A weekly recap of the message and madness at First Presbyterian Kings Mountain, NC. 7/05/15:
The Text: Habakkuk
The Takeaway: What We Believe: Why It Matters
We began our summer series What We Believe, a look at the foundational beliefs of the church…this morning, we laid the groundwork by explaining why it matters.
The church needs to push back hard against the world’s definition of truth (“That may be true for you, but it’s not true for me.”). Jesus said, “I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life.”
Cat theology: The cat says, ‘here is my master: he loves me, he feeds me, he cares for me…I must be God.’
Dog theology: The dog says, ‘here is my master: he loves me, he feeds me, he cares for me…HE must be God.’
The world teaches cat theology.
Jonathan Edwards said, “the central problem of our humanistic age is that it is insufficiently God-centered.” He wrote those words almost 300 years ago!
The church must push back and clearly and plainly teach dog theology.
It is not about us. We cannot save ourselves, no matter how highly we think of ourselves. Thank God that He is God, and we are not.
We know the One who will put things to rights!
For the readers: The works of N.T. Wright are a great place to start in your exploration of Christianity, truth, justice, putting things to rights, etc. Simply Christian is the best place to start.
Jonathan Edwards is a challenging read, but worth every minute. Here is a good place to dig in and put all his writings in context. I have a copy of this biography if you would like to borrow it!
Intermission: Speaking of dogs…
The Text: Romans 1: 16-25
The Takeaway: What We Believe: God
We continued our series What We Believe, looking at God. If we don’t have a grasp on this whole ‘God thing,’ the rest of our faith will collapse like a house of cards…
“Nothing is intelligible except through God.”
We asked the question, “How can we believe Christianity if we don’t even know whether God exists?”
So we offered up some clues, which, taken together, might point us to a belief in God. To be clear, a rational belief in something does not equal faith; at some point, the Holy Spirit opens our hearts and we begin to see the world through the lens of the biblical rendering of God. As John Frame said, “Nothing is intelligible except through God.”
Paul writes in Romans 1: 18-21,
“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.”
We all have an innate knowledge of, and desire for, God, yet we repress it. It’s all about control. ‘We got this, God,’ we say.
But we don’t.
God IS who He says He is. Praise God!
For the readers: if you struggle with the ‘rational’ side of Christianity, here are a couple places to jump into apologetics: again, Tim Keller’s The Reason For God, along with John Frame and Cornelius Van Til. For a bold defense of the reality of God, Francis Schaeffer has what you are looking for. Christianity has been maligned as ‘non-intellectual.’ God gave us our intellect; the Christian faith is a beautiful blend of the rational and the mystical.
Other Fun Stuff:
Vacation Bible School!!!!!!!!
Also, First Presbyterian will have a tent at the upcoming City of Kings Mountain Beach Blast! We need some more folks to come and hand out water and tumblers (with the church info on them), and just love our community. We’re excited about what God is doing at First Prez, and we want everyone to know about it. So if you really love God, and the church, you’ll come to the Gazebo in downtown Kings Mountain and join us. We
guilt you into coming encourage you to come! *Saturday, July 25, 10AM-10PM*
God is here, and He is not silent!
Grace and Peace…