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Logo of Michigan Camp Meeting 2019: As a Witness, Matthew 24:14

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  • June 15, 2019
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Father in heaven. There we may have a visible role of teachers we are asking for you to feel the promise that your spirit would lead us into all truth and have your spirit be our teacher and guide in Jesus name He-Man Lord Amen amen families a fake the memory text comes from Hebrews Chapter 12 which says Therefore let us run with in durance the race that is set before us looking into Jesus the author and finisher of our faith who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross despising the shame and I set down at the right hand of the throne of God that word endure or endure it comes up twice there what Christ endured We also and light of his in durance and pushing through we have to endure some things as well and the thing specifically that this week's lesson focused on families enduring is the onslaught of culture and the relationship that the family and the church family has in connection with culture right there in the Sabbath afternoon when we find in the middle of that 1st paragraph is that our parents our children our homes our families even our church are all impacted by the culture in which they exist and greatly to. As we talked about this in our little preemie we talked about the can connection of family and culture and the relationship of those 2 what do we see when we look at the church or the local family as relates to culture is the is the local Church of the local nuclear family immune from culture just because we're in the church or still culture an issue that we face today one of the things that we discussed was I asked each of us you know do you know what your house smells like. And we don't because we are accustomed to whatever aroma that might be and Mark shared that his house may know like a dog because they have a dog there but I imagine that there is you know my house may smell like garlic I don't know but you don't know what your house smells like either unit you need an outsiders come in to tell you hey your house smells like the breeze or whatever. Culture is like that we would not we have a difficult time identifying my own culture what my culture is and we can maybe discern with greater ease other people's cultures we can discern other people or that belongs to this person or that person that group but we're not very good at identifying our own culture Ok so there's kind of a sumption in your statement there that everyone has some cultural background it's not like some people or culture in other people don't have children we all come from are made a part of something right absolutely and even when we think about the work culture I think all too often we we narrow it down to a pacifist ethnic group but I share that me and my husband we may come from the same cultural background but we don't have the same cultural He grew up in a different home the idea the way we deal with conflict was different in the way they dealt with conflict the way that they don't with discipline was different in the way that we dealt with this plan so culture is a very broad aspect to talk about and so often times will seem to you know you're right you think of ethnic culture you I think of a nationality or you're from this country from that country or from this time but there's also a church culture versus what we would just deem the world yes right. Now is it that is that the right place for the church or church families to look at the other world culture and say like that is over there that is bad and that what everything we have here is good or what she how should we relate to culture let's talk about that a little bit well if you look at a picture last night I was looking at this is I was you know studying the picture in the in your lesson there's a little graphic about Sabbath in the never noticed that there's a house that is separated from the rest of the houses. And I think it goes to illustrate something that may be visually try to convey to us the the answer of are we affected are we not their houses in the neighborhood but as detached from the other houses the you see that So for me that's a visual illustration of a Christian home we are in the world but we're not of the world and that's the tension point because we all when we say you know we come out of Babylon I have 2 daughters either born in Canaan. Or will they also have to be born or come out of their Babylon because I appreciated that appeal you know I'm a how do I know that I'm not a Babylon just because I am here in this on this day right because people that came to church on this they also crucified Jesus 2000 years ago so what is the culture that we're speaking of that we ought not to be and what is the culture that we ought to to be long tour aimed toward towards the direction Ok so culture is not inherently good or inherently bad and it's good to have connection in a society that we're part of but we need to be careful that we don't just say oh it's part of my culture and that's good or part of it and that's bad we have to be discerning when it comes to matters of culture personal culture does not mean take a hands off don't don't talk to me about that is my culture I believe that the lesson in discussion we had is all of us need to take the advise of Jesus in which he said is there something in your eye. Don't become such an expert in other people's eyes but rather become an expert in your own