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Why is Politically Correct Spirituality so Unsatisfying?

Acts Series: “Completely Irreligious, yet Radically Christian” Part 1

Pastor Jeff Christopherson - January 12, 2003

Acts 1:1-11

-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…


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)

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Jerry Holland

commented on Apr 20, 2007

Great opening sermon.

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