“Is Living an Alternative Lifestyle”
Colossians 4:5-6, “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY?
“Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; this is detestable.”
“If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable.”
Genesis 18:20-21, 19:1-9
“Then the Lord said, The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin is so grievous that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.”
“Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen.”
‘In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.”
WHAT DOES BEING GRACIOUS LOOK LIKE?
1. Rethink our assumptions!
2. Look more like Jesus!
I Corinthians 6:9-11
Homosexual Sin is NOT singled out.
The church is to welcome all sinners.
We model transformation.
Help our friends to live out our new life in Christ.
3. Examine our hearts!
4. Eliminate ALL joking!
5. Listen with compassion!
Just love people!
By letting our conversations be full of grace
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
Possible next steps:
Apologize and Seek forgiveness of someone you may have condemned & been judgmental of.
Learn how to love better.
Look at resources to help.“Loving Homosexuals as Jesus would” by Chad Johnson
“Love is an orientation – Elevating the conversation” by Andrew Martin
We must live out for our friends the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ by living example which is the Good News!