Sunday, June 14, 2009

You will never believe what church was about today...

We talked about being in a world where there are homosexuals.
And we talked about how we, as a church, deal with it.

I don't think we are doing well with it.

It made me sad.
I realized that there are many hurting and lost people
in our communities.
I don't really reach out to them-
it makes me uncomfortable.
We read 1 Corintians 6:9-11.
Here are some things we learned:
We are all sinners in need of a Savior.
Homosexual sin is not singled out.
The church is to welcome ALL sinners.
Comittment to Christ changes us radically.
We must live out our new life in Christ.
I am posting this today because I think this message is
Radical, but also simple.
Definitely necessary for Christians.
We need to look up to Jesus
and not down on others.
I don't usually talk about things like this on the blog.
It just seemed so important to share this today.
If you would like to listen to the sermon,
just click here.
Very powerful.
And if you are hurting,
or were hurt because of a church-
I hope you will go again.
Jesus love never changes.


Nori D said...

I agree with all you said, and as you, I feel so hurt that that the church is teaching us to judge and to exclude others because of the choices they make. Jesus was not about that.

Trudy said...

Thanks for posting this Rebeckah! I think this is important too. It is an uncomfortable thing...we have talked about it at our church before too. Our pastor claims he likes to make us uncomfortable, LOL! We can't effect change if we don't get out of our little bubbles! This was wonderful...I plan to come back later and listen to the sermon too.

Have a blessed day in our Lord!

Grandma J said...

Your posts are always so powerful. Jesus loves us all unconditionally. I work on my own salvation every day.

Kristin said...

You are so right....the church should be where all people can feel comfortable....if it isn't, then it isn't doing what Jesus intended for the church to be.

Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day! Hope you have a great week!

drewmark19 said...

I think that's the hardest thing...being accepting of the sinner but not the sin. Sometimes churches are all about accepting both, and other churches are about accepting neither. The challenge is how to make sinners welcome in a church (because, let's face it, we're all sinners), but not give the impression that everything is okay to do. Jordyn just woke up from her nap, but I hope to be able to listen to the sermon some time today. I'm sure it will be challenging and thought-provoking.

P.S. In answer to your question, summer vacation is awesome! :)

mimi said...

I'm glad you share this R.!!

It's hard posting uncomfortable subjects isn't it?? You are awesome girlfriend :) Hope K's next 3 days are can do it!!

Karen Deborah said...

Love the sinner but not sin, of any type. The problem is the world is wanting to say that this lifestyle should be sanctioned, and God says differently. Jesus taught very plainly. There will be judgment better to be forgiven now then judged then. I didn't write the book but I believe it.

We are saved by grace and not of ourselves it is the free gift of God lest any man should boast.

If we say we have no sin then the truth is not in us.

If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead then you WILL be saved.

the thief next to Jesus on the cross just said, "remember me."

Martha in PA said...

One of the things that drew me to Branch when I attended there before moving to FL was the powerful teachings of Pastor Craig, and their acceptance of those who other churches were less accepting of!

I attended a DivorceCare seminar there before joining. I will listen to this teaching. (My good friend Leslie K. still attends Branch!) I am undecided what I am going to do!

Stop by my blog, I have a SURPRISE for you!

Marilyn said...

How true. Judge not. Thanks for such a meaningful post.

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

I am glad you posted this, and we all have more important things to do than worry about who loves whom!

Busy Bee Suz said...

We were all created in the eye of the lord....we are all equal.

ness said...

I'm probably going to listen to that sermon. It's certainly not as easy a topic as we wish it was, huh?

Robb attended Biblical seminary which must not be far from where you are, did you know that? (I checked out the church website and it's a really good one!)

Kate in NJ said...

There is so much truth in that.

Jenny said...

Thanks for sharing this. We are all God's children and it is only him who can judge us.

He And Me + 3 said...

Thank you for sharing this.

Eyeglasses & Endzones said...

I love what you had to say it is a wonderful reminder of Gods Love and Mercy.

Great Post Me Lady!!!

Jason, as himself said...

I truly appreciate a church that preaches love and non-judgement, and opens its doors to all. Yes, we all sin. We all do things that we shouldn't do, we all do things that we regret. All the time.

But my dear, lovely, sweet friend Rebeckah. I do not believe that my sexuality is a sin. Do you believe that your sexuality is a sin? I am a fully monogomous, married man. Married to another man. And I refuse to believe that my feelings of love for him is a sin in the eyes of God.

Yes, we are all sinners. I on occasion speak ill of others. I am often selfish in my decisions and with my time. I spend more money on myself and my family than I should....and there are many people out there in the world starving to death while I have such abundance. There have been times in my life that I have lied, even cheated. I am ashamed of all of these things.

But I am not ashamed of the feelings that God gave to me and the uncomparable happiness that I have found since I accepted myself as myself, and stopped trying to be who I am not.

It is not my intention to antagonize anyone. I just hope to help people see things from a slightly different perspective.

Alicia said...

Thank you for sharing this too, Rebekah.

Totally agree w/ Drewmark.

We shouldn't be comfortable in our sin. Church isn't always about making you feel good. Gods word is powerful, and it convicts! His word can pierce the hardest of hearts! But, He is a loving and gracious God!

Not one sin is greater than the other, but the point is, are we still continuing in that sin, or have repented of it.

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Good post. We are not the judge. It's all I can do to put up with my own sins!

jennykate77 said...

Isnt' that great that HIS love never changes...He always remains the same. That's where I find my peace when things are out of control and I don't have the answers. I love what you said about we should "look up to Jesus and not down to others." That is so simple, yet powerful. We, as Christians, should do as Christ did/does and love people...not the sin, but the person.

Thanks for posting.

Love you!

the BLAH BLAH BLAHger said...

What a great way of sharing the TRUTH without being harsh or judgemental. Great way of tackling a sensitive topic.