THE PROBLEM WE ARE FACING: The Western world has been undergoing a worldview revolution and, consequently, a moral revolution.
Biblical Christianity has been increasingly marginalized. Its claims of truth no longer occupy a central place in shaping our understanding of reality. Consequently, Christians are being pressured to keep their convictions private in order to prevent “intolerance,” “discrimination,” or “hate speech.”
The constant media drum beat that “conservative Christianity is dangerous to freedom” has radically affected the thinking of the rising generation. It is common for “millennials” to view the Bible and Christian worldview as out of date, repressive, and irrelevant.
OUR RESPONSE AS BELIEVERS: There are three steps in dealing with this rising problem of marginalized Christianity. I will be explaining these steps in three consecutive Sunday evening meetings. Here they are in order:
- We must understand the times in which we live (believers must know what is going on around us) (1 Chronicles 12:32).Believers must be informed as to what is going on if they are to exercise biblical discernment. During this message, we will examine the spiritual war which is raging just beneath the surface of the culture war.
- We must learn how to biblically evaluate the times in which we live (believers must learn how to discern biblically what’s going on) (Jeremiah 2:19-20).What happens to a nation that willfully abandons the historical and moral framework which comes from biblical theism? Scripture tells us that any nation that does so will continue its slide into moral relativism and idolatry. Only the truth in Christ can set a person free (John 8:32).
- We must equip ourselves to engage our culture (believers must commit themselves to respond biblically to our culture) (Matthew 5:13-16). Our response must be compassionate and forthright; loving, but courageous. In this talk, we will examine the believer’s involvement and missional strategy. We will seek to answer the question, “How can we successfully engage our culture without any loss to the integrity of the gospel?”
About the Speaker
An experienced pastor and Bible teacher, Jay has a B.A. degree from Christian Heritage College and a Master of Divinity degree from The Master’s Seminary. He is adjunct professor of Theology, Christian worldview (Apologetics and Evangelism), and Grace-Driven Sanctification at The Master’s College. He also teaches Introduction to Christian Theology for biblical counseling majors.
Because of his passion to help the church recover her New Testament mission, Jay founded Gospel for Life in 2005. GFL is a training ministry which assists local churches in fulfilling The Great Commission through evangelistic outreach and through curriculum designed to keep the Gospel central in discipleship. GFL provides equipping in leadership development, evangelism, apologetics and discipleship, and in grace-driven sanctification (www.gospelforlife.org).