“Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for feeling
what it is like to live inside somebody else's skin. It's the
know...
Believing in Christ and Walking in Love
“A Christian culture dominated by believing the right things about Jesus too
often...
When We Love the Easiest to Ignore
Sunday, August 18, 13
When We Love the Easiest to Ignore
‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these [unexpected, tangible
lovi...
When We Love the Easiest to Ignore
‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these [unexpected, tangible
lovi...
A Reframed Discussion
Why has our church historically been reluctant to apply some of
the most fundamental doctrines evenl...
A Reframed Discussion
Why has our church historically been reluctant to apply some of
the most fundamental doctrines evenl...
A Reframed Discussion
Why has our church historically been reluctant to apply some of
the most fundamental doctrines evenl...
A Reframed Discussion
Why has our church historically been reluctant to apply some of
the most fundamental doctrines evenl...
A Reframed Discussion
Why has our church historically been reluctant to apply some of
the most fundamental doctrines evenl...
JOHN1512 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved
you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s ...
Jesus’ New Command
Sunday, August 18, 13
LOVE EACH OTHERJesus’ New Command Just like Jesus loves us!
Sunday, August 18, 13
LOVE EACH OTHERJesus’ New Command Just like Jesus loves us!
He sacrificed his life for his FRIENDS.
Sunday, August 18, 13
LOVE EACH OTHERJesus’ New Command Just like Jesus loves us!
He sacrificed his life for his FRIENDS.
His FRIENDS?
Sunday, Au...
LOVE EACH OTHERJesus’ New Command Just like Jesus loves us!
He sacrificed his life for his FRIENDS.
Know what matters most ...
LOVE EACH OTHERJesus’ New Command Just like Jesus loves us!
He sacrificed his life for his FRIENDS.
Know what matters most ...
LOVE EACH OTHERJesus’ New Command Just like Jesus loves us!
He sacrificed his life for his FRIENDS.
Know what matters most ...
LOVE EACH OTHERJesus’ New Command Just like Jesus loves us!
He sacrificed his life for his FRIENDS.
Know what matters most ...
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A Grateful and Mutually-submitting Faith Village
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  1. 1. “Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else's skin. It's the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too.” ― Frederick Buechner Sunday, August 18, 13
  2. 2. Believing in Christ and Walking in Love “A Christian culture dominated by believing the right things about Jesus too often forgets that believing in Christ and walking in love are inseparable... [F]ollowers of Jesus have too often forgotten that articulating a position on homosexuality does not in itself answer the questions: What does it mean for me to love my homosexual neighbor as myself? Here again I look to the traditionalists and beckon them to a more faithful embodiment of the gospel.” J. R. Daniel Kirk, Jesus Have I Loved, But Paul?, Baker Academic, 2011 (186) Sunday, August 18, 13
  3. 3. When We Love the Easiest to Ignore Sunday, August 18, 13
  4. 4. When We Love the Easiest to Ignore ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these [unexpected, tangible loving things] to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’ M A T T H E W 2 5 Sunday, August 18, 13
  5. 5. When We Love the Easiest to Ignore ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these [unexpected, tangible loving things] to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’ ‘Whenever you failed to do one of these things to someone who was being overlooked or ignored, that was me—you failed to do it to me.’ M A T T H E W 2 5 Sunday, August 18, 13
  6. 6. A Reframed Discussion Why has our church historically been reluctant to apply some of the most fundamental doctrines evenly to Christians who are LGBTQ and what would it look like if we did? Sunday, August 18, 13
  7. 7. A Reframed Discussion Why has our church historically been reluctant to apply some of the most fundamental doctrines evenly to Christians who are LGBTQ and what would it look like if we did? SIN Everyone is equally sinful and undeserving; we’re all rats in the same sinking, stinking boat. Sunday, August 18, 13