eye because there may be a plank they can out of yours I mean the brother said I didn't know was in darkness I grew up in the administration but it wasn't until I accepted Christ I was in darkness too and so what is it to be in darkness how can you be in this kind of mill you and still be in darkness just because we are part of this admin is church physically in this in this institution does not mean you and I may not be in darkness there is something deeper that has a take place and maybe even if we are in the church or even have a relationship with Christ is wrong there are still some things in us that need to be removed that we might have some from from our own home our own ethnic our own national whatever the culture is our modern technological society that are not compatible with the Word of God and there still needs to be continued growth to develop a society mindset based on Heaven's principles and earthly presume then yes so let's take a look at that x. Chapter 10 the question was asked in Sunday's lesson what can we learn here about our need to overcome our own barriers and prejudice when dealing with other cultures Ok so let's go to Acts chapter 10 and we're not we don't have time to read the whole thing but Mark can you give us a little summary of what stories contained in Acts chapter 10 well in Acts chapter 10 you have the. Call of Peter to the house of Cornelius in essence to minister to a gentile family that prior to that point to him was just something he shouldn't do intermingle with the class of people that household represented and put a little context in this if you call. The day of Pentecost happened back in Acts chapter 2 Peter had been reinstituted in the ministry by Jesus himself you know at the if you love me feed my sheep a hoping he was a new man he stood up boldly for the truth in Acts chapter 2 but even by Acts chapter 10 when the same Jesus that are now go to the household of Cornelius he said not so a slowdown. He had to work out something that culturally he's brought up with that there was that Jew in gentile distinction that needed to be maintained in order to to continue to be a good Christian in good standing right he could not he couldn't resolve this in his mind a little bit was a challenge for him it was a challenge and I think the beauty of this is the beauty of this story which I personally can identify with I want to throw myself under the bus Ok that we all have and in the lesson it talked about barriers and prejudice right and some of those are passed down to us from generation to generation and some of those we pick up along the way but God came face to face as it were with Peter and he confronted him with something that in and of himself was. A construct for himself and I think later on in the story it talked about how Peter had added to what God had given him because we are supposed to be a peculiar people right we're supposed to be separate we are supposed to be different but Peter at other things the Jews have added other things on to that story that God had not given them and so therefore they distorted that and they made it more of a prejudice which made them go like this to the very people they got a given the mission to go and share the gospel with God said You will be a light to the nations and they became a dark wall yes that had been done through culture you know that the story of acts in that series of passages it finishes with 1st doesn't use 521 and 22 which is what's on his lesson is you know in title hold fast to what is good but I read the context of the last night and the context of his is do not despise prophecies of the prophetic game. Used to study everything but Holdfast of what is good in the context is being guided by a vision that surpasses our vision in the Old Testament prophets recalls years and you know that's a challenge we culture we usually like what we see our sister said Babylon is pretty right remember that Babylon is beautiful and some cultures have some things that may be attractive visually but God's eyes who he reveals through His prophets going to give us insights as to what parts of culture are to be accepted and what parts of culture out to be removed or rejected we don't have that kind of eyesight I want I cannot trust myself to say this part of Argentinian culture is kosher. Maybe it's not in I need to be more more inclined to say yes I would go in Argentina a naturalized u.s. citizen but my citizenship is in heaven so I have to aim higher I know I cannot justify Christian behaviors or habits simply because of my earthly cultures I have to be continually shed those things off of me and continually go to the prophetic eyes of God in Corinthians Paul says that the gift of prophecy reveals to each of us our thoughts and motives and a lot of times we kind of canopy behaviors that are treasured to us our idols and we excuse them on the basis of culture Well it's my culture I eat this or we do this or we do that because of culture well I need to be careful that I'm not justifying something that is an idol because of culture. You know one of the things I find interesting in the story of Peter and Cornelius is obviously Peter had some deep seated cultural barriers that the Lord was trying to work out of him but oftentimes we tell that story and say Look Peter was just you know had this you know he was a bigot and he had it down look prejudiced and looking down on these other people and the Lord had to wipe that out of him in court and we almost make it like everything in the Gentile culture was just hunky dorey it was just the Jews probably