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Foundations

Discover what Grace Church believes about LGBT+ and why.

Journey of Hope

Find care ​and understanding in your quest to discover God’s plan for your life, including your sexuality.

Faithful Journey

Receive encouragement, insight and guidance as one who loves a person who is LGBT+.

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Foundations: Discover what Grace Church believes about LGBT+ and why.

What Grace Church Believes and Why

Christian & Missionary Alliance’ Stance on Human Sexuality The official statement of The Christian and Missionary Alliance

What the Bible Says About Same-Gender Sexual Intimacy The sole sexualized relationship that is upheld by the Bible is one man and one woman within marriage.

What The Bible Says About Grace The grace of God is for any and all peoples, regardless of their fallen condition.

Grace Church’ Position on LGBT+ In today’s secular culture we feel it’s necessary to explain not only what we believe about LGBT+ matters but why we believe.

The Kind of Church We Aim To Be

Is Grace an “Affirming church”? 

In His Image: Delighting in God’s Plan for Gender and Sexuality This 2020 documentary is a critical and urgent message designed to equip the Church to answer culturally controversial questions about gender and sexuality from a biblical perspective. Every church in America is filled with hurting people asking these tough questions: Can you be gay and be a Christian? What if someone genuinely feels trapped in the wrong body? Did God make me this way? Is change even possible? This feature-length documentary presents much-needed truth with compassion and clarity through powerful personal testimonies, careful Bible teaching, and scientific evidence. The stories of several gay and trans individuals who discovered the transformative power of God to uncover and restore His image in their lives are evidence that God’s design and God’s way is the best way to true peace and fulfillment.

The biblically clear and culturally compelling message of this 90 minute documentary is conveyed in a compassionate and engaging way. It’s message is especially needed at a time when there is not only widespread confusion and unbiblical thinking in the culture but increasingly in the Church. We invite you to join the 200K people who have viewed In His Image, with the hope and prayer that God will use it in a powerful way in your life.

Finding Guy Finding Guy is a feature length documentary that follows the life and ministry of Guy Hammond, a same-sex attracted Canadian who started a global movement to help Christians understand homosexuality. The movie addresses the mishandling of this controversial and complicated topic by some Christian groups and seeks to offer a better approach based in love, hospitality, patience, and humility. Guy’s own personal story is woven through the movie, which also features portions of addresses he’s given to diverse audiences, explaining what the Bible really says about sexual ethics and the satisfaction that comes from following Jesus.

People to Be Loved: Homosexuality and Grace In this video, Preston Sprinkle challenges how we look at those living with SSA.

Sprinkle, Preston People to Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just an Issue
In a manner that appeals to a scholarly and lay-audience alike, Preston takes on difficult questions such as how should the church treat people struggling with same-sex attraction? Is same-sex attraction a product of biological or societal factors or both? How should the church think about larger cultural issues, such as gay marriage, gay pride, and whether intolerance over LGBT amounts to racism? How (or if) Christians should do business with LGBT persons and supportive companies?

Is Your Church a Safe Place for Those Who Experience Same-Sex Attraction?

Melissa Fisher, John Burke The Way of Hope: A Fresh Perspective on Sexual Identity, Same-Sex Marriage, and the Church With deep understanding born from her own painful experiences, Melissa Fisher shows that somewhere between the extremes of condemning and condoning is compassion. In this book, she aims to equip the church to make a positive difference in the lives of those hurting from relational or sexual brokenness. Perfect for pastors, parents, siblings, and friends of the ten million people in America who identify as LGBTQ, who long to love them well.

What Others with Similar Beliefs are Saying

There are many influencers in the Christian community with a history of LGBT+ who hold traditional biblical beliefs similar to Grace Church and The Christian and Missionary Alliance. Rather than listing their numerous books, podcasts and videos, we suggest you visit their websites to hear their stories, browse their resources and follow their links.

