HOW SHOULD WE NOW LIVE?
Intro: We are in a new age
It seems the UK is entering into another New Age with the Queen of England - Not only the Monarch but The head of the church. Spiritually this is a very significant moment in history, the baton is going to be passed. How is it going to be picked up. What is the future of the Anglican ( Episcopal ) church.
A global shift is taking place.
The superpower that was, now needs a new light to shine.
The rise of Iran to a nuclear power with its full intention to destroy Israel.
A cullture in the western world of humanism that has no answers what so ever.
Even the decisions made in congress have little thought or substance -
We are living in a tim where the question has to be answered.
How shall we then live.
How do we live in the already but not yet - We are redeemed but not yet has Christ come for the second time. We await the completion of history with great hope but we are stuck waiting for the completion.
Man throughout history has gone through times of , How do I live here , in this world.
We are going on a journey through the bible on How shall we then live.
I am going to take a different approach than Charles Colson and Francis Schaefer. Both have written on the topic.
Schaeffer starts in Ancient Rome
Colson starts with Christianity as a world view then backtracks.
I am going to go through scripture not just human history - but I will refer to human history at times and our Christian world view.
Francis Schaeffer said, ““It seems that there are only two alternatives in the natural flow of events: first, imposed order or, second, our society once again affirming that base which gave freedom without chaos in the first place—God’s revelation in the Bible and his revelation through Christ.”
Think about it
How should we then live
Today is the anniversary of 911 - God gave America a wake up call - which we now have forgotten - Things will never be the same.....
In this media soaked move on to the next minute culture - If you wait long enough people will actually forget.
The biggest concern for the Ukrainian Leader is that the world would forge they are at war with invading Russia
Lets start with a few foundational Scriptures and we will add to these as we move forward.
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
33 “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
So lets start in Genesis
Adam and Eve -
Adam was created, he obviously had no clue on how to live, what his purpose was. He is just there.
7 then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. 8 And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed.
Man became alive - he now had a job
15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.
He was also told what not to do
16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
after all this God creates all the animals and Adam had another job. Name them
With all this work Adam needed a helper
God creates Eve
He brings eve to Adam
22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.
She now has a purpose
And now they both have a purpose together - that purpose was to become one. Work together , it seems like they talked to God all the time. Live was good until
Satan deceives Adam and Eve and the fall happens.
We now have a break in relationship that effects us to this day.
At this point we cannot turn back the clock - The clock has to run out of time
Eves is going to have pain and she will be divided in her Love and now her husband is going to rule in other words govern
Adam - now has to toil through thorns and thistles. He is going to get very frustrated with the results
Both are now going to die. and to top that they are driven out of the garden of eden. - Now everything has become foreign, fearful and
Now they have kids and we have our first counseling session.
God speaks to Cain ( who is angry, hurt, )
God speaking, Paraphrased - Son You need to get a handle on this because if you don’t - This sin - is ready to immediately attack and its desire is to kill you.
You must master it.
7 If you do well, won’t you be accepted? And if you don’t do well, sin is lying in wait for you, ready to pounce; it’s out to get you, you’ve got to master it.”
7 You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.”
In this specific sense it is
Sin the study of it is called Harmartiology
Sin is a ( according to the Fire Bible ) tempting force or power that, like a wild beast or demon is ready to attack and devour.
In Hebrew it is Hatta - as you follow the word it moves from wrong - to evil - to acting on evil to deadly evil.
sin (act) n. — an act or feeling that transgresses something forbidden or ignores something required by God’s law or character; whether in thought, feeling, speech, or action.
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Sin is a slippery slope
If we look at sin in its initial context it comes with a price
With sin comes death
With Sin comes murder
With sin comes rejection
With sin comes pain
With sin comes frustration
With sin comes fear
With sin comes shame
We know jesus paid the price right.
So How shall we then live.
Overcoming sin is in some sense a figuring out what is required and what is forbidden and
doing what is required and forsaking what is forbidden.
Sin is missing the mark or specific goal.
It can also be defined as error.
Living in error
Believing in error
Walking in error
It is a personal relationship with Jesus, and empowering by the Holy Spirit and a walk in the truth. AMEN
It is a turn around known as repentance and a walk in sync with gods Plan and purpose for your life.
How many of you really believe in Jer 29:11
11 ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.
So we must get back to the plan
Remember we only in chapter 4 of Genesis
Realize Sin is a fire that burns and devours
14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
14 Sin can’t tell you how to live. After all, you’re not living under that old tyranny any longer. You’re living in the freedom of God.
It is time to return to Jesus
Your life has meaning and purpose. This church has meaning and purpose
When you live with meaning and purpose people notice
When you fly a flag above your house people notice- When you fly the banner over your heart people notice.
Why you can answer the questions of life - people will ponder them.
What does family look like
What does morality look like
What does Identity in Christ look like
We are in an age where the world cannot even define what a women is. Can you?
When we get back to the absolute truth- relativism will flee like darkness in the light.
Repent and live in the grace of God