What would Bible study be like if the church was seeking to present the Gospel to LGBT people? When we Christians discuss homosexuality amongst ourselves the tendency is to focus on about six verses of the Bible. While dealing with those verses is important, it is essential, if we are to be true to our evangelical tradition, to see them in context, and to bring the Bible as a whole into our thinking taking into account the great Biblical themes of love, justice, inclusion, forgiveness, redemption and grace.
Our commission is (to quote our Lord) “to make disciples of all people, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you”. Surely we should be introducing lgbt people to Jesus – the person who helps us make sense of it all, and be focussing on what Jesus commands us to do as recorded in the Gospels.
Martin Stears-Handscomb, Co-Chair of Accepting Evangelicals