New Young Adult Bible Study Offers Fresh Perspective on Faith and Gender

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A new young adult Bible study, "Good News about Gender," published by Christians for Biblical Equality, frames gender equality as integral to a faithful Christian life

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Good News about Gender

We didn't like our culture's blueprints for becoming men and women, but we weren't satisfied with what we found in Christian bookstores, either.

“How does the Word of God speak about how we live in these bodies as young men and women? . . . In college, friends from my InterVarsity small group stayed up in my dorm room talking about how we didn’t like our culture’s blueprints for becoming men and women, but we weren’t satisfied with what we found in Christian bookstores, either.”

This is how Hannah Rasmussen describes the motivation for her new book, "Good News about Gender," a new young adult Bible study published by Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE). The book, designed for group study, offers an alternative to many evangelical Christian books for young adults, which Rasmussen says often focus exclusively on Bible reading, prayer, or dating. "Good News about Gender" dives deeper into what it means to live out Christian faith as women and men living in community.

The book is designed for small groups, ages 18-30, and its three units cover identity, community, and calling. Each unit gives particular attention to the Bible’s treatment of gender as it pertains to the theme, as well as our application of these biblical principles. Together, the chapters make a case for the full equality of women and men in Christian community, and frames this equality as a natural result of biblical living as well as a key to unleashing the Christian community’s potential to serve and transform the broader community.

"Good News about Gender" is a badly needed resource for the Christian community, according to CBE’s bookstore coordinator, Liz Beyer, who oversaw the project. “Most Christian books that deal with gender revolve around how to live out patriarchal gender roles or stereotypes. Finally, we have a book that calls women and men to something of substance—pursuing God without gender-based limitations. It lays out a holistic view of identity, community, and ministry that incorporates a biblical, egalitarian perspective on Christian relationships and service.

The production of "Good News about Gender" was funded by CBE donors and by the Imago Dei Fund, a foundation dedicated to “co-creating a more free, more just, gender-balanced world.” "Good News about Gender" is now available for sale from CBE in digital format and pre-sale in print format.

In its effort to advance a biblical foundation for gift-based rather than gender-based ministry and service, CBE sponsors annual conferences, facilitates local chapters, hosts an online bookstore, and publishes two award-winning journals. For more information, visit http://www.cbeinternational.org.

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