In this video series Elyse Fitzpatrick and Eric Schumacher introduce the concepts from each chapter of their book Jesus and Gender and share personal stories that supplement their teaching. With the Bible as their foundation, they explore basic identity questions, like What does it mean to be created in God’s image? What does it mean to be a man or a woman? What should our relationships look like?
Many Christian women and men carry heavy burdens. Much teaching on gender relations, roles, and rules binds the conscience beyond what Scripture actually teaches. Gender has become a battleground for power. But God created men and women not to compete for glory but to cooperate for his glory.
In Jesus and Gender, Elyse Fitzpatrick and Eric Schumacher paint a new vision for gender—Christ’s gentle and lowly heart. The centrality of the gospel has been lost in gender debates. Our ultimate example is Jesus, our humble king, who used his power to serve others. So we must rethink our identities, roles, and relationships around him. Christ transformed enemies into family. Men and women are allies in God’s mission.
This video series corresponds with the book Jesus and Gender: Living as Sisters and Brothers in Christ by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick and Eric Schumacher (Kirkdale Press, 2022). You can order it here.
Elyse M. Fitzpatrick is a bestselling author, national speaker, and ministry leader. She is director of Counsel from the Cross Ministries and author of over twenty-five books, including Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus and Found in Him: The Joy of the Incarnation and Our Union with Christ. She also is coauthor, with Eric Schumacher, of Worthy: Celebrating the Value of Women. She earned a MA in biblical counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary and has been married for more than forty years.
Eric Schumacher is associate pastor of Grand Avenue Baptist Church in Ames, Iowa, and coauthor, with Elyse Fitzpatrick, of Worthy: Celebrating the Value of Women. He earned his MDiv from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and has been married for over a decade.