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When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours. Romans 1:11-13 (Living Translation)

The Bible Speaks

To

The

Culture

Presented by

Warm / Interactive / Relevant / Challenging / Action Oriented

intro
Intro
  • The Bible is God’s playbook for life.  As Christians we should look to it for guidance and insight for everyday living.
  • We will examine topics that are of interest to Christians living in a culture that is becoming more agnostic and indifferent to a God’s living standard.
  • We will pick one topic each week and examine the Bible for God’s plan for us.
intro1
Intro
  • Examples of topics that we will examine include:
    • Tee-Totaling
    • Moral Purity (including homosexuality)
    • War
    • Work Ethic
    • Financial Stewardship
    • Patriotism
    • Marriage
    • Capitalism
    • Charity
    • Environmentalism
  • If you have suggested topics, let me know.
background
Background
  • Southern Baptist traditionally are “teetotalers” – one of the “big-ones”
  • Teetotaling is not universally held by all protestants and other denominations
  • Alcohol in the ancient world was a water sanitizer and medicine
  • Alcohol is addictive and harmful in quantities
  • Not debatable in certain cultures (e.g. France, Italy, Germany, Ireland, UK, etc.)
  • It is an “adult activity” but routinely abused by under aged drinkers”
  • Over-consumption is one of the leading preventable causes of death worldwide
cultural view
Cultural View
  • Alcohol is a culturally approved recreational drug
  • Alcohol is a central component to most business and social gatherings – “alcohol is cool”
  • It is used to promote social interaction and to help one manage the stresses of life
  • Alcoholic beverages are big business
  • Manufacturers spend big bucks in marketing to maintain the cool factor
  • Alcoholism is a destructive force is the US in the lives of individuals and families
  • Why do you think that there is a government agencies to regulate this industry?
biblical view
Biblical View
  • Scripture does not necessarily forbid a Christian from drinking beer, wine, or any other drink containing alcohol.
  • God commands that Christians avoid drunkenness and addiction
  • The culture at the time of Jesus had a different perspective on wine (i.e. sanitation and medicine).
  • Consumption of small quantities of alcohol is a matter of Christian freedom but exercise of freedoms can become a “stumbling block”
  • Christian leaders must set the example
application
Application
  • My personal view:
    • Due to the biblical concerns regarding alcohol and its effects, due to the easy temptation to consume alcohol in excess, and due to the possibility of causing offense and/or stumbling of others, it is best for a Christian to abstain entirely from drinking alcohol.
    • Don’t play with fire – eventually you will be burned (Grandma)
    • Don’t support a destructive industry
    • Don’t send confusing signals
      • Younger Christians or children cannot discern subtleties of the pro / con arguments
      • if one drug is morally acceptable how about other drugs
  • It is important to know when too much is too much – how do you effectively do this with a drug that impairs decision-making?
  • Christians are subject to civil law.
  • Avoid self-righteous indignation
next week
Next Week

Moral Purity (including homosexuality)

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When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours. Romans 1:11-13 (Living Translation)

The Bible Speaks

To

The

Culture

Presented by

Warm / Interactive / Relevant / Challenging / Action Oriented

the gospel according to java bistro
The Gospel According to Java Bistro

“Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David.”

Isaiah 55:3

background1
Background
  • Marriage is a social institution under which a man and a woman establish a decision to live as husband and wife by legal commitments, religious ceremonies, etc.
  • It is a prerequisite for the establishment of a traditional family – a basic social unit consisting of parents and their children
  • The concept of marriage and family is undergoing a metamorphosis. Is it good or bad? Is it Biblical or not?
  • That it the premise for today’s discussion.
cultural view1
Cultural View
  • The traditional definition of marriage is outdated. It is does not accommodate societal shifts and modern relationships (e.g. gay and lesbian relationships , gender equality, feminism, etc.)
  • Marriage is optional. It is perfectly legitimate to have a relationship and raise a family without marriage.
  • Marriage is a legal contract. It can be dissolved.
biblical view1
Biblical View
  • Marriage was designed for companionship and intimacy. Gen. 2:18, 21-24, Matt 19:4-6
  • Husbands – love and sacrifice; Wives – submit. Ephesians 5:23-32
  • Wives – demonstrate godly character and quiet inner beauty; Husbands – honor their wives and be kind and gentle; Husbands and wives are equal partners. I Peter 3:1-5, 7
  • Strive to overcome immoral living. 1 Cor. 7:1-2
  • Love is a lifetime covenant, a commitment. Malachi 2:13-14
application1
Application
  • Could one of the deeper purposes of marriage be to make us confront our own character flaws?
  • One of the purposes of marriage is to make us more like Christ. “What if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy?”
  • Only in our commitment to the covenant of marriage can we realize the true benefits of marriage.
next week1
Next Week

Moral Purity (including homosexuality)

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When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours. Romans 1:11-13 (Living Translation)

The Bible Speaks

To

The

Culture

Presented by

Warm / Interactive / Relevant / Challenging / Action Oriented

the gospel according to java bistro1
The Gospel According to Java Bistro

“To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction.”