but there were some serious issues in the Gentile world that need to be addressed to so Peter had to overcome some of his issues and there needed to be some overcoming on the other side as well so they could alias Exactly so if you look at for instance in Acts Chapter 15 they didn't just say all right now all Gentiles come on in no problem now they said there are still some necessary things you need to stop that idolatry and stop that immorality I don't care if it was your culture out here but your religious upbringing it's wrong according to the Word of God And so both sides had to really evaluate their approach to each other based on that higher standard of the Word of God and we need to think about that as we deal with cultural things just because it's culture doesn't mean it's good nor does it mean it's bad but we have to test all things according to the standard of Scripture you know I keep thinking about this whole thing and the thing that course we talk about the Gentile culture but the Peter's culture that drew him to do what he did was a religious culture and I think it's important for us to realise that there are things that we might have in our Christian culture that aren't Christian Amen that do we do but we wouldn't find a basis in the Word of God even more important I think. Our culture we could grow up in an abacus culture we could do all the right things we go to church on the right day to do all kinds of biblical things that our life could be perfectly in harmony outwardly with the Word of God and yet we don't have a clue why we believe what we believe we don't know where to go in Scripture we don't know how to substantiate it and we're inch we're shifting sand because of culture changes and we're going to change with it because we did know not to you know we showed you guys last night how in college in nursing school I became good friends with a gentleman that was a Jew and of hey we've got something in common here Sabbath and I'm going to talk to him as if I was talking to heaven it is and he tells me I'm an atheist that you do a big monkey wrench in my head how can you be a Jew and an atheist but he said I'm a cultural Jew and we have some cultural Adventists that advocate something that is actually false and shell void of the substance of what happens isn't truly is what we talked about this a little bit last night I remember my family left the church we were out of church for a long time and I remember that there were things I wouldn't do I mean I was drinking alcohol but I wouldn't eat pork you know what was that about and Cameron I ran into a young guy maybe here today who came into the church he was in prison he read a great controversy he learned about the Sabbath from the lady who sold him marijuana because she wouldn't sell it to him on the Sabbath and I said it's got to be cultural administers actually I mean I grew up in a church I can remember you don't watch television or you on the Sabbath because if you watch your favorite sports team play and you're breaking the Sabbath by watching them play they're going to lose because God is going to get you back so I think was a Sabbath exactly but to go back to your point about admin is culture one of the great concerns that I have growing up in the 7 demonstrate because I mean my culture you're like 16th generation exactly but but seriously we were on an executive committee somewhere and we were trying to take up they had to do a cultural sensitivity training and part of that you had to do a little. Reflection about your own cultural upbringing and of course it asked for your age and it was just drop down screen and as I get older I had to go all the way down to get there and I got there and they had gender and praise the Lord there are only the 2 options because it's good but then when it got to ethnicity it was Blake and it just didn't fit and I didn't know what it was asking like is it saying Are you quite Or are you an American what is ethnicity inside kind of Google has to be what what society are you a part of what culture do you most resonate with and I realize more than any language or color or even nationality the culture that I identify with most in all the world is the 7th Day Adventist Church. And I literally on the form put I'm an admin Istomin. And because I've been around and different places in the world and there can be different food there can be different dress that can be different all kinds of cultural treated but if we share that 3 angels messages and you know those kind of rich that's a that's a family that I'm a part of more than any other earthly family and and I thought oh they're good that safety but if all I know about 7th Day Adventists is the cultural elements the can't meeting routine the church school program the Sabbath school schedule the nomenclature the haystacks in the veggie meet friends I can tell you that many many of the people who are in the church I grew up in were cultural admin as went to the classrooms that I separate are no longer in the church but there culturally they still have they know when the sun goes down they has another same reflex they can they know how to make a haystack just right. But are they connected personally to Jesus Christ at the residential if we right away it's I mean no I was going to say and we talked about this last night some years ago when my older 2 children were younger my husband we were half having family worship and so he said to my son and my daughter you know that you're not Christians right. And they were devastate they did not understand what just happened like that