Below is a brief review of our meeting on Sunday, followed by quotes highlighted during the message and several discussion questions for Community Group or personal study this week.
Kevin Khoffie led us into a time of worship by reading Psalm 86:12-17.
Chris Deloglos prayed and read 1 Corinthians 10:12-14.
We gave our offerings while singing Inside Out.
Gene shared an Elder Update explaining that our church members would be considering Chris Deloglos for a position of pastoral leadership within the church. We will be taking the next several months to seek God on this matter and will formally submit our opinions in August.
After the update, Matthew preached the second half of his miniseries, “The Bible and Homosexuality: Part 2,” from Romans 1:26-2:8.
After the message, Gene gave a benediction and invited all to attend the Good Friday Service on April 3rd.
Quotes Projected During the Message:
“Engaging with God and entering the transformative life of the church does not mean we get a kind of “free pass,” an unconditional love that leaves us where we are. Instead, we get a fiercely demanding love, a divine love that will never let us escape from its purifying, renovating, and ultimately healing grip.
A church that doesn’t spend itself reaching out for the lost sinner is not loving – or holy, but a church that doesn’t spend itself in helping those lost sinners conform more and more to the glory and worship of God is not holy – or loving.” – Jonathan Leeman
“The Bible calls the Christian struggle against sin faith. It calls the Christian fight against impure cravings holiness. So I am trying to appropriate these biblical descriptions for myself. I am learning to look at my daily wrestling with disordered desires and call it trust. I am learning to look at my battle to keep from giving in to my temptations and call it sanctification. I am learning to see that my flawed, imperfect, yet never-giving-up faithfulness is precisely the spiritual fruit that God will praise me for on the last day, to the ultimate honor of Jesus Christ.” – Wesley Hill
“If Jesus abstained and if he is the measure of what counts as true humanity, then I may abstain too – and trust that, in so doing, I will not ultimately lose…Imitating Jesus; conforming my thoughts, beliefs, desires, and hopes to his; sharing his life; embracing his gospel’s no to homosexual practice – I become more fully alive, not less. According to the Christian story, true Christlike holiness is the same thing as true humanness. To renounce homosexual behavior is to say yes to full, rich, abundant life.” – Wesley Hill
1. Homosexuality is both identical to and different from every other sin. Explain this concept. In what ways does homosexuality touch the core of our being in ways that other sins do not?
2. What is the difference between unconditional acceptance and true love for another person? Use Jonathan Leeman’s quote as a reference.
3. Matthew shared the following six steps for how to practically relate to and love on the LGBT community.
- Be a good friend
- Focus on their greatest need
- When God provides an opportunity, gently but firmly challenge them with what the Bible says about homosexual activity
- Fear God, not man
- Resist the temptation to analyze your every word after the fact
- Remember, change is a process
Consider each of these steps. Which ones are most difficult for you and why? In what ways can you focus on God growing you in those areas? As a community, which areas have you already seen God help us to do well?
4. Christlike holiness equals true humanness. What does this mean? Matthew said that when we are saved, Jesus gets to call the shots about which desires we get to act out and which ones we must fight against. How does this mindset contrast with predominant ideas in our culture about one’s individual orientations?
5. How does the power of the gospel equip us to submit our sexuality to the King?