Same Sex Issues: Part Two, Nov. 9-15

Outline

All grace and all truth
John 1:17
; 4:1-4; 8:1-11; Luke 7:36-50, 1 Corinthians 5:12

 

LOG principle: How I look at myself  confess
Matthew 7:1-5

 

LOVE principle: How I treat the other personcare
Galatians 6:1-5; 1 Peter 4:8, 1 Corinthians 13                 

·       Listen first, James 1:19, 2 Corinthians 11:29

·       Help authentically, 1 John 3:18

  ·       Speak truth gently, Ephesians 4:15 


GOSPEL principle: How I advance Christ’s gospel – share

1 Corinthians 9:22-23; Colossians 4:5-6

Group Discussion Questions

  1. To minister well to another person it helps to first put ourselves in their shoes. This increases our compassion and empathy. So if you are not gay, imagine that you are. What would it feel like as you grow up to gradually realize that you are not attracted to the other sex but to your own? If you were raised in church and were a Christian, how would it trouble you? What would you likely wrestle with as an adult gay Christian?
  2. How should we respond to a gay person who is not a believer in Jesus Christ?
  3. If a family member or friend is a Christian and confides in you that they are gay, what would be several negative, unhealthy, un-Christlike ways you could respond? In other words, what should you avoid doing?
  4. In his sermon Bruce gave us three biblical principles to guide us in how to interact well with a Christian who is gay. The first is the Log principle, how we look at ourselves. Read Matthew 7:1-6. What issues in your life should you deal with before talking with your friend? What motives, such as fear, anger, prejudice, etc, do you need to confess to God? What is your reason or purpose in talking with your friend or family member?
  5. The second is the Love principle. We are to love as Christ loves us (1 Corinthians 13:4-7). Practically speaking, what does love look like in such a relationship? We listen (James 1:19; Proverbs 18:13). We help (Galatians 6:1-3). And we speak truth gently and humbly at an appropriate time (Ephesians 4:15). How could you respond in love if a person reveals to you that they are gay? How could you better love people struggling with temptations and sins?
  6. The third is the Gospel principle (1 Corinthians 9:23-25). We ask ourselves how what we say or don’t say, do or don’t do, will advance the gospel of Jesus Christ? How can you use this principle to help answer such questions as: Do I go to the wedding? Bring a gift? Be in the wedding party? When in a gay person’s spiritual journey might we address same-sex issues?
  7. How should we at Christ Fellowship respond to a practicing gay person who wants to come to our church? Can a practicing gay Christian be a member of Christ Fellowship? Be in a Life Group?
  8. From what you have learned in this study, how can you better represent Jesus to your gay family member, friend, co-worker, neighbor or acquaintance?
  9. How can we better talk about gay issues in casual conversations in a way that honors Jesus, being full of grace and truth (Colossians 4:4-6)?

 

Family Discussion

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

Parents, here’s a link to resources to help you take the lead in talking to your children about God’s design for sexuality: christfellowshipeldorado.com/sexuality

 

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