Heal and Equip

The Nines Conference 2014


As the sexual norms of culture shift, what must the church do in order to respond in a relevant way to those who do not embrace its values? In this 4-minute session from The Nines Conference 2014, Brian Haynes, Lead Pastor of Bay Area First Baptist Church in League City, Texas, offers a number of practical suggestions for responding in a biblical and compassionate manner.


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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As Bryan's suggestions made clear, the church must do more than simply preach a biblical position. If we are going to respond in a way that impacts our culture, we must move beyond the pulpit alone. In addition to convicted preaching, we need people willing to engage on a personal level to equip future generations and offer mercy to those who have been harmed. Take some time to consider how God has equipped you to minister to sexual brokenness. We all have a part to play. Allow Him to lead you in the path He has for you and trust Him to use you for His glory.


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