daddy just did our family just completely walk away from God like what's going on and what he had to explain to them was that you have been raised in a Christian home your mother and father are Christians and we are raising you in a Christian context but you have not yet shelves and to follow Christ yourselves so you too are not Christians and it's a commitment for that to see into their minds but they have mention we got it eventually understood that they could not write our quote tales because you learn behaviors you can very limited be outwardly havior isn't but you can not even see it conversion absolute that cannot be produced humility John chapter one says that we are not born out of flesh or the will of man or book of blood but of God and you cannot be I mean the lesson goes into this 1st generation faith there are no grandkids in God's eyesight there are only children who must be born again you know one of the things we talked about it was interesting to me in Scripture that the lesson brought up the story of Abraham and you know course you have the call of Abraham and then when God came to Isaac and called Isaac he introduced himself as the God of Abraham I said I am the God of Abraham he wasn't God of Isaac until I was who chose him in fact he said Abraham your father obeyed my voice so you know he was saying to in essence you could choose me too and then when you come to the children of Isaac both children of Isaac did not make a decision to follow Christ and when when God came to Jacob he said I am the God of your father Abraham in the God of your father Isaac now it was Jacob's turn and it's interesting to me that Jacob had that experience we had the dream with the latter and he named the place Bethel which means house of God because he said Surely God is in this place and when years later God called him back home he said Jacob I am the God of Bethel So now he points to Jacob's personal experience that's what made him a Christian and of course you come to the exodus when God comes to Moses you said I'm the God of Abraham Isaac and the God of Jacob that you can start that way and to make personal choices Absolutely and in Jesus' own in John Chapter 8 there's an encounter. Jesus had with the Jewish leaders and they prided themselves on their Jewish identity their cultural upbringing their genetic biological descendant the right and Jesus said this and you can find this in John Chapter 8 starting with verse 37 Jesus said to those people he said I know that you are Abraham's descendants. Because they were trying to make their claim of superiority based on their biological and spiritual heritage he said I know that you are Abraham's children but you seek to kill me because my word has no place in you I speak what I have seen with my father and you do what you've seen with your father. They answered and said to him Abraham is our Father. And Jesus said to them if you were Abraham's father and if you were Abraham's children you would do the works of Abraham but now you seek to kill me a man who has told you the truth which I heard from God Abraham did not do this you know anything that is. Cultural adamant is this is that that's the new that the Bible reveals to us eventually we will eventually get to the point as cultural Adventists of saying we have no king but Caesar because as it would eventually these religious leaders are right now they're being very convicting you know like we have Abraham Abraham God is our father but when it came to choosing Jesus or barabus which was barabus and Caesar they sold out and the very values these bows went when push comes to shove because it was just they had not that direct connection with God It was only a facade and it was shattered it had been a personal choice you know in Genesis Chapter 12 when the call of Abraham comes out this last night I was reading it is an American version says in Genesis one now the Lord said to Abraham go forth or get out from your country from your relatives from your father's house to the land which I will show you and in the Hebrew it emerges says the literal expression from God when he says Go Forth is go for yourself. You yourself have to make this choice don't do what your daddy does don't do what you grab but did don't stay in the same country don't say stay in the same clan I'm calling you to a different culture it was just a land but God was trying to shed Abraham's because they were I don't worshipers and we know that. From scripture so in order for God to teach him a different culture God had to remove remove him from the culture he was in and for me personally you know I grew up you know admin is culture that God had to remove me from the culture that we watch all sorts of garbage until the sun goes goes down and they would turn it off and they would turn it back on once a sun goes down instead of morning evening and garbage thought is something that you don't do on Sabbath but the reality is that garbage is something which is going to 70 of the weeks when I ship on Sabbath but we don't allow garbage just because the sun has gone down in that culture Adventism God had to remove me from that so that I could. Smell my house for the 1st time and let you know this stinks here I don't like trash God loves holiness and righteousness and that's a culture that is different that we can not manufacture humility. I was just thinking about with what you said you know don't do half your father's and when Stephen was before the Sanhedrin What did what was his message to them as your fathers did so do you and I read there's a fascinating passage