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Youth groups to gather for panel discussion to hear what the Bible says about sex

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By PETER SAWYER

JACKSBORO— First Baptist Church of Jacksboro will host “Sex by God’s Design: A Panel Discussion and Q & A on Sex, Dating, Marriage and Homosexuality” on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 6:30 p.m.
“(Sex) permeates our culture,” FBCJ Family and Children Pastor Randall Davenport said. “Everybody knows sex sells. You can’t get away from the issue of sex — from Victoria’s Secret marketing lingerie to little girls, to driving up I-75 to Adult World.”
FBCJ Youth and Outreach Pastor Ben Spry, Cedar Hill Baptist Church Education and Outreach Pastor Ben Lawson and Davenport will answer questions — as a panel — about sex-related issues.
“A panel discussion is just a group of people sitting around, discussing a topic,” Spry said. “The goal of a panel discussion is for people to benefit and gain information on a topic via a relaxed conversation, (rather than) a lecture. You’re getting multiple perspectives.”
Some of the questions the panel members will answer, from a Biblical perspective, are, “What is marriage?”, “What is the purpose of marriage?” and “What is the Biblical view of sex?”. The panel members will also address other related issues they believe to be humanity’s “distortions of sex” — such as pornography, premarital sex, adultery, divorce and homosexuality.
“We are commanded by God to confront hard questions,” Lawson said.
Spry referenced 1 Corinthians 6:11:
“And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
“What we realize is, before we come to know Christ, we’re all enslaved to some sort of sexual sin,” Spry said. “It’s the same today as it was in the Corinthian church. So, ultimately, our hope for anyone enslaved to sexual sin — whether it be adultery, pornography, divorce, homosexuality — is the forgiveness that’s found in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
After the discussion, members of the audience will have a chance to ask panel members questions.
The evening will begin with worship, led by the Birdsong family. The discussion will begin at 7 p.m., and the question and answer session will begin at 7:45 p.m. Spry believes the event will end around 8:30 p.m.
This is actually the second panel discussion FBCJ has hosted. When FBCJ hosted its first panel discussion — about sin — last fall, about 200 people from different churches attended. The panel discussion about sex was originally scheduled for June, but it was postponed to Wednesday (Aug. 28).
Youth from different churches and various denominations are expected to attend. While the event is directed toward a 12- to 18-year old audience, adults are also invited.