Walking Wisely: How Scripture Guides Our Thinking and Our Voting

Walking Wisely: How Scripture Guides Our Thinking and Our Voting Faithfulness During Political Divisiveness (Part 3) Selected Scriptures Recommended Resources How the Nations Rage, by Jonathan Leeman How Can I Love Church Members with Different Politics, by Jonathan Leeman Before You Vote, by David Platt One Nation Under God, by Ashford and Pappalardo God and Politics, by Mark Dever Key Idea: We must vote faithfully and wisely (or abstain from voting) according to our biblically informed conscience. I. Purpose: What is purpose of our government and the purpose of our vote? A. What......

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Faithfulness During Political Divisiveness (Matthew 22:14-22) - Part 2

Key idea – We live faithfully in politics by living faithfully for Christ I. Live in Truth II. Live out Love III. Live with a Message An ambassador is someone who lives in a foreign land but represents their own king. Three ways to live with a message: A. Gospel priority B. “Convictional kindness” C. Visible love We demonstrate love by living out the good we hope the government promotes. IV. Live by Faith The solution to our anger, frustration, worry, concern, judgementalism, fears, etc., is making sure we are not making politics about......

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Faithfulness During Political Divisiveness (Matthew 22:15-22) - Part 1

Key idea – We live faithfully in politics by living faithfully for Christ I. Live in Truth A. Recognize that the culture offers a faulty version of reality B. Recognize biases in the presentation of facts (both “liberal” and “conservative”) C. Recognize the complexity of the issues at stake D. Recognize the difference between “straight-line” and “jagged-line” issues II. Live out Love A. Think more highly of people, than your opinions B. See others as people to love, not political views to loathe C. See your judgmentalism as a greater sin than others’......

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Peace in a Pandemic (Psalm 131)

Key Idea: A peaceful heart comes from a humble heart that hopes in Christ. I. A Peaceful Heart Starts with Humility Humility (in Psalm 131) is living for God, by living dependent on God. Humility is living for God An anxious heart comes because we live for the wrong things. Humility is living dependent on God II. A Peaceful Heart Needs the Right Hope Hope offers a rested heart because it focuses on the right relationship, not the right circumstances. True hope only comes in Christ. Practical application: Seek to know Christ....

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Purposeful Suffering (John 15:1-11)

Key idea: We find joy in our sufferings when we embrace Christ’s loving purposes behind them. Four truths to inform and shape our theology of suffering: I. Suffering is not the whole story, but part of the greater story of redemption II. Suffering is not meaningless, but has greater purposes Applications: A. We embrace suffering by believing God’s purposes are greater than our own (James 1:2-4; 1 Peter 1:6-7). Suffering is not the greatest danger; sin and stagnancy are. B. We embrace suffering by redirecting our focus to faith in Christ. III. Suffering does......

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Safer-with-the-Church (Ephesians 4:11-16)

Key idea: The church is essential to us, and we are essential to the church. I. The Church is Essential to Us The picture we are given is that the church consists of believers transformed by the Gospel of Christ (chapters 1-3), united around the person of Christ (4:13), ministering the truths of Christ (4:15), so that everyone would be rooted in Christ (4:14), resulting in a family who loves like Christ (4:15-16). Ephesians 4 accomplishes at least two things: A. It recognizes the importance of the church B. It reconstructs our understanding of......

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Parenting – Faithfulness and Faith (Psalm 127)

Key Idea: We must give up the illusion of personal sovereignty I. Faithfulness – giving up the illusion of sovereignty reorients our faithfulness If what we are pursuing for our kids, is not what GOD is pursuing for our kids, God is not in that, and it is ultimately meaningless. Parenting is ultimately about addressing the worship of the heart with the truths of the Gospel. We see the law as important for wisdom and conviction, but incapable of saving We address the worship of the heart, not just their behavior We give......

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Online Church, Zoom Fatigue, and the Gospel

Key Idea: Perseverance is about hope in Christ. I. Remember the heart Philippians 4:6–7 a. Consider the sins and idolatries that make virtual church more difficult b. Consider how you are training your heart II. Recognize grace Philippians 1:12-13 a. It can create in us a greater longing and a deeper faith (Philippians 1) b. The opportunity to be a Mary in a Martha world (Luke 10:38-42) c. To build in you sympathy and compassion (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) d. To expand His kingdom (Philippians 1:12-13) III. Reorient your hope Philippians 1:21; 3:8; 3:14;......

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1. Live for Christ by living with Christ – The first Helper/Advocate/Counselor is Christ – The second Helper/Advocate/Counselor is the Holy Spirit – The role of the Holy Spirit (from Dr. Bruce Ware in Father, Son, & Holy Spirit): – The Spirit Assists in Carrying out the Work of the Father – Spirit works to glorify the Son – Special revelation, inspired by the Spirit, Focuses on Christ – Evangelism, empowered by the Spirit, proclaims the Gospel of Christ – Regeneration, brought about by the Spirit, brings new life in Christ -Sanctification, progressively......

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