ARE YOU PREPARED TO BE EFFECTIVE IN OUR CULTURE?

– Jesus: Our Faithful High Priest and Scribe (Part 1) 

ARE YOU PREPARED TO BE EFFECTIVE IN OUR CULTURE?

(Ezra 8)

The sad results of Sir John Franklin’s mission to explore the Northwest Passage proved to be a turning point in Arctic exploration in the mid-1800s. (Listen to full story here.) Sir John Franklin and the 138 men who boarded those ships were some of Britain’s finest sailors. At the time, Britain had one of the finest navies in the world yet their mission failed because they weren’t adequately prepared.

As Christians, many of us have years of experience. We have minds. We have eyes. Yet sometimes we don’t see the conditions we are heading into and do not make adequate preparation. We also have the advantage of prophecy to show us the conditions we are headed into.

According to Romans 1, we know that when a nation stops recognizing and being thankful to God, certain things happen. They begin to worship things created instead of the creator – created things like the economy and the military and the schools and the government. And when that happens social collapse is not far away.

Social collapse is marked by things like rampant sexual promiscuity … things like widespread and publicly accepted disobedience of children to parents. Things like publicly accepted homosexuality.

In the book of Esther, we observe the effectiveness of “the wise men who understood the times” (1:12). In 1 Chronicles, we see that understanding the times gave the sons of Issachar the wisdom to know what Israel should do – “…the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do…” (1 Chronicles 12:32).

Bible prophecy has told us about the “Arctic” wasteland we’re headed into. Do we understand our times? Are we prepared? Or are we polishing our silver and tuning our organ rather than gaining wisdom to know what we as followers of Jesus Christ ought to do?

 


INTEGRATING TRUTH INTO EVERYDAY LIFE

As we are have transitioned into a post Christian culture, much has changed. Part of being prepared for living in our changing culture and sharing Jesus effectively involves understanding our times. Our message, the Gospel, does not change, but sometimes we need to change the methods. No matter what the world view of any generation happens to be, they need Jesus Christ. The Great Commission given to us as followers of Jesus does not change. We need to be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves in reaching the lost around us. Do you know how to effectively reach the newer generations with their different world views and values?

  1. Research the characteristics and values of a generation other than your own. What is their world view? What do they value? How do they view truth, right and wrong, and religion? How is that different from your world view and faith?
  1. Can you think of ways to reach out to them that might be more effective in communicating the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

 

Listen to :Jesus: Our Faithful High Priest and Scribe (Part 1)

 

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