Sunday, November 19, 2017
We are continuing our fall teaching series, "Christian Values in Changing Times." This week did a mid-series check-in and fielded some questions about our series.
- Judeo-Christian foundation of the concept of social justice
- Book: Social Justice and the Christian Church, Ron Nash
Sunday, November 5, 2017
We are continuing our fall teaching series, "Christian Values in Changing Times." This week we're launching into a 2-week conversation exploring the critical biblical support for the dignity, value and value of all races.
- Creation: Genesis 1:26–27; 3:20; Acts 17:26
- Fall: Genesis 9:18–19; 10; 11:1–9
- Redemption: Matt. 28:19; Acts 1:8; 2:1–13; Ephesians 2:11–22; 3:4–6; Colossians 3:9–11; Galatians 3:26–29
- Glorification: Revelation 7:9
- Historical examples:
- William Wilberforce
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Local ministry: Discussion on racial reconciliation in the church with Pastor Anthony from Redeemed Life Church, in Azusa, CA
- Video: Amazing Grace
- Book: Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, by Eric Metaxas
- Video: "Paul and the Shattered Wall," a message by Dr. Craig Keener at Asbury Chapel, September 21, 2016
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017
We are continuing our fall teaching series, "Christian Values in Changing Times." This week we're launching into a 2-week conversation exploring the critical biblical support for the dignity, value and value of women.
- Prejudices about the word "feminism"
- Creation: Both men and women are created in the image of God.
- Fall: Relationships between men and women have become complicated by sin.
- Redemption: Men and women are partners in the Great Commission.
- Glorification: Male/female relationships are restored in the New Creation.
- Acts 19: disrupting culture with the Christian worldview
- Video: "Women's Suffrage: Crash Course US History #31" (short history of women's suffrage, first wave of feminism)
- Ministry: Give Her Life
- Book: Half the Church, by Carolyn Custis James
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Sunday, October 8, 2017
- Creation: Work is part of what it means to be human.
- Fall: Work has been complicated due to sin.
- Redemption: Work is an extension of loving our neighbor.
- Glorification: We will likely be working in the new heaven and new earth.
- Avoiding vices: laziness and workaholism
- How do we we raise children to have a good work ethic?
- How do we affirm human dignity when we help the poor?
- Book: The Tragedy of American Compassion, by Marvin Olasky
- Ministry: The Acton Institute
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Sunday, October 1, 2017
One of the most foundational doctrines of Christianity involves a proper understanding of what it means to be human and how that sets us apart from the rest of God's creation. In this lesson, we explore the biblical, theological and legal foundation for the idea of religious freedom.
- Why should we care about minority religions?
- Banning JWs in Russia
- Why do we consider the ten Boom family to be noble?
- Biblical foundation for religious freedom
- Theological foundation for religious freedom
- common grace vs. saving grace
- Legal foundation for religious freedom
- First Amendment
- Ambassadors for Peace resolution
- Reflections about loving our enemies (Matt. 5:44–48; Matt. 8:18–22)
- Book: Common Grace: God's Gifts for a Fallen World, by Abraham Kuyper
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