Last Sunday, I started a new sermon series, Why? Pursuing Answers to Life's Questions. The aim of the teaching series is to wrestle with some of the questions that Followers of Jesus have difficulty handling in our truth-averse culture.
Each Sunday I will deal with questions such as:
Why believe in God?
Why believe in Jesus alone?
Why believe the believe the bible?
Why did Jesus die?
Why believe in prayer?
Why believe in heaven?
Why believe in hell?
Enemies of the gospel aggressively attack tenets of reformed faith trying to misrepresent biblical teaching as silly fairy tales of fools and simpletons. These constant attacks have weakened the resolve of those who would bear public witness to Christ or try to give a reasoned defense for the faith.
In 2 Corinthians 4: 1-6, the apostle Paul gave some solid advice to Corinthians disciples in that ancient pagan society that still rings true today:
Do not lose heart
Renounce any and all disgraceful, underhanded ways (this incites the world to call the church hypocrites)
When facing whithering criticisms and ridicule never tamper with God's truth in order to appear relevant. The message of the cross will forever be scandalous to those who are perishing, I Corinthians 1: 18
Remember that the god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. Their resistance to truth is a spiritual problem, so don't be alarmed.
Focus the message on Christ and never on ourselves. Proclaim Jesus, never a system or a personality
God who created light at the dawn of creation is the same God who sovereignly causes the light of the gospel to shine into the dark places of the human heart!
Until His return, the Way of Christ will forever be maligned by satan. But in the end, we have the assurance that the power belongs to the Lord.
Pray that the Lord would use the sermons and the sermon discussion groups to glory of His name and bring many to a saving knowledge of Jesus.