Life on Mission 2018
The Gospel and Sexuality: Faithful and Compassionate Witness
Few subjects dominate the cultural landscape in America as thoroughly as sexuality and gender. From entertainment to politics to education, LGBTQ+ concerns have captured the hearts and minds of the public. Most of us have friends, neighbors, colleagues, classmates, or family members who identify as gay (perhaps we too are same-sex attracted). So pervasive is the acceptance and celebration of homosexuality and transgenderism, that any disagreement or hesitancy is often dismissed as bigotry, homophobia, and hate. And so when it comes to sharing the gospel of Christ with other people in our lives, a biblical sexual ethic now feels like a liability. Being on the ‘wrong side’ of this one issue threatens to discredit our views on any issue, not least the gospel. In fact, it is now virtually impossible to discuss Jesus with someone without the topic of gender or homosexuality finding its way into the conversation—often with undesirable results. So what does gospel ministry look like in this new world? How do we love our gay neighbors? How do we hold fast to Scripture and hold out the gospel message without being a jerk? How do we maintain a faithful and compassionate witness as we seek to reach our friends and family for Christ?
Join Christopher Yuan and Rachel Gilson as they share from Scripture and out of their own stories of redemption to help us cultivate a faithful and compassionate gospel witness in our day.