Proverbs 12:1-3

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The Bible Speaks

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Moral Purity

background2
Background
  • Moral Purity: acting in a way which glorifies God in the body and which avoids the fulfillment of the lust of the flesh.
  • Moral temptation and failure is not a contemporary phenomenon, it is as old as the human race.
  • There are some recent developments that appear to have been “game changers” for our culture on this topic. What are they?
cultural view2
Cultural View
  • Whatever happens between two consenting adults is their business.
  • As long as no one gets hurt, anything goes.
  • Having sex is a recreational pursuit, as long as you are “responsible.” It is a normal healthy thing.
  • If you make a “mistake”, take care of it ASAP.
  • While the mainstream culture excludes children from the new ideas about sexual purity, some “organizations” do not even recognize this taboo.
  • Anyone who speaks out on the subject is branded as “intolerant” and “judgmental”.
biblical view2
Biblical View
  • From the beginning sex was created for marriage. Mark 10:6-9
  • Sex outside of marriage is not condoned by God. I Cor. 6:9-10, Romans 1:26-28, Eph. 5:3
  • There are certain sexual acts that are defined as abominations (i.e. disgusting). Lev. 18:22, 20:13
  • Moral degradation of the culture is actually a sign of the impending return of Jesus. Luke 17:26-28.
application2
Application
  • There are physical, emotional, and spiritual components to marriage; i.e. the only place where “safe sex” can occur.
  • Intimacy is a progressive state
  • Sex can be the celebration of intimacy or the attempt to achieve intimacy.
  • Does the Bible empower the church to be morality police?
  • Are Christians exempted from being loving to those who have succumbed to immorality?
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When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours. Romans 1:11-13 (Living Translation)

The Bible Speaks

To

The

Culture

Presented by

Warm / Interactive / Relevant / Challenging / Action Oriented

the gospel according to java bistro2
The Gospel According to Java Bistro

“Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness!”

Ecclesiastes 5:9-11

background3
Background
  • War: A state of armed conflict between different nations or states or different groups with a nation or state.
  • The US Congress has the power to declare war, typically at the request of the President.
  • We actually have rules for war and some study it as an academic pursuit.
  • Thought; would you want your son or daughter to go to war?
cultural view3
Cultural View
  • Culture is split; the lessons from the last 10 years has taught us this; hawks vs. pacifist.
  • Leave them along and mind our own business.
  • War is necessary to protect vital national interest.
  • War is a retaliatory strike.
  • War is a crime against humanity.
  • Threat of war protects our freedoms; i.e. our way of life or makes it possible for others to enjoy the freedoms that we enjoy.
biblical view3
Biblical View
  • War vs. murder. Ex. 20:13, 1 Sam. 15:3, Josh. 4:13
  • War is never a good thing, but sometimes a necessary thing. It is always a result of sin. Romans 3:10-18
  • God authorized war in the OT. God does not change so war must not just be an OT thing.
  • There is a time to love and a time to have, a time for war and a time for peace – Ecc. 3:8.
  • Jesus emphasized peace and advised us to avoid retaliation and revenge and to extend our love even to our enemies.
  • But, Jesus said that it is inevitable that war would continue until He returns and that He did not oppose earthly governments or their right to maintain armies.
application3
Application
  • Our goal - “as much as it depends on you … as far as it's possible on your behalf, live at peace with everybody.“ Romans 12:18
  • Two things tend to be the root cause for war: selfishness and pride. James 4:1-2
  • When is it right:
    • In order to preserve freedom
    • In order to protect innocent people
    • In order to stop the spread of evil
  • How should Christian respond
    • Pray
    • Trust God
    • Seek Peace
    • Support Each other
application4
Application
  • Christian Pacifism – minority view – similar to Swedish and Danish resistance to Nazism in WWI, Gandhi's independence movement in India, the civil rights movement of MLK, and the Solidarity movement in Poland. In their view it is a way to suppress cycle of oppression, hatred, war and revenge that have dominated history.
  • See Baptist Faith & Message, Section XVI.
  • See http://www.saddleback.com/story/5581.html
application5
Application
  • There must be a just cause for the war.
    • War must be waged only in response to certain, grave and lasting damage inflicted by an aggressor.
    • The motive for war must be advancement of good or avoidance of evil.
    • The ultimate objective of war must be to bring peace.
    • Revenge, revolt, a desire to harm, dominate, or exploit and similar things are not justification for war.
  • Every possible means of peacefully settling the conflict must be exhausted first.
  • There must be serious prospects of success; bloodshed without hope of victory cannot be justified.
  • The war must be declared by a legitimate authority. Private individuals or groups should seek redress of their rights through their governments, not by acts of war.
  • The war must not cause greater evil than the evil to be eliminated.
  • Non-combatants (civilians) must not be intentionally harmed.
  • Prisoners and conquered peoples must be treated justly.
next week3
Next Week

