Summary: Are you opting out of Sunday morning because you are a cutting edge postmodern thinker blazing the trail to a new kind of christianity; or are you just sleeping in and living in lukewarm apathy?
Dakota Community Church
August 10, 2008
Living in Laodicea
Last week in my sermon on baptism I mentioned that for a while I described myself as emergent on my Facebook profile but that I had removed it.
I like the idea of having a discussion about how we do things, how we treat sin and sinners, how we become more socially engaged and less self-centered.
The reason I removed the label is because of where this discussion is going in many instances. I don’t think everything is open for discussion and I certainly don’t think “everything must change.”
What about this Sunday morning service? Is it worth our while to keep going with it? Is it worth your while to be committed to it? Is God in it?
Is God still calling pastors and teachers to feed the flock?
"Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns.
Is there still a stricter judgment for those who teach?
Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.
If so - is God placing any requirement on believers to show up and hear those teachings?
I want to be culturally relevant, to be aware of the issues and concerns of the society I live in. I want to be able to speak their language and compassionately respond to their needs; however, I do not want to be culturally led. I am a Christian, I am a believer!
This generation may not like to be “preached at”; but God is the one who calls preachers.
Our culture may not like to acknowledge sin; but Jesus Christ died to save sinners.
Society may be totally convinced that all religions are paths to finding God; but Jesus himself said “I am the way the truth and the life no one comes to the Father accept through me.
Do you disagree with that? If you do then you may no longer be a Christian, you’re spiritual, you have a form of godliness; but deny the power thereof. The message of the cross is the power of God!
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:
"I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."
Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
What then do we believe? Is there revealed truth?
The Apostles’ Creed:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: