3 Things You Need To Know!
I have been getting a lot of questions from people inside and outside of our church about the upcoming series 50 Shades of Gray: The Black and White on Sexual Issues. I want to try and answer any questions you have but also equip you to answer the questions that you are going to get if you haven’t already. Hear is a few things we need to keep in mind as we approach the start of this series in 10 days.
I encourage you, and ask you to encourage others, to listen or watch the current series before the start of the 50 Shades of Gray series. (On a side note, we know that the character in the book spells his name “Grey” not “Gray” but we aren’t going to be talking about the book we are going to be talking about scripture.) The current series is called You Can’t Tell Me What To Do and deals with God’s authority in our lives. It looks at how God should be and deserves to be the King of our lives having ultimate authority. This past week we looked at the authority of the Word of God, the Bible. As God’s Word, it should have the final say in our lives. It teaches, rebukes, corrects, and trains us for our good and for His glory. This week we will be looking at the authority of the church and how God uses authority in His church to renew the face of the earth.
Why is this important? Because until God, His Word, and His church have the proper place of authority in our lives nothing read in the scripture or expounded upon in the message will carry weight. The Bible says that we are blessed when we hear the Word and do what it says. We won’t do what it says until it is viewed as the only option for living.
Why did we pick the four topics of pornography, homosexuality, abortion, and sex? Honestly, these are the ones that God put on my heart. But as I look at them it seems to make sense. I think it would be difficult to find four more hotly debated and, as far as the church is concerned, poorly handled topics in our culture. My heart is simply to provide biblical answers and shine the Good News of Jesus on each of these topics.
I ask you, and would like for you to do the same with others, not to judge the series before it starts. I completely understand why anyone would. For one thing, people don’t trust the church. That too is understandable. The second reason is that each of these topics typically instigate hate not love, division not unity. I would ask you to hear the heart behind the messages before making your judgment about them. We will not judge nor condemn anyone, that’s never been the purpose of the church or Connection Church. It’s not our job to judge and condemn. Our job is to present the heart of God found in scripture as clearly as we can and with the power of the Holy Spirit.
I hope those three things will help answer questions that you or others may have. My prayer is that this series will lead people to the amazing grace of Jesus Christ. If there’s ever been a time that we need to take our core values seriously and invest, invite, serve, and encourage others it is NOW! Let’s step up and be the Church to this community.
Heart and Soul!