03 Nov Sunday Sermon Update: Nov. 1
In case you couldn’t make it to church on Sunday, John spoke about “Living for God in an Anti-God Culture.” Looking at Deuteronomy 6:1-15, he talked about three ways we can live for God, despite our worldly surroundings. Here they are:
- Obey God. In Deut. 6:1, Moses was asked by God to teach the Israelites to observe the decrees and laws the Lord had given them so they would prosper. Using this text, John said that there are two types of people who do not obey God: those who disobey out of ignorance, and those who disobey out of rebellion. But if we obey the Lord in every area of our lives, it will go well with us. That means we obey Him when he tells us, and exactly how He tells us.
- Practice God Saturation. Deut. 6:6-9 shows us that we must write the Lord’s words in our hearts, and in every aspect of our lives. Completely immersing ourselves in God will help separate us from the often Godless culture we’re in every day. Our culture today is not saturated by God. Instead, our culture the “Eight Deadly Sins” are sold to us every day through the media and other venues. One major way we can avoid looking like our culture and practice God saturation is by looking at how we spend our time. Perhaps we need to practice the spiritual discipline of silence by turning off the radio while we’re driving. Or, we may need to start sitting down with our families at mealtimes and talking about our day, instead of letting the TV do the talking for us.
- Beware of the Danger. The devil doesn’t care which side of the horse you fall off on. He is constantly prowling around like a lion, seeking who he may devour. So, the church acts as one big support group for sinners. Through Scripture, prayer, and the community of faith, we can live a life of purpose and action.
Our thoughts affect every aspect of our lives, from our relationships, to our work, to the entertainment we watch. So, John ended on a challenge: How can you live differently in your thought life?