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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Courage

Courage #1
Series:Courage
Duration:31 mins 22 secs
Courage #1

What are your feelings about the future of the church?
  • It is clear that the church isn't what it was...or rather, it isn't where it was.
The Age of Unbelief
  • It is the end of the age of Christendom!
  • Christendom is simply the collective body and influence of Christians throughout the world.
Nothing New...
  • 1 Peter 4:1-4
  • I want to suggest that it is not only possible BUT that we can thrive in the age of unbelief.
  • 1 Peter 4:12-14; 19
4 Approaches...
 
1. Converting Culture
  • In this mindset what matters most is that our nation's culture reflects biblical principles and values.
  • Until Christ returns, this world will never look as it should.
  • You can't legislate people into the Kingdom of God.
2. Condemning Culture
  • This is the idea of removing ourselves from the world and retreating into a subculture.
  • 1 Peter 1:16
  • Culture is NOT the source of evil...Mark 7:18-23 tell us the source is our hearts.
3. Consume Culture
  • The idea is wherever culture and historical Christian teaching disagree, the latter is accommodated to the former.
  • When the voice of Culture, and NOT the word of Christ, is what govern the church, then it is no longer the church.
These 3 have ONE thing in common...FEAR.

4. COURAGE!
  • If we have a God-sized, God-given courage, then we will be freed up to be the people of God, living out the mission of God, marked by the joy of God.
What Does THIS Courage Look Like? 2 Samuel 23:20
  • Courage flips the script.
Courage...
  • Most of us spend our lies running away from the things we are afraid of.
  • Most people believe God is real...but few people actually live like it.
  • God isn't going to say...Well-said, well thought, or well planned! There is only one measuring stick...WELL DONE.
Revelation 21:8 – it is no mistake that the first people on the list are the cowardly.

Courage #1

 

What are your feelings about the future of the church?

·         It is clear that the church isn’t what it was...or rather, it isn’t where it was.

 

The Age of Unbelief

·         It is the end of the age of Christendom!

·         Christendom is simply the collective body and influence of Christians throughout the world.

 

Nothing New...

·         1 Peter 4:1-4

·         I want to suggest that it is not only possible BUT that we can thrive in the age of unbelief.

·         1 Peter 4:12-14; 19

 

4 Approaches...

1.  Converting Culture

·         In this mindset what matters most is that our nation’s culture reflects biblical principles and values.

·         Until Christ returns, this world will never look as it should.

·         You can’t legislate people into the Kingdom of God.

 

2.  Condemning Culture

·         This is the idea of removing ourselves from the world and retreating into a subculture.

·         1 Peter 1:16

·         Culture is NOT the source of evil...Mark 7:18-23 tell us the source is our hearts.

 

3.  Consume Culture

·         The idea is wherever culture and historical Christian teaching disagree, the latter is accommodated to the former.

·         When the voice of Culture, and NOT the word of Christ, is what govern the church, then it is no longer the church.

 

These 3 have ONE thing in common...FEAR.

 

4.  COURAGE!

·         If we have a God-sized, God-given courage, then we will be freed up to be the people of God, living out the mission of God, marked by the joy of God.

 

What Does THIS Courage Look Like? 2 Samuel 23:20

·         Courage flips the script.

 

Courage...

·         Most of us spend our lies running away from the things we are afraid of.

·         Most people believe God is real...but few people actually live like it.

·         God isn’t going to say...Well-said, well thought, or well planned!  There is only one measuring stick...WELL DONE.

 

Revelation 21:8 – it is no mistake that the first people on the list are the cowardly.

 

 

 

 
   
 

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