Elephant In The Church: Homosexuality


Sermon Notes & Group Questions

Genesis 3:1 – “Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 

Genesis 3:4-5 – “But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 

The commandments of God are not given to rob me of joy, but to lead me into the fullness joy.” –Matt Chandler

Romans 1:18-20 – “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse...”

Romans 1:21-23 – “For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.”

How Does The Fracture Of Sin Play Out In Our Culture?

  1. People believe they are smarter than God
  2. People prefer created things over the Creator

Romans 1:21-25 “Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.”

Romans 1:26-27 – “For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.”

Arguments From Culture To Support Homosexuality

  1. It’s not hurting anyone
  2. If we are all sinners then who are we to judge one another.
    • Repentance – a change of mind that is so powerful that it changes the direction in which you were going.    
  3. Jesus never spoke about homosexuality.

Matthew 15:18-19 – “But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.”


  1. It’s in nature, so it must be natural for humans.
  2. Homosexuality in the Bible is different from homosexuality today.
  3. If I desire it, it must be ok.

What Should Our Response Be To Homosexuality?

Christ Followers

  • Love and patience
  • Hold to truth in love

Homosexuality is a sin, but not ranked above other sins.

Marriage = One man + one woman + God = a lifetime

Not a civil rights issue:

  • BLESS

Christian that struggles with same-sex attraction.

  • Humble yourself
  • Rely on God for strength

“If you belong to God, it is not God’s nature to put you in a situation where you can’t win.” Matt Chandler

  • Turn your affections towards Jesus Christ
  • Make war against your sin.
  • Stay in community with other believers

Can a homosexual truly be saved?

YES!

http://Livehope.org

Pastor Matt Chandler said, “The commandments of God are not given to rob me of joy, but to lead me into the fullness joy.” What do you think that means, and do you agree with it?

Read Romans 1:18-20

What do you think these verses say about God’s pursuit of a relationship with us? How do you think most people respond to that pursuit?

Read Romans 1:21-23

These verses are describing idolatry (exchanging God for something that isn’t God). Why do you think people are quick to try to replace what God is to them?

Read Romans 1:24 and 25

What do you think it means to worship the creature rather than the Creator? What do these verses reveal about God’s response to it?

Read Romans 1:26-32

These verses describe what happens when we choose not to listen and obey God in his love and pursuit of us. All kinds of choices contrary to God’s original design emerge and even dominate our minds and lives. Do you find a key reason for this in these verses? If so, what do you think it is?

For those around us who have embraced a lifestyle that is contrary to the way we believe God would have us live in worship toward him (whatever that life may entail), how does God’s pursuit of a loving relationship with us teach us to respond to them?

We’ve talked a lot over the last couple years about how to be a BLESSing to those we want to extend the love of God to. (Bless is: Begin with prayer, Listen, Eat, Serve and Share.) Is there a friend or family member you are BLESSing right now? If so (and appropriate) share about your ministry to them with the group.

If you, or someone you care about would like further reading or resources to understand the complex issues involving same sex relationships, visit Livehope.org. You can also email the West Ridge staff at care@westridge.com.

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