Categories for Service

The Nines Conference 2014


When a church is convinced that homosexuality is a sin, what should it do with gay people who desire to serve? In this 5-minute session from The Nines Conference 2014, Jeff Jones, Senior Pastor of Chase Oaks Church in Plano, Texas, offers some practical tips from his own experience thinking through this question. 


Which of Jeff’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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As Jeff said, we want law when it comes to these types of situations. We prefer clear answers to dealing with the gray areas. Unfortunately, we miss crucial gospel opportunities when doing so. Serving the church is different from leading or even attending. There are opportunities to provide. As you reflect on your own situation, think deeply about the level to which you will allow gay people to serve. May you lead with both truth and grace. 


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