Work Ethic

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When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours. Romans 1:11-13 (Living Translation)

The Bible Speaks

To

The

Culture

Presented by

Warm / Interactive / Relevant / Challenging / Action Oriented

the gospel according to java bistro3
The Gospel According to Java Bistro

“This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.”

Hebrews 6:18-20

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The Bible Speaks

To

Work Ethic

background4
Background
  • When I was growing up life was simple; it revolved around the themes of: God, Family, Work
  • When I heard the term “work ethic”, more often or not it was prefaced such as “protestant work-ethic”. Why?
  • There seems to be a relationship between work and strong churches and families. What is it?
  • Is there a difference between “work” and “work ethic”?
cultural view4
Cultural View
  • Work is necessary to get what we want
  • Work is our identity; i.e. who we are, the indicator of our worth, what buys us standing in the community.
  • There is a line of thought within Christianity that views work as evidence of our salvation
  • Some would connect work ethic and capitalism in a way connects our relationship with God and His blessing on our economic structure.
biblical view4
Biblical View
  • Colossians 3:23
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:10
  • Proverbs 14:23
  • Ecclesiastes 9:10
  • Acts 20:35
  • Proverbs 10:4
  • Proverbs 21:25
  • Proverbs 12:11
  • Proverbs 16:3
  • Psalm 1:1-6
  • Psalm 127:1
  • 1 Timothy 5:8
  • 1 Timothy 6:10
  • Proverbs 13:4
  • Psalm 128:2
  • Genesis 2:1-5
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:6-9
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
  • 1 Corinthians 10:31
  • Ephesians 4:28
  • Ecclesiastes 5:12
  • Hebrews 4:10
  • Proverbs 20:4
  • Proverbs 16:1
  • Proverbs 11:1
  • Deuteronomy 8:18
  • Genesis 2:15
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:7
  • Ephesians 2:10
  • Hosea 14:9
  • Proverbs 3:5-6
  • James 1:4
  • 1 Corinthians 15:58
application6
Application
  • Work is not our identity but it is our calling.
  • Let us not fall into the trap of thinking that our work “earns” us a position.
  • Work is not the means to salvation, it is the result of salvation.
  • We were created for work and through it we fulfill our purpose when applied in a worthwhile enterprise.
  • Work enables us to have something to share with him who has need; i.e. the principle of grace. So work benefits both the individual and general society.
next week4
Next Week

Financial Stewardship

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When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours. Romans 1:11-13 (Living Translation)

The Bible Speaks

To

The

Culture

Presented by

Warm / Interactive / Relevant / Challenging / Action Oriented

the gospel according to java bistro4
The Gospel According to Java Bistro

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born again”

