Category Archives: Sanctification

Can Someone Be A Homosexual Christian?

The following post is the 4th of a 5 part series of posts on “Frequently Asked Questions About Homosexuality?” In this 4th post I will be answering the question “Can Someone Be A Homosexual Christian?” 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. 5 – How Did Jesus Treat People With Sexual Sin?

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.

Can Someone Be A Homosexual Christian?

Like some of the other questions in this series, this question can be a bit tricky. If I were to be asked this question in a conversation I probably would not want to just answer it right away. Instead I would want to know what the person asking the question means by “homosexual Christian.”

What makes someone a homosexual? Is it having homosexual desires or temptations? Is it having a history of homosexual activity in your life? Does it mean that you are currently practicing homosexual behavior?

How we define what makes someone a homosexual really makes a big difference in how we answer this question. Continue reading

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Heaven Fuels Radical Obedience

Notice in the teachings of Jesus the connection between Christian obedience and our hope in heaven:

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.” (Matthew 5:11, 12)

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” (Matthew 6:19, 20)

Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” (Matthew 19:21)

Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life. (Matthew 19:28, 29) Continue reading

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Twelve Tools To Help Someone With Depression

This list comes from John Thompson’s book Urban Impact: Reaching the World through Effective Urban Ministry. 2010. Pgs. 95-97

1. A depressed person should open the shades of his house and let the light in. He should not live in a dark, dingy house. Researchers agree that sunlight can reduce the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder—more commonly known as seasonal depression. A commonly accepted belief is that the lack of natural chemicals in the body such as serotonin promotes depression. Indirect sunlight entering the eye gate stimulates the body’s production and release of this chemical.

2. He should get out of the house, go for a walk, go to church, and force himself to spend time with godly friends. A person suffering from severe depression can stay locked in his house for months and even years at a time. To break the hold that depression has on him, he needs to take steps to change his environment. Continue reading

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Bob Newhart….STOP IT!!!!

This post was written by David Powlison and original source can be found HERE.

The following video is Bob Newhart’s spoof of a counseling moment. It is a sheer delight. I trust you will heartily enjoy the fictional Dr. Switzer’s interplay with the fictional Katherine Bigman, and will forward it to all your friends. It is, of course, a takeoff on the “Dr. Phil,” “Dr. Laura,” cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) that so dominates the American psychotherapy world.

Newhart’s wit also creates a perfect foil for understanding the contrast between what our world offers and the riches of biblical counseling. Here are a half dozen contrasts: Continue reading

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The Master Plan of Evangelism

If the church added 1,000 people each day it would eventually reach the entire world in 11,000 yrs. but if the church multiplied 1 disciple each year it would win the world in 33 yrs. This reality is one of the reasons why Robert Coleman’s book  The Master Plan of Evangelism  is so important. Below is a brief summary and evaluation.

Summary

In this book Robert Coleman argues that Jesus used his limited time to invest deeply in a few men in order to reach the rest of the world. Coleman summarizes the ministry plan of Christ with eight principles.

1) First, the principle of selection focuses on choosing a small group of people to disciple so that the group is more personal and there is greater the opportunity for effective instruction.

2) The second principle is called association. It is centered on daily and constant discipleship for new or immature believers to grow in their faith. Continue reading

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Seek to Show Hospitality

The following is my notes of Garrett Kell’s Sunday Evening Sermon at Capitol Hill Baptist Church on May 27, 2012

In a mission trip to Peru I experienced true, biblical hospitality. It was wonderful to experience this.

For some hospitality is overwhelming because it means we open our lives and that costs us something. Many of us want to be holy hermits.

But what does God’s word say about hospitality?

1. Definition of Hospitality

How would you define it?

The biblical word is very literally translated as a love toward strangers. It is a gospel centered posture of the heart.

Here is my definition:

It is a spirit of service and practical generosity that shows the love of Christ to others. Continue reading

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Kevin Deyoung’s T4G 2012 Message

Spirit-Powered, Gospel-Driven, Faith-Fueled Effort

We must strive for personal, progressive holiness because without which we will not see the Lord!

“If there is not at least a desire and fight for holiness then one should question if they are saved.” (Jerry Bridges)

This sermon is not about why, but about how we grow in holiness.

What will give our people? Legalism? Liscence? Platitudes?

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. (1 Corinthians 15:10)

Two things we must believe and understand about holiness: We must work hard. God must work in you.

What do these saying mean? We have so many Christian sayings about growing in holiness that we do not know what they really mean. So what does these sayings mean: Continue reading

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