Hope you are starting off to a great week. May you be blessed this week as you step out in faith and embrace the journey that God has you on. The Holy Spirit will lead and guide you as you go.
Here are a few announcements that you need to be aware of:
- FaithPoint men, we will meet Sunday at 9:00 am. We will be in chapter 8 of Dude’s Guide to Manhood.
- Please be praying about serving at the Summer Showdown. We will be setting up a table again and passing out free bottled water. Please pray that God will work in shaping our conversations to point people to Jesus.
- Easter is around the corner. Pray about inviting your friends and family to our Easter service.
- I am excited about where we are headed after Easter. I look forward to sharing more with you as the time approaches.
Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:
The text for this sermon is from Genesis 37. The title of this sermon is Culture Clash – Slavery Still Exists.
The culture loves Christians when they are about social justice. When Christians give out shoes to the shoeless, coats and clothes to the needy, food to the hungry and homeless, building clean water wells, the media will either write a small article or say nothing at all.
However, when you say that you stand on the Bible as your highest authority and you are not moving – that is when the crap starts to hit the fan.
Our culture is in the habit of trying to make Christians look like idiots. That is when the name calling, verbal attacks, and hate blogs start.
For example: You will not hear about Christians building schools but Oprah builds one and it is news. You will not hear about Christians building clean water wells but if Dave Ramsey builds a house, it is news. You will not hear about how much money the prostitution and pornography industries make off of human trafficking but if a well known pastor happens to trade in his tired old beater car and get a car that is over $45,000 than all of a sudden it is a big deal.
The culture wants the church to walk away and give up. You can do whatever you want in your own house but keep it there and don’t bring it out in public with that salt and light stuff.
There is a Department of Defense document that the Washington Times wrote about that classifies Catholics and evangelical protestants as extremists groups and a threat to the American way of life. This document classifies evangelical protestants in the same category as the KKK and ISIS.
There are always going to be differences between how Christians see the world and how culture sees the world.
Slavery is illegal in every country of the world and it still exists in 167 countries today.
vs 20 Joseph’s brothers wanted to murder him and then lie about it.
vs 21 Reuben decides against it and makes a motion against it so that they wouldn’t kill him but they would throw him into a dried up well.
Joseph is sold to slave traders and then a lie is perpetuated so that the brothers do not look guilty.
The chapter ends with the slave traders selling Joseph to Potiphar.
According to enditmovement.com:
- 27,000,000 people around the world are in slavery
- 27 million is the same as the entire population of Texas.
- Slavery generates $150.2B That is more than the combined revenues of Ebay, Google, and Amazon.
- The most common forms of slavery are bonded labor, forced labor, and human trafficking.
There is another kind of slavery that we need to talk about. When a woman that is abused, and knows that she is abused but instead of going to get help, she feels stuck. Her world is dark. She sees no way out and she goes back home and gets in bed with her abuser.
Jesus said in John 8 that the one who practices sin is a slave to sin.
When you deliberately make time for sin, or you spend more time with something that brings a fleeting pleasure more than you spend with God, you have an idol and you are a slave.
You are compelled to obey your idol with your idol giving you nothing in return.
You are either a slave to sin or you are a slave to righteousness.
How do you know the difference?
A slave of righteousness bears fruit, they walk in faith, there is progress in their life from who they were before Christ to whom He has created them to be and there is progress in them becoming more and more like the King of Kings whom they obey.
A slave of righteousness does not serve death. For the slave of righteousness they get to proclaim:
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11