Throughout history Christians have taken many different postures toward the culture around them. In this series we'll examine the various postures that Christians have taken to the cultures in which they live and discuss how ultimately we should be people who create/make culture... specifically being a people who embody the kingdom of God (a new culture) to the world around us.
This Week's Action Step:
Be the culture you want to create. Look for tangible ways to live out these values this week.
Small Group Questions:
John 15:18-19, John 17:15-18, Acts 17:16-34
1. Read John 15:18-19. What does Jesus mean when he says, “… the world hates you?” Can you think of examples where Christians are hated by the world? Have you ever felt hated by the world?
2. Read John 17:15-18. Since Jesus has clearly “sent us into the world,” how are we to rightly be IN the world but not OF it? What does that mean?
3. Of the typical postures towards culture that were discussed in the sermon (Condemning, Critiquing, Copying, and Consuming), which one(s) do you tend to take most naturally? Can you give examples of when you have taken one (or several) of these postures towards culture?
4. What are some ways we (the church) can move beyond these typical postures and actually begin to create culture?
5. Go through our church’s 7 values (Prayerful, Hospitable, Relational, Generous, Authentic, Excellent, Simple). Which one(s) of these come more naturally to you? In other words which ones are easier for you to live out? Which one(s) are more difficult?
6. What practical steps can you take to grow in the values that you struggle with the most?
Songs from Today
Your Love Awakens Me by Chris Quilala and Phil Wickham
Tremble by Andres Figueroa, Hank Bentley, Mariah McManus, and Mia Fieldes
Living Hope by Brian Johnson and Phil Wickham
What A Beautiful Name by Ben Fielding and Brooke Ligertwood
Jesus We Love You by Hannah McClure, Kalley Heiligenthal, and