We’re talking about creating culture, not reacting to it.
Continuing on from where we stopped in session 3.
Values lead to …Passion.
Passionate people are the people with impact. Passionate salesmen sell things.
You cannot manufacture passion. It must come from core values.
First, we must be saved. Then we are to build on that with personal sanctification “Unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”. This is the goal… discipleship.
It is on this basis that we create Christian culture THROUGH the Church community. The Kingdom of God— Jesus reigns…
This can’t happen backwards. Not that culture cannot be a help and witness to the unsaved, but it must begin with an experience of salvation.
CROSSING THE BRIDGE:
After the idealism is over, you can almost always get people to agree with the ideals.
On one side of the bridge are ideals (which are typically not the problem); On the other side of the bridge are habits of life. I have never heard someone say “I’m praying too much”… I’ve heard often, “my prayer life is falling to pieces”.
How do I get across the bridge to where my ideals are made into habits of life? Repentance! Obedience… or alignment.
What are our habits?
Social media/technology… the truth of the matter is that we are almost losing it. Often it is replacing our devotional life.
“Put first things first” — Covey
Our ideals have to translate into habits or else you lose them. Fathers need to put first things first to create a Christian culture in the home.
Diversity… We need Identity and Belonging. To get here we need to submit to one another.
Some specific things we’ve done seeking to build a Kingdom culture:
(Culture: an array/mosaic of love-values)
- Song- the ARTS; A very powerful creator of culture.
- Story- our HEROES;
- Worship- acts of corporate unity
- Education- defining the CURRICULUM
- Aesthetics- our definitions of BEAUTY
- Stewardship- our use of RESOURCES
- Tradition- our LITURGIES
- Boundaries- life DEFINITIONS
- Love and Belonging- for everybody