Avoid the Cliches

The Nines Conference 2014


Most churches today have gay individuals attending their services. Because of this, it's important for leaders to communicate about the topic of homosexuality in an articulate manner while remaining steadfast in the truth. In this 5-minute session from The Nines Conference 2014, Dennis Episcopo, Senior Pastor of Appleton Alliance Church in Appleton, Wisconsin, encourages Christians to avoid cliches in order to cast the issue of homosexuality within the bigger picture of God's redemptive work in the world.


Which of Dennis’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 the culture continues to push for embracing homosexuality and same-sex marriage, the church has an opportunity to model the truth of Scripture. Though, in the process of doing so, it is important that we do not become one-issue churches, placing homosexuality on a pedestal as a more significant sin than others. When you find yourself talking to members of the gay community or speaking publicly on biblical sexuality, rely on God to supply you with the right message. Rather than relying on your preparation alone, trust the Holy Spirit to guide you in speaking truth and stirring the hearts of those who need to hear it.


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