Sexuality statement

regeneration Church takes a bible-based view on sexuality. As a church we are committed to loving each individual and journeying together in pursuit of holy living.

Christ calls us to particular ways of living in how we relate to all forms of sexuality. Being followers of Jesus means embracing God’s vision of faithfulness in sexuality. In practice, this means abstaining from sexual relationships outside of the historical understanding of Christian marriage, expressed in covenant union between a man and a woman.

The Bible provides two life-enriching options of sexual expression: monogamous marital relations between one man and one woman (Genesis 1:27-28; 2:18; 20-24; Matthew 19:4-6; Mark 10:6-9; Hebrews 13:4) and sexual celibacy (Matthew 19:12; 1 Corinthians 7:8). Either is a gift from God and is given as He wills for His glory and the well-being of those who receive His gift to them.

The hallmarks of holy lives lived in obedience to God will include avoiding pornography, inappropriate relationships that compromise our witness, and pursuing life-giving purity by the grace of God. Although many people choose to get married, the Bible (especially the New Testament) celebrates singleness. Jesus, Paul, and many early Christian leaders were single and celibate. Singleness gives greater freedom for service, is desirable, and should be celebrated and honoured in the Church (Matthew 19:10-12; 1 Corinthians 7:8; 25-30).

regeneration Church will work to see our congregation, including believers with same-sex attraction, as valued members of the body of Christ and engaged in meaningful relationships through the blessings of the family of God. Likewise, we affirm the value of Christians gathering together for accountability and encouragement.

We are determined to love with the compassion and justice of the Lord Jesus Christ, and so commit to reject and condemn all forms of hatred, physical or verbal abuse, and the victimisation of LGBT+ people. We do not accept that simply holding our biblically-based views on same-sex behaviours and marriage is either homophobic or unloving. God does not allow us to condone behaviours He has prohibited in scripture.

Everyone is welcome to attend regeneration, regardless of marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. If for any reason you are not received with kindness and dignity, please speak to a member of our leadership team.