Worship Service August 30, 2020

COVID-19: Online Worship Service Only

Sunday - 9AM

Aug. 30, 2020

Taboo: Religion and Politics

“Shock and Intrigue—Unity Amongst Diversity”

Galatians 3:28; 6:2; Luke 16:16

1.    Introduction:

  a.     This Sermon Series is highly influenced by the following resources. 

     i.    Thou Shalt Not be a Jerk: A Christian's Guide to Engaging Politics by Eugene Cho     (2020)

     ii.    Everybody Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People by Bob Goff (2018)

     iii.    Talking Points by Andy Stanley (2020)

     iv.    A Gentle Answer: Our 'Secret Weapon' in an Age of Us Against Them by Scott Sauls (2020)

     v.    God Help Us Unite by Craig Groeschel (2020)

     vi.    Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World by Bob Goff (2012)


  b.    ____________ politically—____________ unconditionally—____________ for unity


  c.    Fundamental ____________ Error: a cognitive bias that causes us to attribute someone’s behavior to their character, even though we attribute our behavior to circumstances and environmental factors.

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

Galatians 6:2

“Burning down others’ opinions doesn’t make us right. It makes us arsonists.”

Bob Goff

  d.    When we ____________ to carry someone’s burden by…

       i.    ____________ 

      ii.    ____________ 

     iii.    ____________

  e.    When we ____________ to carry someone’s burden, we discover…   

     i.    What divides us ____________.

     ii.    What unites us ____________.

2.    Are we willing to put our ____________ filters ahead of our ____________ filters?

  a.    We do the world a disfavor when we attempt to wrap our political ideologies with the teaching of Jesus.

     i.    Jesus is the ____________ who came to reverse things.

     ii.    We must be Kingdom people who use our influence to influence our ____________.

  b.    Culturally ____________ Unity

     i.    Classes of people whose circles rarely overlapped came together ____________ and regularly to worship the crucified God.

26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:26-28

“The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John. Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing their way into it.”

Luke 16:16

“...the sum and substance of their fault or error had been that they were accustomed to meet on a fixed day before dawn and sing responsively a hymn to Christ as to a god, and to bind themselves by oath, not to some crime, but not to commit fraud, theft, or adultery, not falsify their trust, nor to refuse to return a trust when called upon to do so.”

Pliny the Younger

     ii.    To some it was ____________, but to many this upside-down kingdom introduced by Jesus was ____________.

“Christianity achieved the well-nigh impossible. The Christian doctrine elevated the individual soul, placing slave and master…and commoner and nobleman alike on the same metaphysical footing, rendering them equal before God and the law…The implicit transcendent worth of each and every soul established itself against  impossible odds.”

Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

  c.    Miraculously, a Nazarene sect ____________ a crucified rabi.


  d.    Love your enemy ____________ love one another.

3.    Conclusion

  a.    Their culturally disruptive unity ____________ the world…but most importantly, changed the world!

  b.    Our first allegiance is to Jesus and His Kingdom, not the democrats, republicans, libertarians or independents.

“When Christians co-opt their faith by injecting political agendas, Jesus' example of freedom is exchanged for control, his hope exchanged for fear, his love exchanged for hate, and his divinity exchanged for idolatry.

Christianity then becomes compromised by ideas, propagandas, and agendas that have little to do with Jesus and more to do with gaining dominance over our political and worldly enemies—and even our non-enemies, those the Bible refers to as our neighbors. When this happens, Christianity turns into something that looks nothing like the Christ it claims to worship.”

Stephen Mattson

  c.    Disagree politically—Love unconditionally—Pray for unity

“Jesus never said doing these things would be easy. He just said it would work.”

Bob Goff

  d.    Together we ____________ make the world better, and perhaps we may leave our nation a little less ____________.