The Sexual Reformation

Restoring the Dignity and Personhood of Man and Woman

What does it mean to be a woman or a man created in the image of God? Many Christians don’t have a good grasp of what their sexuality means. Many women in the church don’t feel like their contributions matter. Why is this?

The church is sadly still confused about what it means to be a man or a woman. While secular society talks about sexuality in terms of liberation, many in the church define manhood and womanhood in terms of reductive roles that rob us of the dignity of personhood, created in the image of God.

In her poetic, theologically contemplative style, Aimee Byrd invites you to enter the rich treasure trove of the Song of Songs as its lyrics reveal how our very bodies are visible signs that tell us something about our God. This often-ignored biblical book has much to teach us about Christ, his church, man, and woman. And what it teaches us is not a list of roles and hierarchy. It is a love song.

As it unfolds throughout the canon of Scripture, the meaning of our sexuality extends beyond biology, nature, and culture to give us a glimpse of what is to come. This meaningfulness reinforces our discipleship as we participate in the eschatological song.

In The Sexual Reformation, you will discover the beautiful message that our bodies—and our whole selves—are part of the greater story in which Christ received the gift of his bride, the church. Within the context of thatstory, you’ll rediscover your sexuality as a gift.

8 Session Study Guide

Session Titles and Runtimes:

1 – Intro: Reformation Looks Forward (10 min)

2 – Do We Really Need a Reformation? (18 min)

3 – We Are Singing the Wrong Song (16 min)

4 – Our Bodies Speak (17 min)

5 – The Woman’s Desire and the Desirous Woman (19 min)

6 – Sexuality as Gift (21 min)

7 – Sometimes the Last Man Standing Is a Woman (16 min)

8 – Male and Female Voice (17 min)

9 – Outro: Eschatological Imagination (19 min)

“This is a book that will grow your soul. In the midst of albeit important debates about the meaning of masculinity, femininity, authority, and submission, Aimee invites us to rise above and listen—listen to Jesus singing over us, pointing us to redemption centered on himself. Instead of viewing each other as rivals for power, let’s join in the song—the Song of Songs—and embrace each other as gifts. May that song of reformation lead to our dance of celebration!”

—Sheila Wray Gregoire

“Aimee Byrd beautifully shows us the need for nothing less than a reformation in how the church understands and discusses our bodies that more fully resonates with the biblical vision. Byrd powerfully calls us to discover a deeper song whereby our embodiment as male and female resonates with the great marriage of heaven and earth made possible through the incarnation and the marriage supper of the lamb.”

—Timothy C. Tennent