Gay + Lesbian:
Jackie Hill-Perry  jackiehillperry.com
Christopher Yuan  christopheryuan.com
Rosaria Butterfield rosariabutterfield.com
Becket Cook becketcook.com
Sam Allberry  samallberry.com
Guy Hammond  strengthinweakness.org
Rachel Gilson  rachelgilson.com
Gregory Coles  gregorycoles.com
Dennis Jernigan  dennisjernigan.com
Preston Sprinkle  prestonsprinkle.com
Janet Boynes janetboynesministries.com

Transgender:
Walt Heyer  waltheyer.com; sexchangeregret.com
Laura Perry  facebook.com/LauraPerryOK

Family Members:
Denise Shick help4families.org
Preston Sprinkle  prestonsprinkle.com
Bill Henson guidingfamilies.com
Caleb Kaltenbach  calebkaltenbach.com

Additional Resources:
The Gospel Coalition: How Can the Gospel Be Good News to Gays?
Yancy, Phillip What’s So Amazing About Grace? 
In this book, Yancey sets grace in the midst of life’s stark images, testing its mettle against horrific “ungrace” experiences such as the Nazi holocaust, the Ku Klux Klan and mass murderers. Grace does not excuse sin, says Yancey, but it treasures the sinner. It shakes our conventions with its insistence on getting close to sinners and touching them with mercy and hope. It forgives the unfaithful spouse, the racist, the child abuser. It loves today’s drug addict as much as the tax collector of Jesus’ day. In his most personal and provocative book ever, Yancey offers compelling, true portraits of grace’s life-changing power. He asks, How
can Christians contend graciously with moral issues that threaten all they hold dear?

Complementary Ministries

Center for Faith, Sexuality and Gender  (Preston Sprinkle)
Follow the journey of real people who have wrestled with their faith, sexuality or gender.

Christopher Yuan  and his parents have spoken at Grace Church and Cuyahoga Valley Church in recent years.  His website contains excerpts from excellent conferences and speaking engagements.  “I do not look to my sexuality for my identity.  I am a child of God. God does not call us to be heterosexual or homosexual; He calls us to be holy.”

Hope for Wholeness
The goal of the Hope for Wholeness website is to shed light on the complicated issues of sexual and relational brokenness with special expertise on homosexuality and transgenderism.

Lead Them Home Ministries  Loving LGBTQ Young People in the Church: This is the website of an excellent organization offering information and support including a series of podcasts.

The Marin Foundation This organization works to build bridges between the LGBT+ community and conservatives, through scientific research, biblical and social education, and diverse community gatherings.

Walls Down  – This website helps equip the Church to be competent caregivers and disciple-makers in the LGBT and SSA community.

Harvest USA

Hole in My Heart Ministries  – This ministry offers resources for people wrestling with issues of sexuality. Laurie Krieg and her husband Krieg write about how each of them have needed to submit their broken sexuality to the lordship of Jesus Christ in marriage, and how they have come alive as a result.

Journey of Hope: Care Community for LGBT+

 

Meets 2nd Saturday of each month at 10AM in Room 10

Pastor: Dennis Barta  dennis.barta@gracecma.org; 440.243.4885×117

Read our Principles of Support

Our goal as a group:

What is God’s desire for each of us as we move forward together in step with Jesus?
“It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict, God’s job to judge, our job to love.” – Billy Graham

Looking back – We as individuals and as a Church, have a history of getting our roles wrong. We have assumed roles that are not ours. Christ said “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35). We are painfully aware that we have fallen short in this, particularly toward LGBT+ people, and have often been more hateful, bigoted, homophobic than loving, open-hearted and welcoming. We regret as a church and as individuals the rift between us and seek forgiveness and reconciliation.

