Kindness and Convictions

The Nines Conference 2014


We live in an age of increasing hostility towards the Christian church, especially on issues of sexuality. While Christians must remain steadfast in the truth, it is important that we do not contribute to the hostility without warrant. In this 5-minute session from The Nines Conference 2014, Walt Kallestad, former Senior Pastor of Community Church of Joy in Glendale, Arizona, reflects on his church's decision to leave their denomination over the issue of biblical authority, specifically as it related to the subject of homosexuality. His experiences serve as an encouragement to Christians facing similar circumstances today.


Which of Walt’s points did you find most impactful? Why?
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What did the Lord reveal to you through this message? (Did you gain a fresh insight in how to approach the issue of sexuality within your context? What challenged you? Were you convicted of sin?)
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How were you encouraged through this message? How can you use what you’ve learned to address sexuality biblically—in your personal life, at work, or at church—and equip others as disciples of Christ?
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How, practically, can you implement what you heard from this message in your life and/or ministry today? What changes will you make in your approach to biblical sexuality as a result of what you’ve just heard?
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Having personal convictions does not have to come at the expense of ostracizing others. As Walt shared, even though his church left its denomination over differences regarding the issue of homosexuality, they had gay and lesbian individuals who remained as a part of their congregation because they felt like they were treated with kindness and dignity. Ask God to season your convictions with grace. Invite Him to do the work of teaching you how to accept and love those around you with the mercy of Christ.


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