This might be the most challenging sermon I have ever preached. This weekend we conclude our Glad You Asked sermon series. You asked that we address how Christians should support those who have differing views on sexuality. So we will be discussing what the Bible says about LGBTQ issues.
There are a number of reasons this sermon will be so challenging:
- There is a wide variety of perspectives on this topic.
- Our current culture doesn’t seem to be able to discuss and debate nuanced opinions.
- There are gay people and their friends and family who want to know what it means to follow Jesus and be same-sex attracted.
I have tried to read and research as much as I could on this topic, so that I could accurately understand and portray opinions on all sides. That being said, I assume many people will struggle to hear all perspectives of this debate. Nevertheless, it is my prayer that I might speak God’s Word accurately and truthfully in love for all people.
Would you pray for me as I prepare for this message? Would you pray for all those who might hear this message? And would you pray for all those who struggle on all sides of the LGBTQ debate?
CURRENT SERIES: gLAD YOU ASKED
ICYMI – Pastor Bill continued the series with a message about how Christian values and politics interact. To answer the most common questions about this topic, we took a look at what Jesus says and does when faced with questions about allegiance and government. We learned that division is the enemy of the church and that is why Jesus prays for unity in John 17. We can all disagree politically but we can still love unconditionally. Love as Jesus has loved! To read and watch the message, click here.
Coming Up This Weekend – Pastor Ben continues the series with a message about how to support people with different views on sexuality. To answer the most common questions about this topic, we’ll look at Paul’s words in the book of 1 Corinthians. This will guide us to understand sexuality as God intends it, as well as what it looks like for Christians to interact with people who have definitions of sexuality that differ from God’s. You can join in on Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am at Victory, on our live stream site, or our YouTube channel.
Blood Drive – We are excited to continue our partnership with Versiti. We will be hosting our next blood drive on July 27 from 2:30-6:30pm at the ministry center. You can click here to learn more and to sign up. Just one donation could save 3 lives!
Mentoring at Victory: Having a mentor is an essential part of life. A Christian mentor is someone to trains, leads, and guides you through life’s transitions, praying for you and helping you grow in faith along the way. Men’s and Women’s Mentoring kick off will be August 6 at 10am (WOMEN) and August 7 at 6:30pm (MEN)! Learn more about mentoring, see what participants are saying about the program, and register for the vision casting meetings by clicking here.
Life Group Leader Kickoff: Life Groups are a great way to get connected, build meaningful friendships, and find support. At Victory, we aim to offer a wide variety of Life Groups to meet you where you are at based on your needs and interests. Have you ever thought about leading a Life Group? Join us on August 14 at 6:30pm at the Ministry Center for our Life Group Leader Kickoff. You will learn how to lead a group and you will have the opportunity to brainstorm ideas for the group you want to create!
New Staff: We are excited to install Michael Babler, our new Director of Online and Digital Ministry, at both services this Sunday. If you see Michael, be sure to say hello! Victory continues to grow and we are so blessed to have Michael as part of the Victory team.
Community Concert: Victory held our annual Community Concert with The Playlist on July 16. It was an amazing and fun-filled event. We had almost 400 Victory members/regular attenders and community members join us. We are so thankful we are able to support our community by hosting fun, family-friendly events like the Community Concert. A huge thank you to all of the staff and volunteers that made this event such a success!