Looking forward – We are committed to extend love and care to all people. Our desire for LGBT+ people is the same as for ourselves and all people: Our purpose is to exalt Jesus Christ by making disciples who… Love Jesus, Grow with others and Serve the World. Our desire for each of us is to encounter Christ where we are and to walk more and more in step with him in all areas of our lives. We aim to work together to grow in faith, mutual trust and community as we each commit to:

Listen – with open hearts to understand the other person’s experience. By listening attentively to each other’s concerns we hope to establish the respect and trust necessary to open the door for each of us to share more deeply our experiences, hurts, hopes & desires. “Be quick to listen, slow to speak” (James 1:19).

Empathize – identifying with another person’s joys and pains even when our experiences are quite different. Growing in our ability to validate the experiences and convictions of others, even when they differ from our own.

Agree – find common ground. We will never agree on everything – whether personal, theological, political or social — but we are confident that we will continue to find more common ground than we ever imagined.

Partner – together, move forward in our journeys toward and with Christ as we commit ourselves to give loving support to each other, especially when it is really hard.

Share – the purpose, peace, hope and love that God reveals to us, with all who care to hear.

Our principles represent what we are striving for: our touchstones and aspirations as we journey to come to a full Biblical understanding and response to the range of sexual diversities present in our culture. 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

Testimonials from Journey of Hope Members

“Bridge of Grace and Truth has been a blessing to me. I feel I can come as I am and
receive love and acceptance. I have found resources and support to help me on my
journey with Jesus.” MS, Attender of Journey of Hope

“I was homosexual. I was in much darkness and much sin in so many ways. In Jesus Christ I became free indeed. I am continually being transformed to His likeness every day. I am forgiven. I came to Bridge of Grace and Truth about 3 years ago. I came to share story and offer hope. I came to talk of God’s grace, mercy and love for me. Jesus is now my love story.” DK, Attender of Journey of Hope

“I was gay all my life and even though I had a strong Christian upbringing I constantly justified my lifestyle. Less than a year ago God chased me down. In an instant I, to this day, cannot explain the Love that filled me and changed my life. But my family said to me; this is the result of your moms many years of praying for you. I have since then been attending Journey to Hope to share with others on this new journey. The encouragement and love this group has given me has been a weekly hug from God. These friends can relate to my past and help me grow; it is such a gift.”
PL, Attender of Journey of Hope

Through the pain and confusion of several broken gay relationships over many years, God was drawing me to follow Jesus as Lord and Savior. Finally, I was convinced that He was the one and only source of love that I wanted. Soon after I discovered the Bridge of Truth and Grace group and a new world opened up to me. Three years later, I am paying forward the invitation to bridge over into the light as a licensed professional counselor working on a possible specialty in LGBT+. This group is helping to change my life by providing understanding and support as I stretch daily toward our awesome creator! I’m grateful for this group to offset all of the lies and temptation of the secular world.
JP, Attender of Journey of Hope

Understanding Yourself and Who you Are In Christ

Sprinkle, Preston Living in a Gray World: A Christian Teen’s Guide to Understanding Homosexuality
As a Christian teen, there may seem to be few easy answers to the issues you regularly encounter. Can you be friends with someone who is gay? What if your sister is a lesbian, or you sometimes wonder if you might be as well? Does the Bible really say homosexuality is wrong? What does God want us to do and say? This book offers insight into these questions and more.

Personal Stories

There are many influencers in the Christian community with a history of LGBT+ who hold traditional biblical beliefs similar to Grace Church and The Christian and Missionary Alliance. Rather than listing their numerous books, podcasts and videos, we suggest you visit their websites to hear their stories, browse their resources and follow their links.

Gay and Lesbian:
Jackie Hill-Perry  jackiehillperry.com
Christopher Yuan  christopheryuan.com
Rosaria Butterfield rosariabutterfield.com
Becket Cook becketcook.com
Sam Allberry  samallberry.com
Guy Hammond  strengthinweakness.org
Rachel Gilson  rachelgilson.com
Gregory Coles  gregorycoles.com
Dennis Jernigan  dennisjernigan.com
Preston Sprinkle  prestonsprinkle.com
Janet Boynes janetboynesministries.com

For Transgender
Walt Heyer  waltheyer.com; sexchangeregret.com
Laura Perry  facebook.com/LauraPerryOK

Additional Resources
TranZformed – Finding Peace With Your God-Given Gender
In this feature-length documentary, fifteen ex-transgender individuals join with numerous experts to dispel the confusion and bear witness to what Jesus Christ can do for those who struggle with gender dysphoria.