John 3:3

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The Bible Speaks

To

Financial

Stewardship

background5
Background
  • Notice the subtlety in the title, “Financial STEWARDSHIP”. Define “stewardship” in the Christian context.
  • Is this a problem in the culture today?
  • There is a stark difference between the thinking about finances between believers and non-believers, or at least there should be!
  • Why has Dave Ramsey and people like him become so prominent?
  • Today we will explore what the Bible has to say about budgeting, debt, teaching children, saving, etc.
cultural view5
Cultural View
  • Get all you can, while you can, cause it’s all you’ll get!
  • Money is the key to happiness (i.e. some people to accumulate it – some people to spend it)!
  • Success is tied to “how much” we got. Our self-worth is tied to our “toys”.
  • It’s mine, I “earned” it.
biblical view5
Biblical View
  • Luke 14:28–30
  • Proverbs 27:23
  • 1 Timothy 5:8
  • Matthew 6:24
  • Proverbs 22:7
  • Romans 13:8
  • Proverbs 13:11
  • Proverbs 22:26–27
  • Proverbs 17:18
  • Proverbs 11:15
  • Psalm 37:21
  • Proverbs 6:1–5
  • Deuteronomy 25:4
  • Nehemiah 5:3
  • Ecclesiastes 5:5
  • Proverbs 29:15
  • Proverbs 22:6
  • Isaiah 30:1
  • Genesis 2:24
  • Proverbs 29:17
  • Proverbs 23:13–14
  • Proverbs 13:22
  • Proverbs 31:10–11
  • Proverbs 21:20
  • Proverbs 21:5
  • Proverbs 6:6–8
  • Genesis 41:35–36
  • Proverbs 10:22
  • Proverbs 14:29
  • Proverbs 24:27
  • Psalm 20:4
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:10
  • Proverbs 1:5
application7
Application
  • The Bible defines “riches” in spiritual terms, not monetary terms- Proverbs 28:20: “A faithful man will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.”
  • Industriousness is necessary to care for ourselves and our family, we are not to mooch off others as a way of life. Proverbs 6:6-11, 1 Tim. 5:8.
  • The Bible paints a picture of “big givers”, not “big getters”. If we demonstrate good stewardship God trusts us with more. Luke 16:1-13
  • In a word, “WISDOM”
next week5
Next Week

Patriotism

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When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours. Romans 1:11-13 (Living Translation)

The Bible Speaks

To

The

Culture

Presented by

Warm / Interactive / Relevant / Challenging / Action Oriented

the gospel according to java bistro5
The Gospel According to Java Bistro

“Well then, if we emphasize faith, does this mean that we can forget about the law? Of course not! In fact, only when we have faith do we truly fulfill the law.”

Romans 3:30-31

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The Bible Speaks

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Patriotism

background6
Background
  • Patriotism: Love of country; devotion to the welfare of one's country; the virtues and actions of a patriot; the passion which inspires one to serve one's country. [Webster 1913]
  • What is one’s country?
  • What is the basis (or reason) of patriotism?
  • How are nation’s defined?
  • What is the principle defining elements of the US nation?
cultural view6
Cultural View
  • All over the map
  • Traditionalist; the founding principles are OK
  • Progressives; times change, the nation must change.
  • Maybe we need to embrace socialistic principles; i.e. transfer personal freedoms to a central authority for the benefit of the community as a whole.
  • History has “taught” us to be cynical about “following” our governments lead; i.e. government cannot be trusted and is not worthy of patriotic sentiment – let’s see what the Bible says.
biblical view6
Biblical View
  • Our citizenship is not here, it is in Heaven. Ph 3:20, Jn 18:36
  • Satan is a significant influence on earth. Luke 4:5-7, Jn 12:31, 1 Jn 5:19
  • Nations and countries are established by God and corrupted by man. Ps 33:12-22, Rm 13:1-5, 1 Tm 2:3-4
  • We should honor God ordained “authorities” unless it is leading us to disobedience to God. , 1 Jn 4.1, Acts 2:40
  • Our patriotism comes from our love of God and His ordination of governments and not innate love of country.
application8
Application
  • The priority - God, then country.
  • Our relationship and gratitude to God leads us to gratitude to His ordained authority.
  • There is plenty of room for Christians to be patriotic without being idolatrous.
  • We must be ever vigilant that our patriotism is an act of worship and not blindly following what might be a corrupt authority.
  • Christian’s patriotic duty includes participating and giving back to the earthly authority that gives to us; i.e. a two way contract.
  • The headlines for today are PRIORITY and IDOLATRY.
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When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours. Romans 1:11-13 (Living Translation)

The Bible Speaks

To

The

Culture

Presented by

Warm / Interactive / Relevant / Challenging / Action Oriented

the gospel according to java bistro6
The Gospel According to Java Bistro

“I entrust my spirit into your hand. Rescue me, LORD, for you are a faithful God.”

Psalm 31:4-6

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The Bible Speaks

To

Capitalism

background7
Background
  • Capitalism
    • An economic and political system in which a country's trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit.
    • Capitalism is a social system based on the principle of individual rights.
  • The economic and political systems are linked.
  • Much of the history of the past five hundred years is concerned with the development of capitalism in its various forms, its condemnation and rejection, particularly by socialists, and its defense, mainly by conservatives and liberals.
cultural view7
Cultural View
  • Confusion and contradiction
  • Historically capitalism has been good to us
    • When times are good we are for it
    • When times are bad we 2nd guess it
  • Our nation is having a crisis of identity. Who are we going forward? The answer will come from your generation!
  • The crux of the problem is a spiritual issue. “In whom will I trust.”
  • The contradiction of capitalism is that while it is based on personal freedoms and industriousness, it depends on the grace and mercy of God.
biblical view7
Biblical View
  • The Parable of the Talent – Matthew 25:12-41
  • The value of the gold that was entrusted to the servants was somewhere between ~$4K and $40K. A significant trust.
  • How was the investment amount determined?
  • The rules of economics have changed little over two millennia. Double in 10 yrs. at 7%
  • What was the reward for fulfilling expectations?
  • Why did the “one bagger” not receive a return on investment? What was his excuse?
application9
Application
  • Work hard – view life as an investment
  • Take risk (being spirit led / walk by faith) – the safe path is not always the God led path. examples; Paul
  • Produce – 7% in 10 years means doubling your investment - trust God for the return.
  • Don’t be greedy – this is really a corruption of a God ordained system
  • Don’t be lazy!
  • Contentment could be sin!
next week6
Next Week

Charity

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When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours. Romans 1:11-13 (Living Translation)

The Bible Speaks

To

The

Culture

Presented by

Warm / Interactive / Relevant / Challenging / Action Oriented

background8
Background
  • Char·i·ty
    • The voluntary giving of help, typically money, to those in need.
    • Help or money given in this way.
  • Poverty – a state of privation or lack of the usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions.
  • What other forms of help may be appropriate?
    • Medical
    • Food & shelter
    • Counseling / crisis mgmt.
    • Spiritual encouragement
cultural view8
Cultural View
  • Man has a moral duty to take care of men (& animals).
  • Government is best positioned to “dole” out assistance.
  • People have a right to a minimal level of existence.
  • It’s OK to take stuff from you and give it to others with need.
biblical view8
Biblical View
  • Service through charity is a “gift”. Rom. 12:6-8
  • God instructed His people to be charity minded. Leviticus 19:9-10, 1 Tim 6:17-19, Matt 25:34-40
  • You receive benefit when you help others. Luke 6:38, Ps 41:1,2, 2 Cor. 9:6-7
  • We are fulfilled when we are charitable. Proverbs 14:21, Isa. 58:9-10, Luke 3:10-11, 1 John 3:17
  • Our ability to give large amounts is not as important as the giving. Luke 21:1-4
  • We should not give for recognition. Matt. 6:1-2
application10
Application
  • Man (me and you) has a spiritual duty to care for the downtrodden (i.e. to help them back up)
next week7
Next Week

Environmentalism

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When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours. Romans 1:11-13 (Living Translation)

The Bible Speaks

To

The

Culture

Presented by

Warm / Interactive / Relevant / Challenging / Action Oriented

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The Gospel According to Java Bistro

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness”

Galatians 5:22

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Enviromentalism

background9
Background
  • Environmentalism is a concern for the preservation, restoration, or improvement of the natural environment..." or
  • . . . an activist political movement, with moral and religious overtones, aimed at alleviating perceived and fancied human woes falsely attributed to misuse of the natural environment; a movement which uses the power of state laws to regulate individual economic choice to the diminishment of human values and life. or
  • . . . the normal and conscionable human concern for the God-given bounty and beauty of the creation that we have been made stewards of.
cultural view9
Cultural View
  • Mankind has done great damage to “mother earth” and we must fix it. What does fix it mean?
  • Nature inspires man and should be protected.
  • Greedy capitalist are destroying the earth.
  • Global warming, pollution, overpopulation, loss of animal habitats, deforestation, etc. are serious issues that are some of our highest priorities.
  • Idolatry or Pantheism (nature is God, God is not transcendent but a wise old friend)
biblical view9
Biblical View
  • The Bible is pro-environment
  • God created the heavens and the earth. Gen 1.1, 31, Psalm 19:1, Romans 1:20
  • Adam was the first environmentalist. Gen. 1:26, 2:15
  • The earth helps to sustain us as God’s gift. Deut. 8:10
  • The earth is not an object of worship. Exo. 20:3, Is 44 (summary), Romans 1:25.
  • Paul taught that God nurtures man and the environment. Acts 14:17
  • The earth is not eternal. 2 Pet. 3:10
application11
Application
  • You remember how I said if we separated capitalism from God it led to greed and corruption. If we separate God from His creation, it becomes a poor substitute.
  • Christians should be most concerned for the environment as a creation of God, not a replacement for God.
  • Mankind is dependent on good conversation practices – Christians should be on the forefront of a “reasonable” response.
next week8
Next Week

