God has an eternal purpose in Christ for the church. The local church has its place in that purpose; we do well to explore it and manifest it to the glory of God.
The Western world has become disenchanted, expelling God from His own creation. The result has proven less than pleasant. God is the God of the living, not the dead; the universe is not a lifeless void with us as a cosmic accident, but full of the glory of God with humans as His crowning creation.
Western society is all about #1: me. Rampant individualism is the name of the game today in society and all too often in religion. But is life all about me? What is God’s purpose for me in Christ?
Blessed are the poor? Turn the other cheek? Love your enemies? Suffer without responding in kind? To the world, the life God expects Christians to live is sheer foolishness. But to those who are being saved it is the power of God.
The early church had plenty of dangers from persecuting forces. Yet another influence would prove more insidious: false teachers and their false doctrines. We do well to understand the New Testament warnings about false teachers.
Worldviews: everybody has one. If we wish to serve the Lord and obtain the resurrection, we must develop a Biblical worldview.
We live in interesting times. We may have been born and raised here, or have made this our adopted country, but we still do not exactly feel at home. Should we try to take back the country? Or should we recognize that we never really truly fit in–nor should fit in–but should live as sojourners and exiles in the land?
A lot of people think they have left stories behind them. Yet we all understand who we are and what we are about through stories. Is our story that of the people of God?
What happens when a culture denies God as their Creator and do not believe man is made in His image? Among other things, they end up making a god out of sex.
What happens when a culture does not honor God as the Creator and does not think man is made in His image? People are given over to their lusts. And so it is today.