At ACC we have been very intentional about developing a culture where it is safe to ask questions. Any question. Without judgment.
God is not afraid of our questions. He does not call us to deny our intellect in order to embrace faith.
Asking questions is a great way to learn. We believe the only stupid question is the one not asked.
Therefore the month of January our Sunday teaching series is NO STUPID QUESTIONS. We have solicited many questions directly from our congregation. Yesterday in our worship services we did Pastors on the Hot Seat – Pastors Chris, Scott, and myself spent 30 minutes answering questions. We didn’t have nearly enough time to answer all the questions received so what remains will be answered through our blog – new posts each Monday and Friday. I hope you’ll check in here throughout this month.
Here are the 2 questions for today:
How can I influence my gay friend towards God?
Basically by the same way you’d influence any of your friends toward God: be a great friend to them, pray for them, and speak loving truth into their life as God gives you opportunity.
Unfortunately the gay community feels a lot of hostility and alienation toward biblical Christianity – to a large extent due to insensitive, thoughtless and downright mean comments and attitudes by supposed Christians. You will need to help break down those walls by being a person of grace and love to them.
Everyone has sin problems. Our focus is not to be their sin but on Christ who loved them enough to die for them – to bring wholeness and forgiveness. We are all sinners in desperate need of his mercy and grace
Is it possible to lose your salvation?
I believe the bible teaches that eternal life lasts – for how long? ETERNALLY. If a person supposedly had eternal life and then did not have eternal life – was that life eternal? Obviously no!
Just as it is not our job to earn our salvation – it is a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8-9), so it is not our job to then keep our salvation. We are no more capable of securing our salvation than we are of earning it in the first place.
Check out just a few key Scripture passages:
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” John 10:27-29
That is double protection – safely in the hands of the Father and the Son.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39
Pretty all-inclusive – you cannot think of a force able to pull you away from God.
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Ephesians 4:30
The moment we cross the line of faith the Holy Spirit takes up residence within us. One of his many ministries to us is to seal us. That is the idea of guarding, assuring, and protecting. But, for how long? Until we sin? Then he abandons us? No – until the day of redemption! Until that day we are safely home in heaven.