Bridge of Grace and Truth Principles of Support

These principles of support represent what we are striving for, our touchstones and aspirations, as we journey to come to a full Biblical understanding of LGBT+. This is our belief system regarding universal, necessary truths of scripture that guide and strengthen our feelings, thoughts, and behaviors when life brings us this particular challenge.

 

1. We will see all individuals, including ourselves, as God’s very much loved, unique creation, yet broken/distorted by the presence of sin in each of us, and in our world, and are very thankful for Christ’s work of redemption offered to all. 1 John 4:10

2. We don’t have all the answers, we don’t even know all the questions. But we know Christ does and desires to show us the way.
1 Peter 1:15-16, Proverbs 3:5-6

3. We aim to grow in our ability to love and treat each other as Jesus loves and treats us: in a perfect blend of both Grace and Truth.
John 1:14,17; Phil 1:9-11

4. We find strength and understanding in sharing our journeys and listening to the journeys of others. Gal 6:2

5. We reject stigma in ourselves and others and acknowledge that ridding ourselves of prejudice is a process, not an event. We affirm the value and dignity of every person, thankful that Jesus unites us as “one people”. James 4:12, Eph 2:14

6. We won’t consider anyone’s pain to be less than our own. Phil 2:30

7. As God forgives us, we forgive ourselves and others, and reject guilt. Matt 6:12-15

8. We are not here to debate. We acknowledge our differences and share in a non-confrontational manner.
2 Tim 2:23, James 1:19, Eph 4:1-3

9. We accept we cannot resolve all problems and disagreements, or change other people, and so place them in God’s hands.
1 Sam 16:7, Romans 8:26

10. We expect a better future in a realistic way. Romans 8:28, Eph 3:14-21, Phil 4:6-7

11. God never gives up on us, so we will never give up hope for ourselves and others. Romans 15:13; 8:31-39, Eph 3:14-21

12. The personal information we hear at our meetings, stay at our meetings. We share in confidence that what we say will go no further. Proverbs 11:13

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