Summary: This message was preached to remind the people of Cornerstone of our mission to reach the pre-churched, the de-churched and the Unchurched.
In 2013 Apple upgraded the operating systems on their phones to IOS 7 and everyone with an iPhone dutifully clicked “I accept” in order to install the new software on their devices.
It wasn't long after that that someone posted a screenshot of Page 46. Apparently, buried deep within the Terms and Conditions were these words.
“Oh you know what? This is page 46, nobody’s still reading this. I bet only about five people clicked to read the T&Cs in the first place - we might as well just say anything we like.
Tony on floor 5 of Apple HQ smells of sardines.
When someone sends a funny email around the offices we have to reply with iLaughed. It’s in our job description.
Remember that legal kerfuffle over Apple & Apple studios? Want to know how we fixed it? We bought The Beatles. We have the surviving ones come and sing to us for scraps. We’re looking at ways to reanimate the dead ones.
The canteen only sells apple products. Apples, apple juice, apple flapjacks, toffee apples. We get fired if we’re caught eating anything without apples in it. I’M ALLERGIC TO APPLES AND I’M ALWAYS HUNGRY.
We faked the moon landings. Did it in 2008, then brainwashed you all to believe it happened in 1969, just because we could. If anyone finds out I’ve leaked this information, I’ll be killed. But no one will ever, ever read this.”
I would love to tell you that page 46 really existed in Apple’s terms and condition, well I’m sure it exists, just not in that form.
Sadly, it turned out that those terms and conditions were just a joke created by the Huffington Post’s UK Comedy team.
However, in 2017 students at York University in Toronto and the University of Connecticut were offered the chance to join a new social network called NameDrop.
Only a quarter of the students who signed up said they looked at the terms and conditions, but that doesn’t mean they read the terms and conditions, because by clicking “accept” hundreds of students agreed to give NameDrop their future first-born children.
Luckily the students were simply subjects in an experiment run by two communications professors who subsequently wrote a paper about the “Biggest Lie on the Internet”.
This is week 3 of our Terms and conditions series here at Cornerstone and in the first week, we defined Terms and Conditions this way Rules by which one must agree to abide in order to use a service.
In week one we talked about the terms and conditions in the beginning that man and woman were created to be in fellowship with God, there was just one thing on the terms and conditions, don’t eat from that one tree, you can eat from any other tree in the garden, just don't eat from that one tree. And you know the end of the story they ate themselves out of house and home.
And because of their disobedience, humanities relationship with God was damaged.
Last week we looked at the terms and conditions for worshipping God, that is meeting him in a restored relationship. And we discovered that God not only wants our relationship with him to be right but also our relationship with others to be right.
This week we are going into a letter written by Paul where he tells the believers in the church in Rome part of what was expected of them as Jesus Followers. Let’s pick up the letter in Romans 10:13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.”
So, let’s begin with The Service
The service, in this case, is the premise that Jesus cares about lost people and wants them to be saved. Over and over again we see this reflected in the Jesus story, from John 3:16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
To Luke 24 where after his death and resurrection Jesus tells those who followed him this, Luke 24:46-47 And Jesus said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’
In the second letter that Peter wrote, he is addressing the concern that some believers felt regarding the fact that Christ hadn’t returned and he writes this, 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.