Health & Fitness

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When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours. Romans 1:11-13 (Living Translation)

The Bible Speaks

To

The

Culture

Presented by

Warm / Interactive / Relevant / Challenging / Action Oriented

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The Bible Speaks

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Health & Fitness

background10
Background
  • The Gym, Health & Fitness industry in the US is a $25bn industry. This doesn’t include the food supplement segment, recreational sports expenditures, and home gym equipment.
  • American fitness (or lack thereof) is a daily news item.
  • Health & fitness is tied to escalating health care costs, work place productivity, and overall vitality of the country.
  • I have troubling driving home at night due to bicycle traffic.
cultural view10
Cultural View
  • “This is all you got so look as good as you can.”
  • The culture is vainly preoccupied with youthful personnel appearance. Why?
biblical view10
Biblical View
  • Our bodies were created by God and is the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. 1 Cor. 6:19-20, Rom 12:1
  • To reach our full potential for God, we must know and understand our limits and needs. 1 Tim. 4:8, Ps. 18:34, Pro. 3:1-2,8, Rom 14:19-21
  • God has supplied us with our nutritional needs. Gen. 1:29
  • Our physical health follows our spiritual health. 3 John 1:2
  • In spite of our best practices, we may still suffer the consequences of sin in our body. Job 2:7
  • Vanity can be a trap, modesty should be a goal. 1 Sam 16:7, Pro 31:30, 1 Peter 3:3-4
  • We should not be legalistic about it. It ultimately is between God and others. Rom. 14:1-3
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Application
  • Excessive focus on appearance and health moves us dangerously close to idolatry of self-image.
  • Is poor health a sign of God’s displeasure and withholding of blessing?
  • We should teach and encourage Health & Fitness in the church to promote vitality and effective service.
  • If the Bible promotes fitness, what does that say about “anti-fitness”; i.e. gluttony / poor diet, lack of exercise, drug and alcohol abuse, etc.?
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Next Week

Divorce

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When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours. Romans 1:11-13 (Living Translation)

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“Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love.”

1 Cor. 13:12-13

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Backgroun (cont’d)
  • In 1920, there was 1 divorce for every 7 marriages. That is 14%.
  • In 1940, there was 1 divorce for every 6 marriages. That is 17%.
  • In 1960, there was 1 divorce for every 4 marriages. That is 25%.
  • In 1972, there was 1 divorce for every 3 marriages. That is 33%.
  • In 1977, there was 1 divorce for every 2 marriages. That is 50%.1
  • The divorce rate has stayed around 50% since the 70's, but has recently exceeded that.
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Biblical View
  • God hates divorce! Malachi 2:16
  • Divorced is allowed under certain conditions as a result of sin. Matt. 19:3-9, Matt. 5:32, Deut. 24:1-4, Col. 3:12-14, 1 Cor. 7:15, Exodus 21:10-11
  • What if a Christian is married to a non-Christian who might view divorce differently? 1 Cor. 7:10-16
  • What about remarriage? Matt. 5:32, Luke 16:18, 1 Cor. 7:39
  • What if I divorced prior to accepting Christ? 1 John 1:9
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Application
  • Putting all this together gives us a clear and consistent set of rules for divorce and remarriage. Divorce is only allowed for a limited number of grounds that are found in the Old Testament and affirmed in the New Testament:
    • Adultery(in Deuteronomy 24:1, affirmed by Jesus in Matthew 19)
    • Emotional and physical neglect (in Exodus 21:10-11, affirmed by Paul in 1 Corinthians 7)
    • Abandonment and abuse (included in neglect, as affirmed in 1 Corinthians 7)
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Application
  • God takes divorce very serious and so should we.
  • Enter into marriage carefully and reverently as if it were a covenant for life. It is symbolic of the relationship between Christ and the church.
  • The basis for Jewish and Christians marriages has been; love, honor, and keep a vow of sexual faithfulness.
  • Divorce is to be seen as a last resort after every possible effort toward reconciliation has failed.
  • Separation can be a stepping stone to renewal.
  • Remarriage is OK for a legitimate divorce.
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Next Week

Contemporary Theology Trends

  • Reformed Theology (Calvinism)
  • Contemplative Spirituality
  • Ecumenism
  • Lordship Salvation
  • The Emerging Church