Through My Eyes  – Christian young people who’ve experienced same-sex attraction speak about coming to Christ, their growing awareness of SSA, and their experience in the church.

“So I prayed. Oh. How. I. Prayed. ‘God, make me normal.’ ‘God, make me straight.’ ‘God, make me like everyone else.’
But God didn’t answer those prayers. Why?”

– Matt Moore, I Begged God to Make Me Straight and He Never Answered 

Faithful Journey: Receive encouragement, insight and guidance as one who loves a person who is LGBT+.

 

Support Community for Family & Friends meets 2nd Tuesday each month at 7 PM in Room 9

Leader: Marie Farrell  farrellmarie0@gmail.com 216-386 2153

Pastor: Dennis Barta dennis.barta@gracecma.org 440.243.4885×117

Read Our Principles Of Support

Our goal as a group:

What is God’s desire for each of us as we move forward together in step with Jesus?
“It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict, God’s job to judge, our job to love.” – Billy Graham

Looking back – We as individuals and as a Church, have a history of getting our roles wrong. We have assumed roles that are not ours. Christ said “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35). We are painfully aware that we have fallen short in this, particularly toward LGBT+ people, and have often been more hateful, bigoted, homophobic than loving, open-hearted and welcoming. We regret as a church and as individuals the rift between us and seek forgiveness and reconciliation.

Looking forward – We are committed to extend love and care to all people. Our desire for LGBT+ people is the same as for ourselves and all people: Our purpose is to exalt Jesus Christ by making disciples who… Love Jesus, Grow with others and Serve the World. Our desire for each of us is to encounter Christ where we are and to walk more and more in step with him in all areas of our lives. We aim to work together to grow in faith, mutual trust and community as we each commit to:

Listen – with open hearts to understand the other person’s experience. By listening attentively to each other’s concerns we hope to establish the respect and trust necessary to open the door for each of us to share more deeply our experiences, hurts, hopes & desires. “Be quick to listen, slow to speak” (James 1:19).

Empathize – identifying with another person’s joys and pains even when our experiences are quite different. Growing in our ability to validate the experiences and convictions of others, even when they differ from our own.

Agree – find common ground. We will never agree on everything – whether personal, theological, political or social — but we are confident that we will continue to find more common ground than we ever imagined.

Partner – together, move forward in our journeys toward and with Christ as we commit ourselves to give loving support to each other, especially when it is really hard.

Share – the purpose, peace, hope and love that God reveals to us, with all who care to hear.

Our principles represent what we are striving for: our touchstones and aspirations as we journey to come to a full Biblical understanding and response to the range of sexual diversities present in our culture. 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

Testimonials from Faithful Journey Community members

“We were looking for understanding and support from others who have similar experiences and desires that we have. We found that lifeline at Bridge of Grace and Truth. We are deeply thankful to God for a group that follows the Bible and supports so
well.” D&KM, Attenders of Faithful Journey Group

“The group has been invaluable because we have begun to better understand how we are to love well those who are following a path for which we have little understanding. Sharing our grief with others, listening and finding some understanding of the struggle, helps us to love as Jesus loved.” DR, Attender of Faithful Journey Group

“The group has taken our difficult family situation and has provided us a venue to share and discuss personal situations within a Christian environment. They have also provided resources that have helped guide us through the journey. They display love to all who attend.” K&KS, Attender of Faithful Journey Group

“It has always been good to be with others who share my story, but sharing with my dear friend, BB, was the highlight for me! Just to see the transformation of her life has given me hope for my daughter! Thanks for staying faithful!” JH, Attender of Faithful Journey Group

