The Fight For Purity: Answering the Counter-Cultural Call SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS As a group define and discuss the following terms: Counter-Cultural Relativism Purity Relational Ministry What does “counter-cultural” mean?
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“Sometimes, witnessing to Christ will mean drawing out of a culture the full meaning of its noblest intentions, a fullness that is revealed in Christ. At other times, witnessing to Christ means challenging that culture, especially when the truth about the human person is under assault.”
– Pope John Paul II
“We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one's own ego and one's own desires.”
-Pope Benedict 16
“If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me”
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?” 1Corinthians 6:19
When young people choose to live this counter-cultural call, what will they face from the culture they are living against?
“If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.” (John 15:18)
“But first, he must suffer greatly and be rejected by this generation.”
“Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you.” (1 John 3:13)
“Do not conform yourself to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the perfect will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)
HOW DO WE ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO FIGHT FOR PURITY AND STRIVE FOR HOLINESS?
“Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself…” (Philippians 2:7)
“Who among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it?”
- (Luke 15:4)
You must know your faith, before you can share it.
“Jesus Christ is the same
yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Do not be carried away by all
kinds of strange teaching.”
You must believe before you can preach.
“Whoever is not with me is against me.”
“Preach always, when necessary use words.”
(St. Francis of Assisi)
You can’t give what you don’t have.
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses.” (Acts 1:8)
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