Summary: taking out cues from the early church...
Why is Politically Correct Spirituality so Unsatisfying?
Acts Series: “Completely Irreligious, yet Radically Christian” Part 1
Pastor Jeff Christopherson - January 12, 2003
-I’m excited about Acts… C.D’s available
I. How we became ‘politically correct’:
Philosophy: from Rationalism (cause and effect)
-Enlightenment: spiritually / scientifically
‘truth’ is universally true
to Existentialism (subjective experience)
-Rene Descartes / Friedrich Nietzche -‘truth’ is personal
II. The problem with a pluralistic spirituality:
Relativity (the relationship between 2 ‘objective’ truths)
-Einstein: absolutes: time & space …
-relative to observer’s frame of reference
-brought in new absolute… the velocity of light
turned into Relativism (all truth becomes ‘subjective’)
-many extended the idea of relativity to other spheres…
-advertising: “how does the product make you feel?”
-the church: “how does your theology make you feel?”
Relativism is very polite, yet very impotent.
• If truth is based upon personal experience…whose?
• If there is no ‘objective truth’ then there is no ‘objective hope’.
• Ultimately, any society can only become so post-modern…
-The Book of Acts challenges our ideas of relativism…
“In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven…” Acts 1:1-2
III. How to find spiritual satisfaction (the Facts of Acts):
The spiritual climate found in the book of Acts is not too dissimilar to what we find in Canada:
• The religious (Jewish) world was divided into 2 major groups.
• The Roman world was largely secular serving money and power.
• The Greek world was spiritual, but completely pluralistic.
In the midst of this, Jesus’ church was born…
3 LESSONS FROM THE EARLY CHURCH
1. TAKE God’s WORD Seriously. (world’s oldest book)
This is a struggle for many of us–10 Commandments /10 Suggestions
-If you want to see God’s power in your life…
“…after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.” Acts 1:2
-the 1st thing Jesus did – “here’s the deal guys…”
“On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.” Acts 1:4a
-Jesus gave instructions… Naturally…“alright, let’s go gang!” …
-God’s word was specific: “Wait”
How can God’s Word make a difference in my life?
A. Decide if you BELIEVE that it is ‘GOD’S’ Word.
*(Billy Graham’s struggle…)
-The Bible is an issue of faith (you have to settle this one…)
B. Adjust your LIFESTYLE to God’s Word (don’t adjust God’s Word to fit your lifestyle.)
-Many of us have adjusted our theology to fit our lifestyle
-that sounds easier – but it pulls God out of the picture…
*(Furnace – change the filter – no heat…)
C. In your RELATIONSHIP with God, expect God to
SPEAK to you through His Word.
-The Point of the Bible is God revealing Himself to you…
2. RECEIVE God’s POWER Personally.
-Christianity was never meant to be another religion (another choice)