How do you speak the Gospel well to someone who...

How do you speak the Gospel well to someone who is homo/bisexual?

1. First, to respond well on any topic that the Bible calls “sin” (i.e. lust, lying, murder, sexual immorality etc.) it is helpful to know and understand: “Does the Bible talk specifically about that issue and if so what does it say?” There are some topics the Bible does not speak to specifically such as: masturbation, kissing, petting etc. So we need to think through what God says and how we should respond to those sin topics God addresses directly and those He does not speak to specifically.

2.  Homosexuality is specifically spoken about in both the Old and the New Testament. In your ESV Study Bible reference section, pages 2547-2550, there are clear biblical instructions with regard to Biblical Ethics on this matter. This section includes many of the key biblical reference points and explanations taken from Biblical scriptures starting with Genesis 1-2, Exodus, Leviticus, and on into the New Testament books of Matthew, Romans and James.

3. On page 2549 in the ESV Study Bible, is a section entitled: The Bible’s Solution regarding Homosexuality. If you study these helpful resources and look up the Bible verses along with the commentaries provided you will find many helps and guidelines to assist you in understanding this very important topic.

4. As you study, you should always pray and ask Jesus and the Holy Spirit to guide your study and learning. You can use your journal to record some of your Bible reading and your prayers regarding this topic. In addition we encourage you to go to the back of your journal and write your “thoughts to God” about this topic and your willingness to be available to the Lord should He lead you into opportunities for conversations with others. Remember, the Holy Spirit will remind you of what to say, assist you and give you strength. Also it is important to remember that God is the One who will bring conviction to the hearts of the “lost” by the working of the Holy Spirit. It is not our job to bring conviction. It is our responsibility to bring the truth of God’s Word to the unbeliever in love and humility. God will do the work in the person’s heart. Our job is to be faithful to Christ and in what the Scriptures instruct. John 14:25-27; 15:16, 26-27; 16:7-14.

5. Last thought: In your ESV Study notes, pages 2501-2503, there is an important section on the Gospel. It provides an overview of: Creation, Rebellion, Redemption and Consummation (or God’s rescuing and restoring work).  Following this overview you will find a section called: Filling in the details. This area expands on the overview with the topics of God, Man, Jesus Christ and Response. Here is God’s plan to save people from their sins and to bring them to Himself. Remember, speaking about the Gospel and what God had done through Jesus on our behalf can be “less heated” than a discussion about a particular sin. So keep this in mind, the foundation for your conversations on any particular sin, should be the Gospel of Jesus. Depend on Jesus to help you, pray often for guidance and remember that you are not alone. The Holy Spirit is in you and will remind you of what Jesus has said.

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