We started a new series called, “Pressure Points” in which we are dealing with areas of conflict between a Biblical worldview and today’s world.
I started off the series by preaching on the “Value of Life.” I wanted to share with you some resources that I found helpful in preparing my message. Of course, these are in addition to the Bible, but it’s important to remember that when preaching “hot topics” you need to start with the prevailing worldview and move into Scripture.
The following articles are by no way an exhaustive list. They are just a few of the many articles I used in my research.
Pro Abortion Articles
It’s important not to dismiss those who hold views either different or directly opposed to you. You do not build credibility by dismissing others points of view. Take time to truly understand the other side so you can intelligently speak to the issue. It took me time to learn this because in my early days reading views opposite to mine used to get me so frustrated I would way away from the book because I felt they didn’t have a leg to stand on.
When you begin to question their point of view and defend your own don’t gloss over tough issues. Be real, talk about where you struggled and be transparent.
Abortion – Hard Questions Real Answers (I leaned on this article to help craft my message – yes I did give credit)
Don’t Shy Away
Some people and some preachers are just made for controversy, they love being in the the midst of a battle. I’m not one of those people, however, to shy away from “hot topics” just because they could make me uncomfortable or make me unpopular would be wrong on many different levels. Our people are looking for us to address the tough issues because that where they live everyday. Let’s not let them down. Burying our heads in the sand and hoping things will change is not an option. Addressing an issue, explaining the Biblical point of view and equipping our people to engage our culture is a responsibility we shouldn’t take lightly.
“Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.” (1 Peter 3:15-16)
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