A Responsible Response

The Nines Conference 2014


What would you do if a same-sex couple came to you with the desire to get married? How would you respond? In this 5-minute session from The Nines Conference 2014, Brian Haynes, Lead Pastor of Bay Area First Baptist Church in League City, Texas, explains how our theology should cause us to lean into these situations with grace to share the love of Christ.


Which of Brian’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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When it comes to marriage, it is important to start with God's design, which the Bible makes clear is a lifelong covenant between one man and one woman. That said, when a same-sex couple approaches you with a desire to pursue marriage, your response should be one that demonstrates your love in the midst of sharing truth. As you consider how you will approach a similar scenario, pray that God would give you a deep love for those in your life pursuing same-sex relationships. While these conversations are never easy to have, God calls us to remain faithful to His truth and to trust Him with the outcomes.


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