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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Building Resilient Faith

Building Resilient Faith #5 – Developing the Muscles of Cultural Discernment #1
Building Resilient Faith #5
Developing the Muscles of Cultural Discernment #1
A Christ-follower believes God gave us the Bible for more than just pleasure reading.

What is Cultural Discernment?
  • The ability to compare the beliefs, values, customs, and creations of the world we live in with those of the world we belong to (The KINGDOM of God) AND once we have made the comparison to anchor our lives to the theological, moral, and ethical norms of God's kingdom.
  • Joshua 24:15; Ephesians 1:15-18
3 Problems among the people of God...
  1. We have NOT committed ourselves to the purpose God has for each of
  2. We are not willing to pay the price of becoming who he made us to be... transformation
  3. We do not behave like Jesus because we don't think like Jesus...worldview
Matthew 5:13-16

One more Hero... ELIJAH...1 Kings 18
  • Elijah was called a troubler of Israel and if you choose to choose the path of God, you will be labelled too.
  • 1 Kings 18:18, "I have not troubled Israel, but you have, and your father's house, because you have abandoned the commandments of the Lord and followed the Baals..."
1 Kings 18:21, "How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, then follow him. And the people didn't answer him a word."

  • If God is God, then quit trying to quench your thirst in empty wells that don't even have water in them.
  • If you think the bread of this world will satisfy, then you have never really been hungry.
Why the silence?
  1. They knew that what they were doing was wrong.
  2. They wanted Baal to win...they wanted to keep doing what they were doing.
1 Kings 18:22-40
  • God continues to confirm the path that we should be on.


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