Communication Breakdown

The Nines Conference 2014


There is a lot of uncertainty in the church today over how to have the conversation about same-sex marriage. Most people know what they believe about the issue, but they are unsure about how to communicate it to others. In this 3-minute session from The Nines Conference 2014, Eugene Brandt, Directional Pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Jackson, Tennessee, offers some practical advice for communicating effectively about same-sex marriage, especially to the church body as a whole.


Which of Eugene’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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Eugene said, "Our sexuality is not just a biological phenomenon, but it is part of the great biblical narrative." Ultimately, sex points beyond itself and communicates the truth about God's love for humanity. When people in the church grasp the story of God as a theological grid for their lives, their convictions become deeply meaningful. Wherever God has placed you, work to train those believers in your midst to see the topic of homosexuality within the over-arching story of God's redemptive work in the world. Help them to communicate beyond the "yes" and "no" of behaviors to touch the hearts of people with the gospel.


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