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Christian In A Secular America 2


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Christian In A Secular America 2

  1. 1. Parkside Bible Fellowship Adult Summer Sunday School June 21, 2009 2nd Session
  2. 2. Parkside Adult Sunday School Blog 1. The goal of this Sunday School Blog is to have another outlet besides our Sunday discussions during Sun unday School. It allows for more interaction and discussion during the course of the week. You are free to comment, ask question give advice or post ions, anything related to our topic.
  3. 3. IN THE NEWS 1. School Censors Second Grader's Talent Show Performance in Oakley, CA June 10, 2009 • news/focusdetails.cfm?ID=PR090610a 2. June 16, 2009, Senate poised to vote at any time on "hate crimes" legislation. Punishing es" wrong beliefs about homosexuality is its sole purpose • bin/query/z?c111:S.909: bin/query/z?c111:S.909
  4. 4. The Christian In A Secular American is designed with THREE goals: 1. Using the Scriptures As a follower of Ch Christ, how do I live in a society that is becoming more secular? Assess Biblical absolutes and Godly principles and how to apply them. Identify and examine some of the challenges to and opportunities for living out the gospel of Jesus Christ in all areas of contemporary life.
  5. 5. Matthew 22: 36 36-38 36"Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?" 37And He said to him, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YO OUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.' 38"This is the great and foremost commandment.
  6. 6. Verses 36 to 38 The Christian life is summarized in the two commands. We must first understand our culture and its ch challenges because we are to be faithful followers of Christ and faithful witnesses to the gospel. We are called to faithfulness, and faithfulness requires that we be ready to think as Christians when confronted with the crucial issues of the day. This is all rooted in our love of God.
  7. 7. Verses 39 to 40 39Thesecond is like it, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” 40"On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets."
  8. 8. Verses 39 to 40: But Jesus also comma anded love of neighbor, and Christians must be driven by love of neighbor as we confron the issues of our day. ront We care for the well-being of our neighbors, being and we want to see them come to faith in Christ. em We care about marriag sexuality, children, iage, the dignity of human li life, and a host of related issues because we love God first and this leads ve directly to love of our neighbor neighbor---and our neighborhood. In the end, the culture and its e challenges will pass awaway. Our Lord has left us here for a reason. We are to be SALT AND LIGHT in a dying world.
  9. 9. 13"You are the salt of the earth; but the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer goo for anything, except to ood be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. 14"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a t basket, but on the lamp st stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
  10. 10. Biblical Principle: You Are the Salt of the Earth Salt Preserves Salt Adds Flavor Creates Thirst Salt Cemented or Sealed Covenants Salt Sustains Life
  11. 11. Biblical Principle: You Are the Light of the World Light Reveals Light Guides Light Reflects
  12. 12. Biblical Principle: WE, the CHURCH (Belie lievers), are"the salt of the earth.“ God mand ndates all Believers to serve as that which pr prevents the corruption of sin and wickedness from spreading in culture. The CHURCH, (Chris ristians, Believers) are the only "salt" He has provided for its moral corruption, and the only "light“ He has provided for its spiritual darkness.
  13. 13. When will the world See that we need Jesus? Verse 1 When will the world, see that we need Jesus? If we open our eyes. We will all realize That He loves us. When will the world See that we need Jesus? When our hearts are as one And believe that He's the Son of our God
  14. 14. When will the world See that we need Jesus? Chorus The Lord is our God an we shall never want and The Lord is our God and we shall live forever When we share the love of Jesus See each other as He sees us Then His love will see us through His love will see us through
  15. 15. When will the world See that we need Jesus? Verse 2 When will the world se that we need Jesus? see When sister and brother Love one another as one When will the world See that we need Jesus? Will we ever understand Jesus is the Son of man? We must live in the shadow of His love
  16. 16. Biblical Principle How Will the World Know That They Need Jesus?
