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April 16, 2015 Comments Off on Living “Grace and Truth” in a Culture in which LBGT is Mainstream Views: 832 Current Events, Practical Living

Living “Grace and Truth” in a Culture in which LBGT is Mainstream

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14

The falling dominoes have reached critical mass as state by state, gay marriage has been legalized. We are now less than ninety days from SCOTUS making gay marriage legal in all fifty states. It is here. People who identify themselves as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) are now mainstream in our culture. They are no longer a peripheral group; they are the upcoming SCOTUS decision away from full assimilation into the mix of the melting pot of American society.

The American church cannot afford to do its usual ostrich routine of burying our heads in the sand and denying reality. We must take action within our churches to equip and train our people how to live in “grace and truth” in the new normal. Cultures change, but our mission remains the same: “make disciples.” I fear NEHBC is woefully behind the curve. I often get questions from our members about how to stand for truth AND love well.

So, I recently taught a two part series in an effort to start equipping our members to live “full of grace and truth” in a culture in which LBGT is mainstream. This series was by no means all encompassing, but rather a start. I have a lot to learn myself, but learn we must.

I addressed “truth” first. I share this teaching with our members in an effort to instill in you biblical courage and confidence to live full of truth despite what culture says. Watch/listen to this teaching here: Does Religious Freedom Really Matter?

Then last night, I addressed “grace.” I share this teaching with our members in an effort to get us thinking about how to engage with and love those in the LGBT community. Watch/listen to this teaching here: Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin

I pray the Lord will bear lasting fruit in our congregation from this.

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