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Introduction

Believers are surrounded on every side by culture that does not seek to honor God. An important question is how do believers respond to our culture’s ethics, morality, controversies, etc? Are we supposed to be IN culture, OF the culture, or AGAINST the culture?

 

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SERMON TITLE: Facing Our Culture

TEXT: John1:1-24

INTRODUCTION

Believers are surrounded on every side by culture that does not seek to honor God. An important question is how do believers respond to our culture's ethics, morality, controversies, etc? Are we supposed to be IN culture, OF the culture, or AGAINST the culture?
 
DISCUSSION
What word or phrase would you use to summarize American culture? Why?
 
EXAMINATION
Our central message is Jesus
o What is the significance of John calling Jesus "the Word¨ in vs. 1 and 14? In what way(s) is Jesus ¡s "The Word?¨
o What problems and Jesus" solutions to those problems does John lay out in vs. 4-12?
o Referring to vs. 18, how does Jesus explain God?
o In John 20:31, John gives his thesis statement. What can get in the way of Jesus being your central message?
Our source of truth is scripture
In verses 19-24 we see John the Baptist handling issues presented by a delegation sent from the Pharisees:
o Questions of identity: "Who are you?¡¨ How does John use scripture to answer that question? In honesty, how do you typically answer the question of "Who are you?¨ What scripture could you use to help you define who you are?
o Falsehood: The Jews were looking for the conquering king and missed Jesus" first advent as the Suffering Servant who would first die for the sins of the world. Why do you think they missed it?
 
APPLICATION
  • Do you feel that you are effective in taking the message of Jesus out to your personal spheres of influence (co-workers, neighbors, friends, family, common interests, etc.)?
  • In what relationship(s) could you pray and seek to speak the message of Jesus?
  • What "Isms¨ are you most prone to adopt that overshadow a biblical stance toward culture?
1] Egoism/Narcissism (What is best for me?) 2] Altruism (What is best for everyone or most?) 3] Humanism (Man has or will find the answers) 4] Pragmatism (Whatever works - The end justifies the means) 5] Nihilism (Life is meaningless) 6] Hedonism (Pleasure is the highest good) 7] Rationalism (Human reason is the source of truth) 8] Situation Ethics (Love is the highest good) 9] Relativism (There is no ultimate truth for everyone) 10] Pluralism (Individuality is the highest good) 11] Positivism (Whatever is legal is moral).
  • What biblical perspectives can and should you have about your relationship to culture?



 

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