Imagine… What is same-sex attraction (SSA)? Where does SSA come from? What other problems does it manifest? What role do affections play? (Prov. 4:23, Ps. 34:18)
Where does the pastoral shepherd fit in? Where does the church fit in (Psalm 68:5-6)? Patience, prayerfulness, involvement, consideration, preparation, and the unexpected Believe it or not, this can help you too!
Romans 12:15-16 (NKJV)–15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Connect with your own brokenness in order to pastor to the wounds of others (v. 15); Empathise (v. 16a)- same mind, same heart; Don’t emotionally disengage and be lofty, but humble (v. 16b, Ps. 131:1, Elanor Rigby). Remember to keep yourself safe.
The church with healing presence Preach and practice lament and include it in worship! Be a listener, not a problem solver.
About Liberty Christian Ministries We provide: support, hope, and insight to Christians struggling with unwanted SSA; help to those with children, parents, family and others who are same-sex attracted or living the ‘gay’ lifestyle; resources such as articles, book reviews, and other information. Online: http://www.libertychristianministries.org.au Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 9818-8111
What Liberty Offers Training pastoral staff, preaching, testimony; One-to-one for those struggling; Support groups for those struggling with unwanted SSA; We run support groups for parents (two in Sydney); Other resources:
Key Learning Points for those who struggle… Jer. 2:13, 17:9– broken cups and sick hearts Isaiah 53, 61:1-7 – God is in the business of healing hearts John 5:39-40 – Knowing the Bible is not enough Matt. 11:29-30, Heb. 12, Lament. 3 – God doesn’t remove struggle: He helps and uses it. He disciplines for us to return. Titus 2:11-14 – I have choices and am not a hapless victim John 4:1-25 – Jesus is the living water 1 Corinth. 6:9-11 – some were once ‘gay’ Psalm 139:23-24 - God, tell me why I’m doing what I do! Revelation 21:6-7 – war against sin has a higher purpose Luke 15:11-32 – The gut-wrenching father heart of God