  17. 17. Its principles give us the standards by which we must conduct ourselves in those situations where there are no explicit ETHOS: ETHOS instructions. study of The Bible moral does give us character . A list of detailed “do’s and instructions don’ts” through Biblical principles. The study Biblical principles of MORALITY revealed through the and what is study of scripture right and defines how we wrong, good should act and live as and evil Christians
  18. 18. In John MacA cArthur’s book, Right Thinking In A World Gone In John Wrong, the heart of MacArthur, pastor of Grace Chri ristian Ethics is Community Church. the GOSPEL.
  19. 19. WHY? Through the REGENERATING work of the Holy Spirit, the inner heart o man will rt of be renewed!
  20. 20. HOW? 1. Titus 3: 5-8: 1. Transformed 2. Rom. 8: 13-14: 2. Indwelt with Holy Spirit 3. Gal. 5: 22-23: 3. Exhibit genuine holiness 4. I Corn. 6: 9-11: 4. Changed heart & life 5. John 8:42: 5. Responds to Christ 6. John 14: 15: 6. Obeys His commands 7. Eph. 2: 8-10: 7. Salvation by grace 8. Psalms 19: 7-9: 8. Sufficiency/authority of Scripture 9. II Tim 3: 15-17 9. Accepts sanctification 10. Psalms: 12: 6: 10. Scripture is pure/endures 11. John 8:31-32: 11. Wo is final source of truth Word
  21. 21. Absolute Truth or Moral Absolutes Whatever is true at one time and at one place is true at all tim and at all places. ime's What is true for one pe person is true for all person's. Truth is true whether we believe ue it or not. Truth is discovered or it is revealed through God’s Word, i is not invented by a , it culture or by religious men.
  22. 22. Where do we find m moral absolutes or a moral code to live by? 1. Ten Commandments Commandments about humanity’s relationship with God (first 4) Commandments about humanity’s relationships with others in society (last 6) The commandments are: • prohibitive (do not steal) • categorical and absolute
  23. 23. Where do we find m moral absolutes or a moral code to live by? 2. Beatitudes Are seen as the New Testament equivalent of the Decalogue (Ten Commandments as it Ten Commandments), takes the Law set down by the Torah and updates it into: A list of beatitudes are a list of behaviours that e will lead to rewards ‘if you are like this, then you will receive that’
  24. 24. Where do we find m moral absolutes or a moral code to live by? 3. Ethical teachings such as murder, adultery, divorce ar found in the Bible are 4. These take the form of the Old Testament teachings and are found in the New Testament. “You have heard it said; ‘do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart”
  25. 25. Judeo-Christian i the belief in the n is Biblical God of Israel, in His Ten Commandments and His Biblical moral laws. It is a belief in absolute, not relative, morality. , It is a belief that America must answer morally to God and not to the mortal, usually venal (corrupt), lly governments of the world.
  26. 26. So, what is moral relativism? Moral relativism is the view that ethical standards, morality, an positions of right or and wrong are and therefore subject to a person's individual choice. We can all decide what is right for ourselves. You decide what's right for you, de and I'll decide what's right for me. Moral relativism says, "It's tr true for me, if I believe it."
  27. 27. So, what is moral relativism? 1. What’s true for you may not be true for me.” s 2. “No culture is better or worse than another.” 3. “There are no absolute morals, just differing opinions.” 4. The belief that truth/error, right/wrong are determined by the individual.
  28. 28. Catch Phrases of Relativism •“Just go with the flow.” “Just •“If it feels good, do it.” “If •“Anything goes.” “Anything •“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” “Beauty •“Different strokes, for different folks.” “Different •“What works for you, works for me.” “What
  29. 29. •Can there be • morality without God? •Can we determine a an mor code without oral God? Albert Mohler, hosts The Albert Mohler Program, a radio •Can we know right an show engaging from wrong, good contemporary culture with his from evil without Bible-based beliefs. God?