As ideas of the church and gospel have been culturally affected, so have ideas of wealth, poverty, comfort, justice, etc. All of these are culturally relative.
Nothing compares to an on the ground perspective
There are no easy answers.
America has a long history of a mentality of “disposable lives”. Division and racism is a part of our history that is still in effect today. St. Louis is especially known for division, focused around the “delmar divide”.
Jason is a research expert. Seriously.
The top divided cities in America are also generally on the same side of the Mississippi (or along it) and have been in the news recently concerning racial tensions.
God has given us the answer – sell all you own and give it to the poor, lay down your life for the sake of others.
Song: Shaun Groves – Come By Here, from his album “Third World Symphony”. Used by permission. www.shaungroves.com
This day in History – Wyoming became the 44th state of the union. Death Valley reached 134 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s the 30th birthday of the .org domain.
We talk about absurd stuff for a while.
Ministering in the inner city context involves encountering lots of red tape that are obstacles for those with the most disadvantage. There is quite a pathway that needs to be laid to assist people coming from prison, chaos, or poverty, and get to stability.
This episode originally broadcast live on July 10, 2015 on KXEN 1010AM in St. Louis, MO
Are you relevant? Does that matter? Apparently, everything must be relevant. There are many ideas and activities churches and ministries try. But what does God say about relevancy?
What is your motivation for ministry? Is it to be relevant? To do something for God? A compulsion for duty? Trends?
What God wants us to do has to come from our relationship with Him.
Compulsion can be a powerful motivator. But the important thing is obedience to God’s direction.
Does God have to be relevant?
Relevancy = culture dictates God and the Gospel.
For us, relevancy means simply being aware of your times and surroundings. We need to be aware of different things than people in wholly alien cultures and times. How did we get to here? What are the current influencing factors in society? What are the modern obstacles people face? What creative solutions are available to you?
Theme from scripture – There is more than one way to minister. The inner court and the outer court. Ministering in the spirit or the flesh
Sometimes ministering in the way God wants you to means your ministry is rejected by the people.
Elementary principles of the world Colossians 2:20
Let’s Get Personal!!!
Romans 12:2; Romans 8:29 Don’t be conformed to the world, but to Jesus. Don’t do Colossians 2:20, making a new law-filled religion for yourself. Instead, recognize the emotional connections you have to your ideals, and the patterns you’ve been trained in. This includes relationship and love. Leave those, and look at God’s designs. God’s things are always the best things.
Emotional ties should not direct our behavior, God should. Separate your heart entirely from the things you’ve been told to invest your affections into
song: Keith Green – You Love the World
There is a Godly form of separation. God has designed certain things to be separated and joined. This is part of finding God’s design.
The story of creation is successive acts of separation.
The world will hate Christ’s disciples.
Idea: Created things reflect the image of who rules over them. God did not allow the lordship to change, and not the reflection.
People want to believe there is a godly way to store up wealth, and to use it for their own pleasure.
Satan offered to Jesus what he has – the physical, in order to get from Jesus what satan could never take, the spiritual.
Satan uses physical attacks, distractions, desires to get us to give him our worship.
This all comes down to Lordship. Who are you serving?
Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. What you treasure directs your decision making.
Your devotion declares who your lord is. Unless you change who your lord is, every other “change” you make will not set you free. Changing behavior doesn’t put you under the lordship of Christ, but changing your lordship will change your behavior.
As with any subject, start by simply going to scripture and seeing what’s there.
1 John 5:4
Interaction with a religious system does not build intimacy with God. Interaction with God does.
Song: The Newsboys – Lost the Plot
Losing the “plot” or the ending causes us to lose the eternal nature of God and all His attributes that are bigger than our lifetime. Shortsightedness distorts our view of justice and love.
This episode originally broadcast live on June 19, 2015 on KXEN 1010AM in St. Louis, MO