The Kingdom of God and Creating a Culture
We need to stop reacting to culture, and start creating one.
We come to an understanding of truth in the brotherhood and community. We need to put issues out and address them.
Doctrine and Practice
Hebrews 5:11-6, I Corinthians 3:9
It matters a great deal how we build our Christian culture.
How are we building on the foundation of Christ?
The culture wars of the twentieth century are over. Christianity has lost… Mainstream Christians have lost their distinctiveness from pagan culture. The pagans have won… at least for now.
How did this happen? Two contributing issues:
Soteriology: what must we do to be saved?
Ecclesiology: what is the church?
Who is Jesus?
What is the Church?
Who belongs to it?
Who says so?
All this keys into the question of building a culture. How questions are answered form a culture. If we learn to ask questions and not answer them that creates a culture as well.
The key confession of all Christians must be this, that Jesus Christ is Lord of all and it must be publicly proclaimed.
Can we make that confession when it counts? Jesus is Lord, and it does matter HOW we live.
The only earthly organization that will transcend time and eternity is the Church. If we believe that then why should we be afraid to give anything for the Kingdom of God? Why shouldn’t we be excited about the Church?
Jesus did confer authority on the Church. How this works is not so clear, but it is undeniable from Scripture.
Never judge where your at as a person or group by a single event. How do they stack up? Are we learning from our mistakes?
If the person knows you love them they can deal with you making mistakes.
Building on the gospel foundation… be sure we are building on Christ.
How are we building?