in the book great controversy where Ellen White says that one of the chief reasons that Christ sent his apostles back to the Jewish nation for that final 3 and a half years of the prophecy was to give the children a chance to make the decisions their parents never do. Every generation has an opportunity to choose Christ it's a personal choice. What incredible but now we hear a lot about celebrating culture these days and obviously we can and enjoy personal preferences and you know things we remember from a PRNG but biblically speaking we should not just blindly celebrate whatever culture or part of part of being a Bible based Christian is challenging that culture according to the higher standard of God's word you know it kind of like what Ariel is talking about like oh I grew up in a home where our Sabbath keeping was like this so that makes Ever notice the you everybody else you grew up what you grew up with was normal Yeah yeah everybody else was a little bit crazy but what are the other I mean other people like oh my goodness they do that they are liberal. Or those other people although some trail mix leading conservatives over the you know but what we do at home I just happen to be born and where everything is exactly balance is so balance or we need to have that humility and honesty with God's word to say you know maybe what I currently practice or I've been brought up in that is not according to God's standard and I think learning also the difference between preference and principle I think that is very important I think that we toggle between all felines and all people do it you know and and I try to teach I try to teach. Children that you have to be able to use the word to be able to determine there are many of us who have preferences but we try to hide them under principal and vice versa so there is a difference and the green some ways than as parents of children which is the family is the focus of this lesson maybe my goal now isn't. I maybe I shouldn't want my girls to live up to what I believed maybe I would need to rejoice if my girls could say we did these things in my house but now I've learned that we were supposed to be here and rather than feel ashamed think Praise the Lord because this is part of the Protestant Reformation the process Reformation is not over yet it hasn't in the way does it is still moving forward you know Tuesday they. Called it sustaining families through seasons of change but after our discussion last night I've changed it to encouraging families to have seasons of change maybe we are not yet comfortable like to say well they over there have to change but maybe all of us could go home myself included with my wife ask ourselves Are we the normal. Or are there things that we ought to change and where do we go right to see what things in our house need to be continually revised and brought to the Word of God for examination you know Mark and I get to travel around to do trainings for local church families because church families develop their own culture too this is how we do it here in this is what it's like in this church family it is cute it's quaint in some pose things are totally fine but it's very difficult to be introspective and say like are we doing this because it's the best thing for the mission are we doing this because it's the right thing to do or the most effective and soul winning or is it just because we always do it and this is why talks about we need to break up a disturbed the monotony of our religious routine that it would be good for us to challenge our personal or our nuclear family or even our church family cultures based on that word of God in the Insight from the Spirit of Prophecy as Mark that it's a big. Church families have are but we've always done it this way I mean that lady right there sister I knew Sister Jane she busted up a whole bunch of those things but our sacred cows we are way more careful in slaughtering our sacred collars than we think we are I have heard some of them like your Give me a heart like that that I'm willing to right now to touch up stuff up because right now I can tell that there are things that I but not this one. Yet we always talk about revival of reformation we're always begin to revival part but that reformation is the hour right now we have a few minutes left I really want to get to this because one of the think Oh God Mark I was that you mentioned thinking about I'm looking at examples us specially of Esther and Daniel he and I Michel Azariah and and I'm thinking of Joseph too or you read that Joseph conversion was largely due to that experience of him being taken to slavery and sometimes as those crises you said Reformation is hard you ever notice that reformation easy when for example if a doc tells you got cancer guess what Reformation suddenly becomes very Harrison look at things that you've been wanting to cut out of your life forever all of a sudden right so the hardships. Oh God wants to give us blessing sometimes their blessing in disguise in his heart yet so maybe that's his way to help us refocus on that reformation that so desperately needed Yes and I'm glad you brought it up because that was actually one of the most impactful things to the story that they brought up of these individuals I think we have movie the Bible so much and glamorized you know all these parts that we don't realize that these were real people who went real experiences again I reflect on the beautiful testimony of our sister and one of the things if you notice that she said at the end. I need a new family. And she's reaching out her hand and