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"Society” - (Change - Week 3)

Does God desire for our society to change in how we relate to each other? If he does, how?

 

Grace—Only God can do this.

 

The next three, only we can do.

  • Vision
  • Intent
  • Strategy

Galatians 5:1 (NIV84) It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

 

Galatians 3:14 (NIV84) 14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

Genesis 12:2–3 (NIV84) 2“I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

 

Blessing in this context means three things.

 

  • First, we are God’s people. 


  • Second part of God’s blessing is God takes care of his people. 


  • The third part of the blessing is a command: God’s people become blessings. 

The Promise (Vision) is for us to become his people.

The Power (Intent and Strategy) is I will do whatever it takes for my promise to be true (Intent). I will even send my son Jesus (Strategy). 

 

Believers are to be living proof that the Kingdom of God is here.

 

Isaiah 1:17 (NIV84) 17. . . Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.

 

Psalm 82:4 (NIV84) 4 Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

 

Jeremiah 22:3 (NIV84) 3 This is what the Lord says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of his oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the alien, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place.

 

James 2:15–16 (NIV84) 15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?

 

Jesus was not a social justice warrior. He was a social justice servant.

 

Trust God to make us into better people and when someone needs help, give it.

 

It is difficult to hate someone you understand. But it is easy to hate someone you label.

Grace:

           Restoring — God forgives and frees me from the results of my sin. He paid the wage for my sin.

           Revealing — What do you believe about yourself or about another person that is different than what God says is right and true? What needs to change in you?

Vision — What would that person look like if you believe what Jesus describes is right and true of them?

 

Intent — Do you give a rip? Are you in? The Kingdom of God is defined by sacrifice and service.


Strategy — One practical thing.

 

Trust God to make us into better people and when someone needs help, give it.