Culture Shock

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January 7 - February 11, 2017

What happens when the unchanging good news of God comes into contact with the ever-changing forces of human culture? What happens when culturally-conditioned Christians seek to live out the imperatives of the gospel? There are no easy answers to these questions, but navigating the difficulties of culture shock is a central part of faithful Christian living in the 21st century. This sermon series will dive into these complexities with the hope of opening new possibilities for faithful Christian discipleship today.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Culture Shock (part 1)

As Christians, we sometimes find ourselves at odds with the culture of the world around us, which presents us with an important challenge: namely, figuring out how to relate to our culture. Our starting point is to realize that Jesus has sent us into the world because that is precisely where he wants us to be.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Culture Shock (part 2)

When we find ourselves in the midst of an unfriendly host culture, there are two basic ways for us to respond: with fear or with love.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Culture Shock (part 3)

When worldviews come into conflict with one another, we often feel forced into a choice between two mutually exclusive options. Jesus was confronted with such a question, but his response can lead us to more faithful participation in the world.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Culture Shock (part 4)

The challenge we face as Christians in the world is not fundamentally a challenge of values or ideas; we are challenged each and every day to recognize the ways that our actions involve us in patterns of behavior—we might even say "liturgies"—that shape us into certain kinds of people. And once we recognize this, we must work to participate in liturgies that transform us as disciples rather than those that conform us to this world.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Culture Shock (part 5)

Though there is no one right way for Christians to think about their relationship with the world, there is one wrong way. We do well to take God’s deep love for the world and everyone in it as our starting point.