The following post is the 5th of a 5 part series of posts on “Frequently Asked Questions About Homosexuality?” In this 5th post I will be answering the question “How Did Jesus Treat People With Sexual Sin?” If you would like to see the other questions addressed in this series of posts, then just click the links below:
Pt. 1 – Is Homosexuality A Sin?
Pt. 2 – Are People Born Gay?
Pt. 3 – Is Homosexuality Worse Than Other Sins?
Pt. 4 – Can Someone Be A Homosexual Christian?
I originally wrote the content of these posts when I was asked to address these questions at a summer youth camp. The intended purpose of these posts are to help Christians who already have a firm conviction about the authority of Scripture. I want them to better understand what the Bible teaches about homosexuality. So my hope is that these truths will help instruct Christians who want to share the gospel with the homosexuals they know.
How Did Jesus Treat People With Sexual Sin?
As I finish out this series of posts on homosexuality I want to finish by looking at the life of Jesus. It often seems like many people in the church today are confused about who Jesus is and what he was like. So in this final post I want to share 3 lessons I have learned about the life of Jesus that have impacted the way I think about loving homosexuals.
Lesson # 1 – Jesus Would Spend Time With Homosexuals
I love how in Luke 5:27-32 the religious leaders are grumbling about the way Jesus spent his time with the people they thought were “terrible sinners.” It makes me think that in today’s day Jesus would have often tried to spend time with homosexuals. Continue reading
The following is my manuscript of a sermon I preached at Edgewater Baptist Church in Chicago on Sunday, December 16, 2012. Click HERE if you would like to listen to the audio recording of this message.
A Challenging Text
Before us this morning is a bit of a challenging text. It is not challenging because it is difficult to understand or because there is some great controversies that could divide the church.
No…the challenge before us with this text of Scripture is its familiarity. We have heard this story so many times and for many of us they have sentimental value. And when we approach familiar passages and familiar themes in the bible we have this awful tendency to tune them out and assume that we have seen all that there is to see. So let’s ask God to protect us from making this mistake and wasting our time.
I would encourage you all to turn with me to Luke chapter 2. Our scripture text for this morning’s sermon comes from Luke 2:14.
Luke 2:14 – “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased.”
These words are pregnant with meaning and this morning I want to point out three reasons why we too should give praise to Jesus Christ. Continue reading
The following are my notes from Louie Giglio’s talk at the Send North America Conference on July 30, 2012.
All of us are standing on the shoulders of men and women who have gone before us. So isn’t it great to give honor where honor is due? There is nothing new under the sun. As long as the Bible is true then there is not going to be anything said here that has not already been said.
Nothing New Under The Sun
Sure culture changes, but the guts of what we got does not change. So if we are looking around for something new then we need to stop looking. The gospel is old and it has always worked. There is nothing going to happen in these days that is going to trump what has already happened in your life.
Jesus Christ has risen from the dead!!! Has the resurrection worn out in you? Are you still flipping out? If you are not, then you should not go plant a church.
The following is my notes from a sermon I preached at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C on June 5, 2011. Click HERE for the sermon audio.
What If Satan Took Control?
Have you ever thought about what it would look like if Satan really took control of an entire city? Maybe it would look like Sodom and Gomorrah? Or what about the city of Nineveh that we heard about in the sermon this morning? But are these heinous crimes really the only signs that Satan is at work?
Over a half-century ago, Donald Grey Barnhouse speculated that if Satan took an entire city then…
“All the bars would be closed, pornography banished, and pristine streets would be filled with tidy and polite pedestrians who always smiled at each other. There would be no swearing. All the children would say “Yes, sir” and “No, ma’am,” and the churches…. Well they would be full every Sunday…and Christ would not be preached.”
What do you think about Barnhouse’s speculation?
Before you conclude that he was just trying to be provocative open your Bibles to Luke chapter 11:29-30 and we will see who Jesus called a wicked generation.
As the crowds increased, Jesus said, “This is a wicked generation. It asks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah. For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation.”
What do you think Jesus is teaching us in this passage? I have three questions I want to answer. Continue reading