engage our culture. I am newly informed about the dialogue that takes place surrounding the idea of Gay Christianity. The emotional argument from the homosexual community...”

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“This course is a highly recommended undertaking for a Christian who wants to engage our culture. I am newly informed about the dialogue that takes place surrounding the idea of Gay Christianity. The emotional argument from the homosexual community is extremely convincing when interfacing with the gay person, human-to-human. But when the Christian returns to the cross and the fundamentals of the moral code, the argument changes and the call to discipleship turns one's gaze toward man's design and eternal call. All of these thoughts come to the forefront in this course and gives a Biblically based premise for the dialogue. I want to spread the wealth of knowledge I've gained in my locale.”

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Robert Sanders

5 star rating

“If you would like to learn how to engage in conversation with others about same-sex attraction, marriage, and what Jesus taught about God's design for relationships, you should take advantage of this course, taught by Dr. McDowell. His compassion,...”

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“If you would like to learn how to engage in conversation with others about same-sex attraction, marriage, and what Jesus taught about God's design for relationships, you should take advantage of this course, taught by Dr. McDowell. His compassion, clarity, and thoughtfulness in preparing for this course are exemplary. The preparation is thorough, thoughtful, and purposeful for speaking truthfully and empathetically with our culture.”

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Susan Robinson

5 star rating

“I really enjoyed learning the different views, historical and revisionist, that were explained in the course. I learned a lot about how others frame the question of same sex attraction and relationships and the church's response. Sean McDowell is...”

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“I really enjoyed learning the different views, historical and revisionist, that were explained in the course. I learned a lot about how others frame the question of same sex attraction and relationships and the church's response. Sean McDowell is an excellent instructor and the Zoom interactive sessions were definitely a highlight!”

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Erica Shell

5 star rating

“This was a very thorough and well taught class!!! I was extremely impressed!!”

“This was a very thorough and well taught class!!! I was extremely impressed!!”

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Katie McDaniel

5 star rating

“This course has taught me so much about the issue and how I can approach it in a more compassionate and humble manner. I needed a course like this to teach me how to love those in the LGBTQ better without affirming the behavior.”

“This course has taught me so much about the issue and how I can approach it in a more compassionate and humble manner. I needed a course like this to teach me how to love those in the LGBTQ better without affirming the behavior.”

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Course curriculum

  • 01

    Let's Get Started

  • 02

    Introduction to Course (April 1-April 7)

  • 03

    The Revisionist Movement (April 8-April 14)

    • ZOOM Session April 8th

    • Lesson 2 Study Guide

    • Revisionist Motivations

    • Revisionist Strategies

    • Revisionist Assumptions

    • Lesson 2 Recommended Resources

    • Lesson 2 PowerPoint PDF's

    • Lesson 2 Answer Key

    • Lesson 2 Completion Verification Survey: *Submit completed survey by Tues, April 14, 11:59 pm/ET, even if all work is not done on time.

  • 04

    Jesus and Homosexuality (April 15-April 21)

    • NO ZOOM Session April 15

    • Lesson 3 Study Guide

    • Did Jesus Mention Homosexuality?

    • Did Jesus Mention Homosexuality? Q&A

    • Five Truths About Homosexuality

    • Five Truths About Homosexuality Q&A

    • Lesson 3 Recommended Resources

    • Lesson 3 PowerPoint PDF's

    • Lesson 3 Answer Key

    • Lesson 3 Completion Verification Survey: *Submit completed survey by Tues, April 21, 11:59 pm/ET, even if all work is not done on time.

  • 05

    Genesis (Part 1) (April 22-April 28)

    • ZOOM Session April 22

    • Lesson 4 Study Guide

    • Genesis 1-2

    • Ten Principles from Genesis

    • Q&A About Genesis

    • Lesson 4 Recommended Resources

    • Lesson 4 PowerPoint PDF's

    • Lesson 4 Answer Key

    • Quiz Lessons 1-4

    • Lesson 4 Completion Verification Survey: *Submit completed survey by Tues, April 28, 11:59 pm/ET, even if all work is not done on time.

  • 06

    Genesis (Part 2) (April 29-May 5)

    • ZOOM Session April 29

    • Lesson 5 Study Guide

    • Revisionist View of Genesis

    • Questions about the Revisionist View of Genesis

    • Sodom and Gomorrah

    • More Q&A

    • Lesson 5 Recommended Resources

    • Lesson 5 PowerPoint PDF's

    • Lesson 5 Answer Key

    • Lesson 5 Completion Verification Survey: *Submit completed survey by Tues, May 5, 11:59 pm/ET, even if all work is not done on time.

  • 07

    Leviticus (May 6-May 12)

    • NO ZOOM Session May 6

    • Lesson 6 Study Guide

    • Leviticus 18 Intro

    • Leviticus 18 - Does it Apply Today?

    • Questions about Leviticus

    • Lesson 6 Recommended Resources

    • Lesson 6 PowerPoint PDF's

    • Lesson 6 Answer Key

    • Lesson 6 Completion Verification Survey: *Submit completed survey by Tues, May 12, 11:59 pm/ET, even if all work is not done on time.

  • 08

    Romans and 1 Corinthians (May 13-May 19)

    • ZOOM Session May 13

    • Lesson 7 Study Guide

    • 1 Corinthians

    • Romans (Part 1)

    • Romans (Part 2)

    • Lesson 7 Recommended Resources

    • Lesson 7 PowerPoint PDF's

    • Lesson 7 Answer Key

    • Lesson 7 Quiz

    • Lesson 7 Completion Verification Survey: *Submit completed survey by Tues, May 19, 11:59 pm/ET, even if all work is not done on time.

  • 09

    Sean McDowell vs Matthew Vines (Conversation) (May 20-May 27)

    • LAST ZOOM Session May 27

    • Lesson 8 Study Guide

    • Assignment #2: Instructions

    • Conversation (Video)

    • Assignment #2: Conversation Analysis

    • Lesson 8 Recommended Resources

    • Lesson 8 Answer Key

    • Week 8 Completion Verification Survey: *Submit completed survey by Wed, May 27, 11:59 pm/ET, even if all work is not done on time.

    • Addressing Homosexuality with Clarity and Compassion PREMIUM Course Evaluation

PREMIUM Course Requirements

Students wishing to qualify for the certificate level of this course, MUST :

  • Read SAME-SEX MARRIAGE by Dr. Sean McDowell & John Stonestreet

  • Read HOLY SEXUALITY and the Gospel by Christopher Yuan

  • Submit weekly Verification Surveys

  • Participate in 4 of the 5 Live Zoom Sessions

  • Watch ALL lesson videos

  • Answer all lesson guide questions

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