“Learning to love well. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. I especially like v.7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always persevere.” KS, Attender of Faithful Journey Group

Understanding Your Loved One and What They Need From You

Lead Them Home Ministries, Guiding Families of LGBT+ Loved Ones
“Guiding Families is, quite simply, the best resource I’ve ever read when it comes to navigating the often complex relationship between Christians and their LGBT+ loved one. This resource is short and accessible, and yet comes with years of experience from one of Christianity’s leading voices in the LGBT+ conversation. Whether you have an LGBT+ child, sibling, friend, neighbor, or co-worker, Guiding Families will help you love well without sacrificing your convictions.” – Preston Sprinkle, president of The Center for Faith, Sexuality & Gender

 

Geiger, Tim  What to Do When Your Child Says, “I’m Gay”
If your child said this, you are probably experiencing a combination of shock, denial, anger, confusion, and uncertainty. Despite your shock, you still want to respond well. What should you say? What questions should you ask? How do you move forward in your relationship? Geiger walks with readers through the ups and downs of dealing with your child’s revelation. With the wisdom and compassion of Scripture, he offers helpful advice for navigating the new complexities in our relationship with your child and hope for moving forward together.

Space at the Table  – In this video, Evangelical theologian Brad, and his gay son Drew tell their story.

Kaltenbach, Caleb Messy Grace: How a Pastor with Gay Parents Learned to Love Others Without Sacrificing Conviction
Caleb Kaltenbach was raised by LGBT parents, marched in gay pride parades as a youngster, and experienced firsthand the hatred and bitterness of some Christians toward his family. But then Caleb surprised everyone, including himself, by becoming a Christian…and a pastor.

Mobley, Ann If I Tell You I’m Gay, Will You Still Love Me?: One Mother’s Journey to Truth and Grace 
The shocking revelation that her son was gay threw Ann Mobley into a lonely, emotional tailspin and triggered a decision to hide the appalling discovery from family and friends. But as troubling questions continued to swirl in her mind, she launched a desperate search for personal and biblical answers. How did God see her son? Was homosexuality the worst of sins? How could her son be gay? And would his homosexual lifestyle tear them apart?

Roberts, Vaughan Talking Points: Transgender Author and speaker, Vaughan Roberts surveys the Christian worldview and seeks to apply these principles to the many complex questions surrounding gender identity in Transgender, a volume from the Talking Points series. This short book gives an overview and a starting point for constructive discussion as we seek to live in a world with different values, and love, serve and relate to transgender people.

Advice from Dr. Leon and Angela Yuan 

Christopher Yuan’s parents found they needed a paradigm shift in four areas:

• We are not the cause of our children’s faults.  Adam and Eve had the perfect father, and yet they still messed up!  God does not call us to raise Godly children, He calls us to be Godly parents.

• We are not the cure for our children’s problems. The father of the prodigal son did not pursue him in an attempt to fix him.  He waited expectantly for him to return when he was ready.

• Our children are not our own. They are God’s children who He entrusts to us.  Let Him handle them as they grow up and leave our home.  Our kids can become our idol.  Look first to God and be ready to lead them there also when they are ready.

• Love is: not enabling. We must each learn to face the consequences of our own choices and actions.  When we interfere with that process, we get in God’s way.  They spoke of Christopher and the hard road he traveled to the Lord.  They also spoke of his brother who has made “better choices” and looks like the “perfect son”, but has not found his real need for God.

What is Gender Dysphoria?  – In this video, Dr. Mark Yarhouse presents recent research on the topic of gender dysphoria for a helpful framework in the conversation of identity.

Advice from Dr. Leon and Angela Yuan

Christopher Yuan’s parents found they needed a paradigm shift in four areas:

• We are not the cause of our children’s faults.  Adam and Eve had the perfect father, and yet they still messed up!  God does not call us to raise Godly children, He calls us to be Godly parents.

