Make a Difference

The Nines Conference 2014


Does the church exist to make a point—or to make a difference? In this 5-minute session from The Nines Conference 2014, Joshua Gagnon, Founding and Lead Pastor of Next Level Church in Somersworth, New Hampshire, addresses the ways Christians are tempted towards winning an argument at the expense of losing a relationship. In order to illustrate this challenge, he shares the story of his gay brother who decided to visit his church.


Which of Joshua'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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Joshua shared his fear that too many churches have traded in the good news of Jesus Christ for a message of behavioral modification. At some level, we are probably all guilty of this. For a variety of reasons, we have urged people to adjust their actions rather than turn to the Savior who can reshape their hearts. True love requires truth, but truth is more than winning an argument. In your relationships with those pursuing sexual sin, strive to love them in the way that Christ has loved you. Point them to the beauty of the Savior and allow Him to accomplish the work of bringing them to repentance. 


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