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Sermon 05-24-15: “Honor God with Your Bodies, Part 2”

June 2, 2015

1 Corinthians sermon series graphic

This is the second of two sermons I preached on the issue that threatens to split our denomination in half: homosexuality. (Click here to read or listen to the first sermon.) In this sermon, I use Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 6 to refute the most common arguments used by opponents of the church’s stance. From my perspective, there is no room for compromise.

Sermon Text: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

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The following is my original sermon manuscript.

Last week, the Connectional Table, an official council of the United Methodist Church that includes twelve bishops, approved a petition that they will submit to General Conference next year, which, if approved by General Conference, would change our denomination’s stance on homosexuality. Their proposal redefines marriage as between not a man and woman but between two people.

I oppose the plan; in fact I don’t know anyone on my side who supports it. And maybe it won’t pass anyway. But as we look ahead to next year’s General Conference, as our United Methodist Church decides what to do about this most controversial issue that risks splitting our denomination apart, we can expect to hear more rumblings for change, and feel more cultural pressure to change. Read the rest of this entry »