Pastor Gary speaks about following Jesus in a politically divided world.
Reflections On Our Nation
We have some concerns….
So, what does the church do in politically turbulent times?
We proclaim God’s truth. (Zech. 7:9-10)
We humble ourselves before God and others. (Acts 12:21-24)
We make disciples.
So how do we as individuals respond?
The following is a part of a commitment card that Dr. Martin Luther King gave to people who wanted to be a part of a movement of justice and love. They would commit to doing these steps:
Meditate daily on the teachings and life of Jesus.
Remember always that we seek justice and reconciliation, not victory.
Walk and talk in the manner of love, for God is love.
Pray daily to be used by God in order that all people might be free.
Sacrifice personal wishes in order that all people might be free.
Observe, with both foe and friend, the ordinary rules of courtesy.
Seek to perform regular service for others and for the world.
Refrain from violence of fist, tongue, or heart.
Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide
God has given an incredible gift to us. Sometimes we’re not as appreciative of it as we should be, because it can really be irritating. Fortunately, at times it commends us, as well. It’s called the conscience.
What is it?
There are reasons that your conscience may be wrong in what it’s telling you.
Your conscience may need to be further educated. (Psalm 119:11)
Your conscience may be wrong if it’s become seared. (I Tim. 4:2).
It can be retrained again:
Through taking in God’s word
Through obeying its promptings
An illustration of ignoring your consci
ence (1 Samuel 27:3-4)
Can you hear it now?
Part 2 of Pastor Gary’s series –
Following Jesus In a Smart Phone World.
Face to Face
We’re going to talk about the 10 commandments of digital life. Following these will allow us to lead appropriate digital lives with God’s help.
Make technology your servant, not your master. – Matthew 7:12
Don’t compare your actual inside to another person’s virtual outside. – 2 Corinthians 10:12
Don’t allow digital discontent to produce an ungrateful heart. – 1 Timothy 6:6
Post humbly – Proverbs 3:34
Don’t confuse online popularity with authentic community. – Proverbs 18:24
Spend more time face-to-face than on Facebook. – Genesis 40:7
Don’t write something online you wouldn’t say to someone’s face. – Matthew 18:15
Behave on your little screen like it’s going to be seen on a big screen. – Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Honor the digital Sabbath and keep it holy. – Romans 8:6, Romans 12:12
Who you are in God matters more than who you are online. – Romans 5:8
Derived from the writings of John Ortberg
For further reading:
12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You
by Tony Reinke, John Piper
– Psalm 139 All By My Selfie
Technology has brought a great deal of blessing to our lives.
Technology can be disruptive to our lives, our brains and our relationships.
It can be ______________.
It can cause _______________ with others.
If I’m going to connect with God, sometimes, I have to ________________ from technology. (Psalm 46:10)
Declare a tech _____________.
Spend some ______________________ time in relationships.
Start your day with _________, and end your day with ___________.
Read a book together.
12 “potential” ways that your phone habits may be changing you—and in ways you might not want:
We Are Addicted to Distraction
We Ignore Our Flesh and Blood
We Crave Immediate Approval
We Lose Our Literacy
We Feed on the Produced
We Become Like What We “Like”
We Get Lonely
We Get Comfortable in Secret Vices
We Lose Meaning
We Fear Missing Out
We Become Harsh to One Another
We Lose Our Place in Time
12 Ways your Phone Is Changing You by Tony Reinke, John Piper
Pastor Mark’s sermon concludes our series The Good Life.
Choose God’s Protection
Be alert (v. 18) 1 Peter 5:8
Be strong in the Lord (v. 10)
Put on God’s armor (v. 11)
Extinguish (v. 16) Key = Faith!
Stand (vv. 11, 13, 14) 2 Thessalonians 3:3, Psalm 3:3. 1 John 4:4, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” ~James 4:7
Pray/Keep on praying (v. 18) Prayer is connection Prayer is a weapon
“The Victor is sure and the victory secure, but till judgment we all must endure…”~Bob Hartman, Petra “This Means War”