In Pop Culture, we will deal with some of the most controversial topics and issues facing our society today. Our prayer is that this series will not only equip you to courageously live out authentic Christianity but also give you the boldness needed to engage our culture with the hope that’s found in the Gospel of Jesus.
make believers (Sept. 11):
The death of cultural Christianity
Tragically, the western world has almost completely misunderstood biblical Christianity. For decades Christianity has been a faith that offered individuals certain social and cultural advantages. So many people have become self-identified Christians without actually being followers of Christ. Times have changed and we are seeing Christianity no longer as an advantage but as a disadvantage. It’s the death of cultural Christianity! But with its passing there is an opportunity for the true Gospel to emerge and transform our culture.
TRUE GOVERNMENT (Sept. 18):
The absolute authority of the scriptures
As Christians we believe in the foundational truth of the Bible as the absolute authority for all lives. With the many competing voices of influence in our culture today, Christians must compassionately and honestly engage the culture from the truth found in the word of God. This demands a reordering of our lives and the courage to live in light of its truths -- regardless of the cost.
JESUS > EVERYTHING (Sept. 25):
The exclusivity of the Gospel
Jesus is the most polarizing figure that has ever lived. He did not leave room to be merely “liked!” His claims demand that we love Him or hate Him. The Bible exalts Jesus as the sole means for sinful humanity to find salvation for sin. Considering all of the religious and irreligious offerings found in our world today, the independent exclusivity of Jesus must be known, embraced, and shared.
ANTI-CHRIST AMONG US (Oct. 2):
The global hatred of Christianity
Within our insulated and inoculated American church, the reality that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is an offense is often lost on us. But we must see that globally, the church is under immense suffering. The global hatred of Christianity is growing rapidly and the cost of following Jesus is higher than ever. We must see for ourselves what the Bible describes as the reality for our cultural future, and the continued intolerance against our faith itself.
SEXUAL REVOLUTION (Oct. 9):
The biblical truth on human sexuality
In our ever-changing and personally subjective culture today, human sexuality continues to evolve around secular human understanding. Our sinful desire to re-label, re-define and re-invent sexuality is unavoidable. The Bible, however, teaches that our creator is the designer of all things and therefore, the definer of all human sexuality. As believers we must be willing to remain faithful to life according to God’s design, and lovingly engage a confused world--pointing them to the hope that’s found in Jesus.
THE UNSPOKEN GENOCIDE (Oct. 16):
The sanctity of human life
The Bible teaches of sin’s devastating effect on all of creation. Perhaps the most publicly tragic example is the cultural devaluing of human life. Abortion is the most obvious example of humanity’s failure to see each person as having been made in the image of God, and therefore, carries intrinsic value. Creation cannot devalue what our creator has already deemed priceless.
UNIFORM OR UNIFIED (Oct. 23):
The gospel & racial reconciliation
Our fallen world has barriers. These barriers have historically been man’s effort to devalue one life over another. Sadly, we still suffer consequences today from the lasting effects of the racism in our nation and in our own backyards. The Bible teaches that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has torn those barriers down, and God’s grace alone is the bridge to healing the divides and barriers we erect.
GLOBAL PANIC (Oct. 30):
The return of Christ in a chaotic world
Christianity is the only religious world-view that gives hope in the midst of chaos. Because our conquering King Jesus has defeated sin, death, hell, and the grave, we trust the promise of His return. On that day, He will right every wrong and reconcile all things back to Himself. We know that as our world spirals downward from the lasting effects of sin, we have confident assurance that King Jesus will return, and those who belong to Him will enjoy a redeemed life with Him forever!
Sep. 11 – Make Believers
Sep. 18 - True Government
Sep. 25 – Jesus > Everything
Oct. 2 – Anti-Christ Among Us
Oct. 9 – Sexual Revolution
Oct. 16 – The Unspoken Genocide
Oct. 23 – Uniform or Unified
Oct. 30 – Global Panic