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God's Big Story: The Bible on Homosexuality

How should Christians view homosexuality within the Bible's larger gospel story?

Editor's Note: This sermon was originally part of a three-sermon series given by Jim Nicodem. (That's why you'll notice that this sermon ends rather abruptly.) Part 1 focused on how to view homosexuality within the context of God's larger biblical narrative. In the series' second message, Nicodem's sermon was a lengthy and honest interview with a Christian young man who deals with same-sex attraction as he strives to remain faithful to that larger biblical narrative. Nicodem wanted to put a very human, personal face on a controversial issue. In Part 3 Nicodem gave practical suggestions for how Christians can respond to the biblical narrative outlined in the first sermon. We are featuring only Part 1 to Nicodem's original series. Make sure you also check out our interview with Nicodem to learn more about why and how he preached this entire series.

Introduction

I've always wanted to learn how to play Mexican Train Dominoes (MTD). I watched some people playing it at a party. It looked fun and relatively mindless—which is what I like in a game—so I bought myself a set. I'm not a guy who likes to read the rules—so the game sat on the shelf for several months, because I didn't know how to play it.

Recently, however, my sister announced to me that she'd played MTD before, so we broke out the game with some other people. Well, I quickly learned that my sister was pretty foggy about some of the rules. Whenever I asked her if a certain move was legal—she would just shrug her shoulders, and we would do whatever. That was not a fun experience. It's hard to enjoy a game when there's so much ambiguity and confusion. So, the game has gone back on my shelf. It will ...

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Jim Nicodem is founder and pastor of Christ Community Church in St. Charles, Illinois.

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Sermon Outline:

Editor's Note: This sermon was originally part of a three-sermon series given by Jim Nicodem. (That's why you'll notice that this sermon ends rather abruptly.) Part 1 focused on how to view homosexuality within the context of God's larger biblical narrative. In the series' second message, Nicodem's sermon was a lengthy and honest interview with a Christian young man who deals with same-sex attraction as he strives to remain faithful to that larger biblical narrative. Nicodem wanted to put a very human, personal face on a controversial issue. In Part 3 Nicodem gave practical suggestions for how Christians can respond to the biblical narrative outlined in the first sermon. We are featuring only Part 1 to Nicodem's original series. Make sure you also check out our interview with Nicodem to learn more about why and how he preached this entire series.

Introduction

I. Four reasons for a series on homosexuality

II. Four common objections to the Bible

III. Creation

IV. Fall

Conclusion