she's coming as she is and sometimes we can be very I'm just to be honest sometimes we can be so culturally Adventists that we don't understand that people are coming from some place and they still have they need time to grow and to mature and so we have to be willing to take back our barriers I always say this all relationships every last relationship on planet Earth requires boundaries no functional relationship can happy functional without boundaries but barriers are different and so we have to be willing to look at our barriers and understand we discern of those to God work within God's boundaries of protection but allow those who are coming out of wherever they're coming out of they're not going to look like us they're going to be people who are tatted up people who may smell like certain things who may look like certain things we have to understand we're living in a time we have to be prepared for that and allow them to super high give people time to grow and transition from the culture that they're coming from not to our culture but to Christ you know when I when I study with people that are just coming into the church and I'm opening and becoming vulnerable with you as a pastor. I struggle sometimes because I begin to teach them things from the Bible and I see how willing they are ready these people are to shed these things and embrace the truth but then I have to explain to them listen you're joining a church that is not perfect and so you may see some of the things that you see in the Bible but you won't see necessarily on the Saints well and so for me is every church needs to guard themselves that we don't become stumbling blocks because new members expect everybody to like you said you know all of you guys know your Bible so well well you would have said that some me 15 years ago you know when you said Ariel tell us about the message I want to be like the message to the shepherds the message to this. Day Well I do but there's another 30 injured in there I didn't know anything because I was cultural so many new people that are coming into the church assume that everybody is just as on fire just as committed just as willing to bring down the idols and we're not and for us as admin is these people will tell you what your church smells like most effectively and listen to them. Well that's a scathing review Thank you brother but it's true it's true. In a Jesus loves you kind of way and. Now I want to I want to do something object out of the lesson I don't want to leave without you know his point is I notice that throughout the lesson we talk about culture as though it is an imposition or it is a pressure being put out and there's a lot of truth to that we talk about the Hollywood culture and the social media culture in the digital age and all the negative influences that are out there in the negative news cycles that are bombarding us all and we almost get the picture that we just have to hunker down. And hang on and pray our way through you know the memory verse and the insurance right. But Mrs White gives us this fascinating counsel to review this from admin is home page 15 because oftentimes you'll hear things like oh society does this is listen what she says about society she says society is composed of families and it is that is society is what the heads of families make it. She continues out of the heart of the issues of life in the heart of the community of the church and of the nation is the household the well being of society the success of the church the prosperity of the nation depend upon home influences the elevation or deterioration of the future of society will be determined by the manners and morals of the young growing up around us. Sometimes we see we sit in a posture in regards to society and the culture around us as though we are hapless passive victims who just to have to hold on to hopefully not get contaminated. When the reality of God has put us as Bible believing Christians in this world not to just react to but by God's grace help influence and shape the culture for a better society that we should not always be on the defensive but friends we have a responsibility to be on the often sieve and changing the culture to make it more and loaded with Christ through our own household influence you know that makes me I'm sorry don't even know I was going to say that I've always felt this to the core there are churches are only as strong as the families that are in it and I hate to say it but our flat families are being attacked left and wrapped in the church is so easy to look outside the church but in the church Satan is ravaging our families and it is heartbreaking it's heartbreaking you know I was thinking about the Pat you know in terms of church being in the office if there's a passage where Jesus tells his disciples that. Told Peter on this rock I build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against him for the longest time I had heard that for some reason as your huddled within these gates like you're saying there you know in thinking that the path the powers of Hell are coming in at you but it's not the gates of the church it's the gates of hell. And it's hell that's huddled down from the attacks of the church and Jesus is saying Gates of Hell I'm not going to prevail you're going to break down the gate you're going to go in you're going to influence and I was thinking about that the ministry of Christ Christ did not withdraw himself from society and he was an influence or not an influence see a man and he will empower us as individuals in his family to be influencers in