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August 1, 2021

Culture Shock

by Curvine Brewington
We live in a society that tells us our God doesn’t belong in politics, schools, entertainment, and more. This anti-God philosophy is nothing new. From the very beginning, Satan has been trying to convince us that we don’t need God. But even though the world seems to want nothing to do with Him, we’ve been placed here to be the hands and feet of Jesus. This earth is not our home; we’re just passing through. As we do, we are meant to walk in authority, boldness and courage—to put our hope and trust in who God says we are, the way He wants us to live, and the purpose He has for us. It’s time to shock a dying culture with the truth and grace of our Father, to love them back to life!
Sermon Notes

Daniel 3:16-18 NIV

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

It will always be your small choices that will ultimately determine your largest outcomes.

1. Identification

1 Peter 2:9 NIV

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation …

John 17:16 NKJV

They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.

Philippians 3:20 NKJV

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior …

2. Consecration

Daniel 1:5, 1:8 NIV

The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table. They were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king’s service… But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.

IMPACT and INFLUENCE come with an invoice.

1 Peter 2:11 NIV

Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.

1 Corinthians 6:12

Everything is permissible—but not everything is beneficial.

3. Participation

1 Peter 2:12 NIV

Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

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