Come As You Are

The Nines Conference 2014


As the church confronts same-sex marriage, it has often veered towards the extremes of either condemnation or permission. In this 5-minute session from The Nines Conference 2014, John Burke, Founder and Lead Pastor at Gateway Community Church, in Austin, Texas, argues for a third way—the way of hope. John shares some of the ways God has led him to minister to the gay community and he is joined by Melissa who began attending his church with her lesbian spouse.


Which of John'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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We are not the agents of change in the lives of other people. Our duty is to faithfully cast the seeds of the gospel and trust God to bring about the growth (1 Cor. 3:6). As God leads you to engage the issue of same-sex marriage, be sensitive to the reality that you are speaking to a topic close to the hearts of many. Walk with a faithful commitment to the truth, a deep love for people, and an abiding dependence upon God to inspire change in their lives. 


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