Hey guys, Pastor Brad here. You do know we're at war, right?
I define CULTURE this way: the values, morals and mindset of a people group.
This is what Paul is referring to in Romans 12:2 (NIV) when he says, “Do not conform to the pattern (the culture: values, morals and mindset) of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
WE LIVE IN WORLDLY CUTURE—SO WE NEED DAILY INJECTIONS OF GOD CULTURE!
This is what Paul means by “be transformed by the renewing of your mind."
Literally, set your mind on things above, on God, on His Word--daily and allow His values, morals and mindset to transform you (your thinking/perspective on life)--from the inside out, so that you are made LIKE JESUS! Your mind is "transformed" FROM worldly---to godly!
The home is one of the primary places this battle takes place. The culture we live in does not honor marriage as sacred or holy. God created marriage to be the centerpiece of society and CULTURE. As a man and a woman, commit their lives to Jesus as Lord first, then to one another in selfless, Christ-like, covenant love—they establish a home, procreate and bring children into the world. Those children are raised in a context of godly love and discipline. They learn God's Truth, boundaries, and the blessings of discipline. They grow up with a mindset that “does unto others as we would have them do unto us…” … that loves God and walks with integrity… Children raised in this kind of home know who they are (loved children of their parents and their Heavenly Father)… they know where they come from (knit together by God in their mother’s womb), and where they are going---as Children of God—they live as grace-covered—redeemed—Holy Spirit-empowered ambassadors for the Kingdom of God in the here and now, knowing that when death comes—it is GAIN!
When a culture pushes God and His ways out of a culture, degrading marriage and sex and destroying God’s model for the home and parenting---ALL OF THE ABOVE GOES AWAY. Kids grow up with ZERO sense of where they come from, who they are, or where they are going. They literally become a product of the world’s culture (values, morals and mindset) and the result? Look around, we live in it.
THE FAMILY IS UNDER ATTACK—IT’S TIME FOR THE CHURCH TO WAKE UP!
At First Christian Church—we are shifting our focus. We are pouring our hearts into a vision for FAMILY MINISTRY. Instead of JUST doing children’s programs—where we have kid’s classes and events (we’ll continue to do some of that)—but we are calling moms and dads (& extended family) to wake up to the reality that THEY are the PRIMARY disciplers of their children. Moms and dads—need to RECAPTURE THE HIGH CALLING OF CHRISTIAN HOMELIFE---Where Jesus and His Word are worked into every conversation: at breakfast, in the car, at dinner time, bedtime, etc.
This is EXACTLY what the Great Commission of the Old Testament – Deuteronomy 6:4-9 teaches.
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.[a] 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
Pray together in the morning. When you talk about daily issues, include Jesus in the conversation. What would His thoughts be on the issue? Make decisions about your weekly schedule that demonstrate that Jesus is Lord. Have God time before bed--a story and prayer, works great! I.e. RECLAIM your home and your kids ON PURPOSE—for Jesus!
I totally get that you might not be a parent, or your kids might be grown, etc. But this is a message the WHOLE CHURCH needs to embrace. Singles, Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, Church Family--all of us can serve as exteneded family to the children in our world!
It's time to drive a stake and declare, "Christ, not our world’s culture, IS KING, and we are going to conduct our lives as such!"
WHEN YOU FILL YOUR MIND WITH GOD CULTURE—YOU WILL KNOW HIS WILL
Dude---if you fail to fill your life with God time—in His Word, personally and with His People (the church) in worship, study, prayer, fellowship, service, etc. Your mindset will consist of NOTHING except WORLDLY thoughts, values & morals---period. If you chose to live this way, please don’t blame God when your life is filled with confusion, fear, anxiety, anger, etc. – these are the fruit of a worldly life. BUT—if you fill your life with God, His Word and His Ways---you will experience the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Gal. 5:22-23). And Paul says in Romans 12:2 that you will be able to discern (test & approve) what God’s will is--His good, pleaseing and perfect will!
We’re in a fight, that’s for sure! But, we have the ultimate secret weapon---JESUS. He kind of created the universe, so I think we’re in good hands. I’ve read the end of the book and guess what? We win! Press into Him today my friend!
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