• We are not the cure for our children’s problems. The father of the prodigal son did not pursue him in an attempt to fix him.  He waited expectantly for him to return when he was ready.

• Our children are not our own. They are God’s children who He entrusts to us.  Let Him handle them as they grow up and leave our home.  Our kids can become our idol.  Look first to God and be ready to lead them there also when they are ready.

• Love is: not enabling. We must each learn to face the consequences of our own choices and actions.  When we interfere with that process, we get in God’s way.  They spoke of Christopher and the hard road he traveled to the Lord.  They also spoke of his brother who has made “better choices” and looks like the “perfect son”, but has not found his real need for God.

When You Pray For Your Loved Ones

1. FOCUS ON GOD
Rather than focusing on any problems, consider Peter as he walked on the water. Matthew 14:22-23.
Worship God for who He is and thank Him for the perfect plan He has for this person.

2. ASK GOD TO ALLOW YOU TO SEE THIS PERSON THROUGH HIS LOVING EYES.
Consider the parables of the lost coin, the lost sheep, the lost son (Luke 15:1-24).
God does not look at the outside of a person, but at his heart (1 Samuel 16:7).

3. THANK GOD FOR ALL OF THIS PERSON’S POTENTIALS
Their abilities, skills, gifts and endearing qualitites – Everyone has some!

“For you formed my inward parts; you covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.  My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.” – Psalm 139:13-16

4. ASK GOD TO GIVE YOU A SPECIFIC PROMISE
A Scripture verse to claim in prayer for this person.

“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”
– John 1:5-7

5. ASK GOD TO BLOCK SATAN’S PLANS.  

“Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to ME, strengthen your brethren.”
– Luke 22:31-32

6. ASK GOD TO MAKE THIS PERSON OPEN AND RECEPTIVE TO GOD’S VOICE.  

“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their minds set on the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” – Romans 8:5-6

“Behold, I have been standing at the door and continually knocking….” – Revelation 3:20

7. ASK GOD TO USE ANY MEANS NECESSARY
to dissolve this person’s resistance to following the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought,
but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” – Romans 8:26

“The father prunes the branches so that they might produce good fruit.” –  John 15:1-4

8. ASK GOD TO BLESS THIS PERSON
in a specific way so that there will be no doubt in this person’s mind that the blessing is from God.

“But, as it is written, ‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.'”
– 1 Corinthians 2:9

9. ASK GOD TO MAKE YOU WILLING TO DO WHATEVER HE ASKS
you to do in the life of this person, even when it means doing nothing.

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with my eye.” – Psalm 32:8

Personal Stories

Gay and Lesbian:
Jackie Hill-Perry  jackiehillperry.com
Christopher Yuan  christopheryuan.com
Rosaria Butterfield rosariabutterfield.com
Becket Cook becketcook.com
Sam Allberry  samallberry.com
Guy Hammond  strengthinweakness.org
Rachel Gilson  rachelgilson.com
Gregory Coles  gregorycoles.com
Dennis Jernigan  dennisjernigan.com
Preston Sprinkle  prestonsprinkle.com
Janet Boynes janetboynesministries.com

Transgender:
Walt Heyer  waltheyer.com; sexchangeregret.com
Laura Perry   transgendertotransformed.com

Family Members:
Denise Shick help4families.org
Preston Sprinkle  prestonsprinkle.com
Bill Henson guidingfamilies.com
Caleb Kaltenbach  calebkaltenbach.com
Loved by Community: Steve & Marilyn’s Story
Not long after arriving at her apartment, one of her friends stopped by. We were friendly and talked freely with her, but during the conversation, listening and watching their reactions to each other, both my wife and I came away with a very disturbing feeling. After discussing our reactions on the drive home, we decided to call and ask some questions. Our daughter confirmed our suspicion: she was in a lesbian relationship.

