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Despite the pervasiveness of sexual wounds within church congregations, the Church has sadly failed to minister to these men and women who suffer in silence. Those deeply affected by porn, abortion, rape, casual sex, a sexless marriage, same-sex attraction, or childhood sexual abuse sit in their pews with superficial smiles, monstrous memories, hidden hurts, mixed motives, and agonizing addictions.
Church leaders know they are present, but tend to either ignore them and say nothing or abhor them without nuance and condemn. In Sensitive Preaching to the Sexually Hurting, counselor, author, speaker, and teacher Dr. Sam Serio posits a powerful and necessary middle ground for pastors: preaching that offers forgiveness, transformation, and restoration.
This ready-to-use resource is written from a preaching perspective and examines the causes and consequences of the seven most difficult sexual issues of today. Serio offers appropriate and suggested wording to use in crafting sermons, along with corresponding Scripture texts, examining how preachers can prepare their churches, their hearts, and their sermons for the topic, and how these can all work together to build a healthier future for their congregations and the wider church body.
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Kregel Ministry
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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homeschoolmom24AlabamaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great Book for MinistersNovember 4, 2016homeschoolmom24AlabamaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5About the Book:
Today's church has sadly failed to minister to men and women deeply affected by porn, abortion, rape, casual sex, a sexless marriage, same-sex attraction, or childhood sexual abuse. Church leaders know these broken people sit in their pews. What they don't know is what to say to them. Those who would speak out directly from the pulpit worry that they will be unwise or insensitive, whatever their intent to the contrary. They may even fear being fired and losing their ministry altogether.
The truth is that seminary curriculum rarely prepare preachers to talk about sex in their sermons. Despite the pervasiveness of sexual wounds in the church, preachers tend to either ignore them and say nothing or abhor them without nuance and condemn. Sam Serio posits a powerful and necessary middle ground: preaching that offers forgiveness, transformation, and restoration.
In a world that is filling up fast with all things sexual or that have a sexual connotation, this book is something every preacher, minister, pastor, or seminary student needs to read to help adjust to the growing demand of the sick and hurting in our world. So what is a minister to do when faced with all the obstacles that are not only being thrown in front of him but also in front of the world his congregation live in? He takes the bull by the horns and he figures out how to address the problems of this fallen world.
The seminary student rarely learns just how to address this and many ministers are afraid to minister to these types in their congregation or feel it doesn't apply to the people that they shepherd but sadly it does. Whether it is homosexuality or a painful past that evolve from a sexual encounter of any sort the truth is, is that people are hurting and we need to get them to Jesus and there is only one way to do that and it's not hiding from it.
The author walks you through addressing the issues that plague many of us today and he shows you on what stance to go after these people to bring them to the feet of Jesus. He addresses several different types of the sexually hurting and he shows you how to address those individuals when you speak in a way of showing them the light to Jesus. A powerful read, for sure!
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.