How To Engage LGBT People (1 Thessalonians 4:1-8)Phillip Stuckey, December 8, 2019
Part of the Prepared To Make A Defense series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Homosexuality, sexual identity, and sexual orientation continue to be a major issue in America’s culture wars. Several polls and studies over the past few years estimate that around 4.5% of adults in America identify themselves as LGBT people. Most of us probably know someone at work, school, or possibly even a family member who identifies themselves as an LGBT person. There may even be brethren here among us who are struggling with this issue in some way. How does the gospel address this issue and how can we as Jesus’ disciples engage with LGBT people to help them come to Christ?
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1 Thessalonians 4:1–8 (Listen)
4:1 Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. 2 For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, 5 not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. 7 For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. 8 Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.