BMS World Mission has recently launched the Dignity Resource. It is a resource that unpacks the subject of Gender Based Violence. There is a 10 minute introduction video here:
This series of posts is about conceptualising how you might address this subject through a sermon series or through a collection of small group studies. The Dignity resource deliberately does not hand ready made sermons or small group material on a plate to churches. I know that as a pastor, that kind of resource isn’t always what I need. Instead, what we have tried to do is put together a series of things that will stimulate thinking and enable a deeper engagement with the scriptures.
As I read through the resources, I began to see how I might use them if I was to address the issue in my own local church. This collection of posts is my thinking, documented and made public. You are free to use, reject or rework any of this.
I would cover the material in two distinct ways:
- By thinking about the subject of “Biblical Justice”.
I would hope to develop thinking in the area in order to prepare people for more intense, specific subjects that come up when you talk about Gender Based Violence. If you were to just dive straight into a topic live the way the Bible approaches rape, without preparing the way, a local church might find it too intense.
- By focusing on Gender Based Violence.
This is a sensitive subject and will affect some people emotionally as they reflect on their own lives. The global dimension of this resource can be a helpful way of touching on the subject and can inform our local practice.
To that end, there are four blog posts under the following subjects:
- Justice: Sermons
- Justice: Small Groups
- Gender Based Violence: Sermons
- Gender Based Violence: Small Groups
Before tackling those blog posts, and if you haven’t done so already, please read through the Steve Holmes article. Then Anne Wilkinson-Hayes reflections for Church Leaders.