  8. 8. A Reframed Discussion Why has our church historically been reluctant to apply some of the most fundamental doctrines evenly to Christians who are LGBTQ and what would it look like if we did? HOLINESS The pursuit of holiness is a moving target, but matters to everyone who has chosen to follow Jesus. SIN Everyone is equally sinful and undeserving; we’re all rats in the same sinking, stinking boat. Sunday, August 18, 13
  9. 9. A Reframed Discussion Why has our church historically been reluctant to apply some of the most fundamental doctrines evenly to Christians who are LGBTQ and what would it look like if we did? HOLINESS The pursuit of holiness is a moving target, but matters to everyone who has chosen to follow Jesus. SIN Everyone is equally sinful and undeserving; we’re all rats in the same sinking, stinking boat. CHURCH Church should be a grateful, reconciled, mutually-submitting new family in Christ. Sunday, August 18, 13
  10. 10. A Reframed Discussion Why has our church historically been reluctant to apply some of the most fundamental doctrines evenly to Christians who are LGBTQ and what would it look like if we did? HOLINESS The pursuit of holiness is a moving target, but matters to everyone who has chosen to follow Jesus. SIN Everyone is equally sinful and undeserving; we’re all rats in the same sinking, stinking boat. CHURCH Church should be a grateful, reconciled, mutually-submitting new family in Christ. LO E The defining mark of every Christian is loving others in unexpected, uncomfortable ways. Sunday, August 18, 13
  11. 11. JOHN1512 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit— fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other. Sunday, August 18, 13
  12. 12. Jesus’ New Command Sunday, August 18, 13
  13. 13. LOVE EACH OTHERJesus’ New Command Just like Jesus loves us! Sunday, August 18, 13
  14. 14. LOVE EACH OTHERJesus’ New Command Just like Jesus loves us! He sacrificed his life for his FRIENDS. Sunday, August 18, 13
  15. 15. LOVE EACH OTHERJesus’ New Command Just like Jesus loves us! He sacrificed his life for his FRIENDS. His FRIENDS? Sunday, August 18, 13
  16. 16. LOVE EACH OTHERJesus’ New Command Just like Jesus loves us! He sacrificed his life for his FRIENDS. Know what matters most to Him.His FRIENDS? Sunday, August 18, 13
  17. 17. LOVE EACH OTHERJesus’ New Command Just like Jesus loves us! He sacrificed his life for his FRIENDS. Know what matters most to Him.His FRIENDS? Obey. Copy. Sunday, August 18, 13
  18. 18. LOVE EACH OTHERJesus’ New Command Just like Jesus loves us! He sacrificed his life for his FRIENDS. Know what matters most to Him.His FRIENDS? Obey. Copy. Chose us to go and bear LASTING FRUIT Sunday, August 18, 13
  19. 19. LOVE EACH OTHERJesus’ New Command Just like Jesus loves us! He sacrificed his life for his FRIENDS. Know what matters most to Him.His FRIENDS? Obey. Copy. Chose us to go and bear LASTING FRUIT Will give us whatever we need to do this. bonusSunday, August 18, 13
  20. 20. Love God Love People+ Sunday, August 18, 13
  21. 21. Love God Love People “We love BECAUSE He first loved us.” Daily experience of God’s unexpected, uncomfortable, unconditional LOVE + 1John419 Sunday, August 18, 13
  22. 22. Daily experience of God’s unexpected, uncomfortable, unconditional LOVE Love God Love People Sunday, August 18, 13
  23. 23. There must be a place where the salvation of the world can begin... Daily experience of God’s unexpected, uncomfortable, unconditional LOVE Love God Love People Steadfast Agenda evergreenLA Sunday, August 18, 13
  24. 24. A Grateful and Mutually-submitting Faith Village September thru November Diaconate Board Sunday, August 18, 13
  25. 25. A Grateful and Mutually-submitting Faith Village Code of Conduct September thru November Diaconate Board Sunday, August 18, 13
  26. 26. A Grateful and Mutually-submitting Faith Village Code of Conduct Shared Biblical Values September thru November Diaconate Board Sunday, August 18, 13
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