Disclaimer: There are a growing number of books, websites and resources on the subject of sexuality claiming to be from a Christian perspective. Some align more closely with Grace Church’s Bible-based doctrine, beliefs and practices than others. We have also found that some resources are more helpful than others. As a result we have carefully selected the resources included in these pages. Inclusion in these pages, however, does not mean that we endorse or agree with everything in each resource.

Faithful Journey

Grace Church- Middleburg Heights Campus 7393 Pearl Rd, Middleburg Heights

This group is part of the Bridge of Grace and Truth ministry. The group is for those who love someone who is LGBT+. It meets monthly for the purpose of...

Faithful Journey

Grace Church- Middleburg Heights Campus 7393 Pearl Rd, Middleburg Heights

This group is part of the Bridge of Grace and Truth ministry. The group is for those who love someone who is LGBT+. It meets monthly for the purpose of...

Faithful Journey

Grace Church- Middleburg Heights Campus 7393 Pearl Rd, Middleburg Heights

This group is part of the Bridge of Grace and Truth ministry. The group is for those who love someone who is LGBT+. It meets monthly for the purpose of...

Faithful Journey

Grace Church- Middleburg Heights Campus 7393 Pearl Rd, Middleburg Heights

This group is part of the Bridge of Grace and Truth ministry. The group is for those who love someone who is LGBT+. It meets monthly for the purpose of...

Faithful Journey

Grace Church- Middleburg Heights Campus 7393 Pearl Rd, Middleburg Heights

This group is part of the Bridge of Grace and Truth ministry. The group is for those who love someone who is LGBT+. It meets monthly for the purpose of...

Faithful Journey

Grace Church- Middleburg Heights Campus 7393 Pearl Rd, Middleburg Heights

This group is part of the Bridge of Grace and Truth ministry. The group is for those who love someone who is LGBT+. It meets monthly for the purpose of...

Faithful Journey

Grace Church- Middleburg Heights Campus 7393 Pearl Rd, Middleburg Heights

This group is part of the Bridge of Grace and Truth ministry. The group is for those who love someone who is LGBT+. It meets monthly for the purpose of...

Faithful Journey

Grace Church- Middleburg Heights Campus 7393 Pearl Rd, Middleburg Heights

This group is part of the Bridge of Grace and Truth ministry. The group is for those who love someone who is LGBT+. It meets monthly for the purpose of...

Faithful Journey

Grace Church- Middleburg Heights Campus 7393 Pearl Rd, Middleburg Heights

This group is part of the Bridge of Grace and Truth ministry. The group is for those who love someone who is LGBT+. It meets monthly for the purpose of...

Faithful Journey

Grace Church- Middleburg Heights Campus 7393 Pearl Rd, Middleburg Heights

This group is part of the Bridge of Grace and Truth ministry. The group is for those who love someone who is LGBT+. It meets monthly for the purpose of...

Faithful Journey

Grace Church- Middleburg Heights Campus 7393 Pearl Rd, Middleburg Heights

This group is part of the Bridge of Grace and Truth ministry. The group is for those who love someone who is LGBT+. It meets monthly for the purpose of...

Faithful Journey

Grace Church- Middleburg Heights Campus 7393 Pearl Rd, Middleburg Heights

This group is part of the Bridge of Grace and Truth ministry. The group is for those who love someone who is LGBT+. It meets monthly for the purpose of...

Faithful Journey

Grace Church- Middleburg Heights Campus 7393 Pearl Rd, Middleburg Heights

This group is part of the Bridge of Grace and Truth ministry. The group is for those who love someone who is LGBT+. It meets monthly for the purpose of...

Faithful Journey

Grace Church- Middleburg Heights Campus 7393 Pearl Rd, Middleburg Heights

This group is part of the Bridge of Grace and Truth ministry. The group is for those who love someone who is LGBT+. It meets monthly for the purpose of...

Faithful Journey

Grace Church- Middleburg Heights Campus 7393 Pearl Rd, Middleburg Heights

This group is part of the Bridge of Grace and Truth ministry. The group is for those who love someone who is LGBT+. It meets monthly for the purpose of...