this world so the culture of Christ that is cultivated in the home shouldn't just stay in the home in fact if we're living as Enoch lived as a minister and a witness as jesus lived in the world then we should have the privilege of being an influencer of the society around us and according to Sr White we have the opportunity and the responsibility to help shape future society by our current upbringing and standards in the home I think that we are reaping the benefits now and is not a benefit is actually. The Western culture is very much to itself we don't want people coming to our homes we don't want people to come anywhere around us will go to church as a young Sabbath and then after that I don't like the place it is My Space This is I don't want you there and I think this this I don't want to call it millennial culture they're starving for what is a father look like through can what is a mother look like what is a family look like when we worked on a university campus it just broke my heart how many young people didn't have that they didn't have they didn't know what a family looked like and so now more than ever they need for us to open up to show them not just you know how to eat how to dress but how to deal with conflict how do you resolve an issue or do you just get divorced because that's an issue for them now you know so we that is definitely something that we're faced with and this is you know in this time again when you mention about that in durance part of the memory Yes but they left out the other part that I believe links up to the 21st century runners. Or is says Therefore since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us there is there's an example that we have a reference to it answer a question that I had you know sometimes you get camps when it comes to divide in this idea of either or I struggle with as well so I wrote my lesson we need to be a biblically driven culture right we have a culture there's biblically driven in the media thought well when you drive you're always looking forward you don't drive looking back but that's not true not when you're travelling in a caravan. Not when you're traveling with other cars when my wife and I 1st got married or were traveling together I left there behind I don't know how many blocks. And then I was pulled over by her and she called me and she gave me a good sermon that you know led me to deeper conversion. And I learned how to travel better in caravans because I'm like the destination in Africa and about the people that I'm leaving behind that need me because I know the way and so I thought about this idea of being a biblically a culture and have been is culture that is biblically driven We can't just forget about the future that was ahead of us and only look at the back but we can't ignore was back there as we move forward it's not either or We need to look at our heritage we need to look at our d.n.a. all the way back to the Apostles like Ray Clough from way back then that will help us have a reference point of what to be today because we are also that cloud and we also have an influence and we would like it or not we are leaving a legacy for the next generation absolutely so and looking at this lesson this week obviously culture is a ubiquitous influence on all of our lives we have to deal with it we're born into it we are confronted with it all the time but the Biblical position is not to just hunker down and be safe from it and insulate from it what we need to do is reflect on our own culture and say Lord where am I in my life am I doing things just because this is what I feel like doing is my preference or what I've always done what does your word say to shape me and then through my influence help my family to have that influence and like Abraham command his household after them and by God's grace those households can be an influence in the broader society that we can help be the light of the world the salt of the earth that Jesus has called us to be there we're not going to be the sport of circumstance but we can help set the destiny of other people's lives and as you've seen witness to when we have the opportunity to influence others God's Holy Spirit will be in our camp he will be in our side and we have the great privilege of influencing the culture for the better. And leading people to Jesus and his scripture for the standard for their lives what a powerful reminder we've had today we're out of time I'd love to go deeper into this but we have to close down but less about our heads for a word of prayer Dear Heavenly Father we thank you so much for the privilege of the church family that we get to be part of we're so thankful that we can be part of a family a faith but Lord help us not to to just passively be carried about by the culture of the church or even our own homes our own personal preferences Lord let each of us experience the revival and a reformation that you want to give us through a deeper application of the truth of your word and Lord beyond our own personal life let our families and church families not just respond to but by the power of the Holy Spirit help us to shape the societies where in Help us to be an influence for good a higher culture reflecting the society of heaven. Help us to ever have that goal in mind and bring others with us as you give us opportunity for we prayed in Jesus. This media was brought to you by audio force a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse or if you would like to listen to more sermons leave a visit w w w audio verse or.

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