Pastor John Young concludes his series of messages on Culture and Creation by relating the story in Matthew 12:41, where Jesus is watching people put their offerings in the collection box at the temple. He calls his disciples’ attention to the poor widow who has given two tiny coins … practically valueless, but all she had … and praises it high above relatively vast amounts given by the wealthy.
Often when we come up on an opportunity to do something for the Lord, we think it’s not good enough. But it’s what we have, and God will work through us when we’re willing to give it. Message delivered 9/1/13.
The story of Jacob, from the book of Genesis, provides an illustration of how most people tend to operate in this culture and of how we can follow the plan God created. Jacob, whose name literally means “deceiver” or “grasper”, goes through a series of experiences of deceiving others and being deceived. But he ends up wrestling with “a man” who turns out to be the pre-incarnate Christ. He can’t win the fight, but he doesn’t give up, either, and is renamed Israel (literally “God will prevail”). In that experience he goes from one who pushes his way through life to one who hangs onto God. Message delivered 8/25/13.
Also during the worship service, there were testimonies from Rick Schwein and Patti Lloret (in which she sings the song “Treasure”) reflecting on their participation in the “Not a Fan” study.
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Another testimony during the service was from Ron Carter, sharing an insight that God gave him recently. 130825-Ron Carter testimony
Pastor John Young continues to examine and contrast where culture is today with how God intended it as expressed in the Bible. He says it is obvious that the philosophies of life today are headed in a certain direction and they are starkly different from what scripture says. Message delivered 8/18/13.
As Pastor John examines the battle ground between what our culture has become and what God intended when he created us, he examines the fruit of the Spirit. He defines that fruit as the work of God in our hearts to enable us to live out what we believe. Message delivered 8/11/13.
This is a series exploring the battle ground of God’s creation versus our culture, and things that develop over time that challenge what scripture says about life. He has placed us in the middle and called us to be his witnesses to the world around us. Pastor John explores the topic of sexuality, contrasting what the world and the church have to say about it, and what Jesus has to say. Message delivered 8/4/13.
Pastor John says it’s amazing what things have become part of our culture that are not God’s design for our lives. If we’re going to live out what we’re called to, we’ve got to trust what scripture says and we’ve got to face the difficult challenges that come upon us. The Christian culture has become basically a sub-culture and the battle lines were drawn along theological and ideological boundaries: becoming about what we think what you should do and how you should live. But that wasn’t how Jesus approached the battle.
Message delivered 7/28/13.
Pastor John Young launches what he calls a journey, an investigation, into how our culture impacts us, who God is in the middle of it all, and what it means for us as Christ-followers. The World does not know where it is going: after all, it is fallen. So when we look to our culture to decide what is right and what is true, we are headed for trouble. Message delivered 6/30/13.