The Bible, Marriage, 

and Sexuality

A Holy Conversation

Wednesday Nights   •   6:00 – 7:30 p.m. 

March 2 – May 18, 2016  

Section Title

March 2

     Introduction of Course

     led by Dr. Greg Rogers


March 9

     Old Testament Scriptures

     led by Dr. Barry Jones, Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, Campbell University Divinity School


March 16

     Old Testament Scriptures

     led by Dr. Barry Jones, Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, Campbell University Divinity School.


March 23

     No Class (Maundy Thursday service on March 24 at 6:15 p.m.)


March 30

     No Class (Spring Break)


April 6

     New Testament Scriptures

     led by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Dean and Professor of New Testament and Greek, Campbell Divinity School


April 13

     New Testament Scriptures

     led by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Dean and Professor of New Testament and Greek, Campbell Divinity School


April 20

     Sexuality in Current Culture

     led by Mari E. Wiles, Minister to the University and Associate Dean of Students, Chowan University


April 27

     Human Trafficking, Prostitution and Pornography

     led by Pam Strickland, Director of ENC Stop Human Trafficking Now


May 4

     Oakmont and Homosexuality


May 11

     The Evangelical Christian Response to Homosexuality


May 18

     The Evangelical Christian Response to Homosexuality

From the Pastor

Oakmont has a positive history of offering Bible study surrounded by healthy and holy conversations on important issues during special Sunday and Wednesday evening small and large groups, and our annual adult Vacation Bible School. We have discussed world religions and sectarian groups, most recently looking at Islam with Dr. George Braswell from Campbell Divinity School. We have examined the Jewish roots of our Christian faith. We have addressed the issue of immigration from a biblical perspective. Last spring we explored death, dying, grief, funeral planning, and palliative and hospice care. We used the VBS week last summer to hear first-hand from many Oakmont and other community leaders about alcohol and drug addiction, money and debt, mental illness, and racism in our world.


Now we will offer a Bible study and discussion beginning Wednesday, March 2 entitled “The Bible, Marriage, and Sexuality: A Holy Conversation.” The 10-week schedule is included in this edition of our newsletter. We assembled a small team of our deacons to develop the topics we will address through a biblical framework. We are grateful for those persons with particular expertise in these areas who will help us study and think about these important issues. The content will include premarital sex and cohabitation, marriage and divorce, homosexuality and same sex-marriage, and issues surrounding human trafficking, prostitution, and pornography.


There are several things I want you to know in advance of this study and conversation. Many of the study sessions will carry a “R” rating. If some of the Old Testament scripture in particular were made into a movie, it would carry that rating with additional words that state “viewer discretion advised.” Many of these Old Testament passages are sexually graphic in nature as they reflect the realities of human existence in their times. Be prepared to blush! 


The Bible, especially the model of Jesus, provides us ample material on how to have these holy conversations with each other on important topics that are enveloped in prayer, soaked in scripture, and laced with love, grace, and listening hearts. I hope you will bring all of those important tools as we share in this biblical study and holy conversation together beginning on March 2.


Your Pastor,

Greg Rogers