There is so much fighting in our world. According to the World Health Organization, "An estimated 191 million people lost their lives directly or indirectly as a result of conflict, and well over half of them were civilians." We need to give up our small illusions that our world is a peaceful place. We live in a culture that is breeding an increasing hostility in so many areas, but also it seems towards Christians and Christianity more specifically day by day. How do we respond in this world, in this day and time when our culture is continually and purposefully positioning itself antagonistically towards the gospel and towards one another? We fight! Watch, as Kevin explains how as Christians we are called to fight, but not in the way that most people think. We are called to fight, but not against who most people think.
We live in a culture of accusation. The truth is that we have been this way for quite some time. The level of indictments that people lob at one another on a daily basis is massive. The increase in the rate of both casual and weighty accusations are increasing at an alarming rate in large part due to social media which provides a fast and straightforward vehicle for complaint, condemnation or charge. Watch, as Kevin explains how in the midst of a culture of accusation, the best defence is not the right words, but a right life.
Have you ever actually tried to walk in someone else's shoes? Maybe you've slipped on someone else's footwear to run out to get something from the car or to just quickly run to the mailbox?
It's uncomfortable, isn't it? They don't fit quite right because they are either too sloppy or too tight. Walking in someone else's shoes is awkward. As much as it is cumbersome and onerous for us to do, imagine how difficult it was for Jesus when he came to the earth to walk in our shoes?
As Christians, we often talk about Jesus being the way, the truth and the life. Watch, as Kevin explains that we can't talk about Jesus being the way without walking the way of Jesus. Our faith must not only get into our head and our heart, but it must also get into our feet!
Series: The GOOD Fight
Sermon: Life is Tough, Wear Your Helmet
Revenge is a powerful motivator. Every one of us has had someone say or do something to us that stirred up a strong desire to exact revenge on the perpetrator. The problem is that revenge takes us down a road of hurt, pain, anger and becomes a vicious cycle that feeds on itself and eats away at our virtues and only brings further pain and hardship. Watch, as Kevin help us learn how to guard our thoughts, so we tend toward rescue, not revenge.