God’s Love for Gay People: Shepherding and Befriending the Same-Sex Attracted

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  God’s Love for Gay People: Shepherding and Befriending the Same-Sex Attracted. Imagine… What is same-sex attraction (SSA)? What are its origins? (King’s Speech, Muriel’s Wedding) What other problems manifest? (Exodus 6:9, Judges 17) What role do affections play? (Prov. 4:23, Psalm 34:18).
God’s Love for Gay People: Shepherding and Befriendingthe Same-Sex AttractedImagine… What is same-sex attraction (SSA)?What are its origins? (King’s Speech, Muriel’s Wedding)What other problems manifest? (Exodus 6:9, Judges 17)What role do affections play? (Prov. 4:23, Psalm 34:18)Where do you fit in? (Pastoral shepherd, friend, family)Where does church fit in (Psalm 68:5-6)?Patience, prayerfulness, involvement, consideration, preparation, and expecting the unexpectedBelieve it or not, this can help you too!Romans 12:15-16 (NKJV)–15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.Connect with your own brokenness in order to pastor to the wounds of others (v. 15);Empathise (v. 16a)- same mind, same heart;Don’t emotionally disengage and be lofty, but humble (v. 16b, Ps. 131:1, Elanor Rigby). Remember to keep yourself safe.The church with healing presencePreach and practice lament and include it in worship!Be a listener, not a problem solver.About Liberty Christian MinistriesWe provide: support, hope, and insight to Christians struggling with unwanted SSA;help to those with children, parents, family and others who are same-sex attracted or living the ‘gay’ lifestyle;resources such as articles, book reviews, and other information.Online: http://www.libertychristianministries.org.auEmail: lcmi@iinet.net.auPhone: 9818-8111What Liberty OffersTraining pastoral staff, preaching, testimony;One-to-one for those struggling;Support groups for those struggling with unwanted SSA;We run support groups for parents (two in Sydney);Other resources:QuestionsandCommentsKey Learning Points for those who struggle…Jer. 2:13, 17:9– people use broken cups because of sick heartsIsaiah 53, 61:1-7 – God is in the business of healing heartsJohn 5:39-40 – Knowing the Bible is not enoughMatt. 11:29-30, Heb. 12, Lament. 3 – God doesn’t remove struggle: He helps and uses it. He disciplines for us to return.Titus 2:11-14 – I have choices and am not a hapless victimJohn 4:1-25 – Jesus is the living water1 Corinth. 6:9-11 – some were once ‘gay’ Psalm 139:23-24 - God, tell me why I’m doing what I do!Revelation 21:6-7 – war against sin has a higher purpose Luke 15:11-32 – The gut-wrenching father heart of God
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