Sermon Series "Culture Clash"
This series examines the tension is between our life in faith and our life in the world.
Heaven: Too good to be True
June 17, 2018
Full of Truth or Grace
When we show nothing but truth.
When we show nothing but grace.
Showing both truth and grace fully.
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness.” ~Matthew 23:23
“And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, ‘My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.’” ~Hebrews 12:5-6
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” ~John 1:14
“Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” ~John 1:16-17
Tolerance or Intolerance
June 24, 2018
Seeking Godly Maturity
Be ready to give an answer for your faith.
When you disagree do so with respect.
Mature Christians speak the truth in love.
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.” ~1 Peter 3:15-16
“Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful schemingInstead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ” ~Ephesians 4:15
“Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.~Colossians 3:11-12
Self-esteem or God Esteem
July 1, 2018
Self-esteem is in comparisons to others.
God-esteem is how God sees you.
Your value come by God’s standard of Grace.
“For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.” ~1 Corinthians 15:9-11
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” ~Psalm 139:13-14
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that noone can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” ~Ephesians 2:8-10
Freedom or Constraint
July 8, 2018
We love our Freedom!
We can never be free from constraint.
Living under the law of man and God.
Freedom come from living in God’s will.
“‘I have the right to do anything,’ you say—but not everything is beneficial. ‘I have the right to do anything’—but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others..” ~1 Corinthians 10:23-24
“…but I will not be mastered by anything. You say, ‘Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.’ The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. ~1 Corinthians 6:12-13
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” ~Galatians 5:13
“Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.” ~1 Peter 2:16
“I will always obey your law, for ever and ever. I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.” ~Psalm 119: 44-45
Personal Faith or Organized Church
July 15, 2018
SETTING TODAY. (Emphases)
Organized religion (the church) : (Building, liturgy, denominational organization etc.) Important to most older (mainline) Christians.
Personal faith: Often younger Christians who are frustated with the organized church.
WHAT THE NEW TESTAMENT SAYS.
Mark 1:16-20 : Jesus called individuals to follow him but as part of a fellowship.
Acts 2:42-47: The early Christians spent time in fellowship.Outsiders were drawn to this fellowship.
Acts 6:1-7: Organization developed due to need. Churches in new areas demanded local leadership & organization. They also needed this to have a needed continual connection to the total church.
This need has continued throughout the history of Christianity. The danger came/comes when the church loases a sense of its mission and purpose. God has raised up various reform/ renewal movements over the years to help correct this.
HOW DO WE (I) DEVELOP A GOOD BALANCE TODAY?
Keep a firm personal commitment to Jesus as Savior and Lord.
Remain a faithful part of the fellowship. Providing needed aid and leadership as you are able guided by Christ.
CONCLUSION Are we faithfully doing this?
16 As He was going along by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, the brother of Simon, casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. 19 Going on a little farther, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who were also in the boat mending the nets. 20 Immediately He called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went away to follow Him.~ Mark 1:16-20 NASB
42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. 44 And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; 45 and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. 46 Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved. ~Acts 2: 42-47 NASB
6 Now at this time while the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the Hellenistic Jews against the native Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily serving of food. 2 So the twelve summoned the congregation of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables. 3 Therefore, brethren, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task. 4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” 5 The statement found approval with the whole congregation; and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch. 6 And these they brought before the apostles; and after praying, they laid their hands on them. 7 The word of God kept on spreading; and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith.~Acts 6:1-7 NASB