Freed from Guilt ... Freed from Shame Overcoming Bible Abuse about Homosexuality a Bible Study for ALL of God's Rainbow People
revised to include verses directed toward the Transgender Experience
Register now to attend this important, in-depth Bible study for ALL of God's Rainbow people. You may attend in-person at St. John's MCC or from your own home via Zoom. It begins on Tuesday night, October 5, 2021, and goes through November 23rd.
Jim Manchester has revised this epic, transforming Bible study to include the verses that some would use to abuse Transgender people.
Find out why the "Sodom and Gomorrah" story is so important to us.
Learn what an "Abomination" really is and how it might apply to you personally.
Discover why the Levites were so concerned about what they called "genital mutilation."
Find out what was going on in Asia Minor and the around the Mediterranean that Paul found so troubling.
Meet our LGBTQI family members in the Bible and learn their stories. There are quite a few that we've overlooked.
Pick out YOUR best responses for when someone tries to beat you up with the Bible.
Chances are, the answers to these issues are NOT what you might think. They are certainly not what the Bible abusers say they are. No one should have to put up with Bible abuse, but you can arm yourself with truth that comes directly from God's Word. If you are interested in spreading the whole Gospel of Jesus Christ to those around you, this groundbreaking Bible study for Adults is for you.
Tuesday nights in October and November 2021 starting at 6:30 pm. This Course is offered at St. John's MCC and on Zoom. Pre-registration is free but is required. It is limited to 8 in-person participants and 25 virtual participants.
Registration for the Fall 2021 Course is Closed. It will be offered again in Fall 2022.
People are saying....
Highly recommend listening to Jim Manchester and his journey. Much wisdom to be gained---
James Matthew • Sept 29, 2020
I first taught “The Bible and Homosexuality” at SJMCC in 1998-1999. It was life-transformative for me then and I pray it continues to be life-transforming for all who will take advantage of this teaching. There really is NO THING that can separate us from God’s love … not even misinterpretations.
The Rev. Terri Steed Pierce • Sept 29, 2020 Pastor, Joy MCC, Orlando
I learned about the scripture verses that have been used against gay people and what these verses really mean. I learned about what was going on and why they were written.
On the positive side, I learned about God's infinite love, and about scriptures that override the negative messages that people have conjured against gay people. I learned that when taken as a whole work, the Bible is about God's love for all people.
Bob Young • Sept 14, 2020
I was scared that God didn't love me and that I had been condemned to hell.
Now, after taking this course, I'm not.
Rusty Lowery • Sept 13, 2020
I remember when Jim Manchester and I first talked about creating an educational resource for those still wrestling with issues concerning the Bible and same-gender loving people. During that conversation, I encouraged him to begin working on such a resource; the result of that conversation was "Freed from Guilt … Freed from Shame!" This course invites participants on a deeper, more expansive exploration and study of the scriptures, particularly as it relates to what it says and does not say about same-gender loving, Trans*, and GNC persons. In the end, it is a journey toward a greater understanding of Jesus’ words, “you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32, NIV).
Since the initial offering of this course, participants continue to speak about how significant the study has been in their lives and their spiritual journey. With some of the revisions Jim has made to the study, I have no doubt this study will continue to be just as significant, if not more so, for future participants. Jim is an incredibly gifted and extraordinary teacher who will keep you captivated and hungering for more! I highly recommend this course for anyone seeking to understand the scriptures on a deeper level, especially for anyone truly desiring to be free from guilt and free from shame!