Homosexuality is such a hot topic in society. It is so important that as Jesus followers we both know what the Bible says about this and that we are able to engage graciously with others who may be gay or when talking about homosexuality. When we see how Jesus engaged with people, He chose to lovingly find a point of connection with them. He never compromised the Bible’s standard but His approach was not judgemental and condemning. As a Christian community we need to find both our voice and tone which allows us to realise our own brokenness and not have a superior attitude to others, but engage with love and meaning.
Read Romans 1:18 – 2:4. To help get a good understanding of the passage, try to describe what is happening or being said in your own words. Take a moment to reflect and note down what stands out as important, significant or meaningful to you. What does this passage tell us about God? What does this passage tell us about people? How does this passage change how we live?
1. Is temptation a sin? How do we deal with the temptations that come our way everyday?
2. Do we ‘grade’ sin? Are some sins worse than others? Is there any difference in God’s eyes? (Romans 3:23)
3. Read Matthew 19:4-6. Jesus did not specifically teach on homosexuality, but He did reaffirm the unified position of the Bible on marriage as between one man and one woman.
4. Read Matthew 7:1-5. Why is it often easier for us to see the sin in others, but not recognise our own areas of failure?
5. Read John 8:1-8. How did Jesus interact with those who were living in a way that was contrary to the standards of his teaching? What can we learn from this?
6. What does it mean for us to find a grace tone? What might this look like practically?
This week prayerfully find a way that you can be a grace-filled influence in your sphere of contact, with a tone that is reflective of God’s love for all humanity. Take time just now to pray for our church, our city and our nation as we engage with our broader community on this topic.