A worldview is our philosophy of life. The underlying mentality, the underlying thinking, that determines how we live, that determines how we respond to life’s situations. It determines our thinking; it determines our direction.
…. But I think there’s something more significant about this man. And that is, he was a man that “stood in the gap”. You know, Ezekiel says that God sought for such a man, and he couldn’t find anybody like that. And He was seeking for a man like that so the people would not be destroyed.
We’re here to talk about treasures in heaven. Now, heaven is a real place. We all believe that. Do you know treasures in heaven are also real? They’re not just imaginary. They’re just as real as when you move money from your checking account to your savings account. You expect to see that again. Right? Ok, well treasures in heaven are the same way. They’re not an expense, they’re an investment.
We want to look a little at how cultures develop, and that is in an effort to better understand and appreciate our culture. We also want to note a few changes in our culture; this will be in very practical ways. And then to just consider developing ways to deal with those changes.
Does hair matter? Do coverings matter? Are we called to judge others? Do Jesus’ words, “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” still stand? “By their fruits ye shall know them.”, is that still valid? Am I responsible for what others do? Does my professed love for Jesus Christ give outward evidence? If I’m disobedient to clear Bible teaching, does that matter?
Like most of the talks, I’m going to build, I guess we could say a rational case. I understand that there may be feelings on such a subject that’s close to home, and maybe you don’t have, if you could say, a rational response. That’s fine, I’m not demanding it, maybe someone will have rational response. I’d mainly like to get at the question of why the covering styles; … not so much appealing to personal convictions. But trying to develop a model, and explain why covering styles are changing in our setting.
People who don’t want to believe; they have rational reasons that they have convinced themselves are good reasons when they’re bad reasons. Look folks, we’ve got to humble ourselves and face the facts wherever they are. Because all the facts are on God’s side. All truth is God’s truth. If something isn’t true, it’s not of God. And that gives us great comfort.
If we’re not sure about something, we always have the avenue of prayer, crying out to God. I’ve heard it said different times already, even if there is a particular medicine we’re asked to take…. You know, we ask the Lord to bless and sanctify our food, why wouldn’t we do that with medicines as well.
In Luke 11, we read that the disciples came to Christ with a request, and I think it’s interesting what they requested. They did not request to be taught (how) to preach, they did not request to be taught how to teach, how to heal, how to cast out demons, or how to do miracles. They asked Jesus to teach them to pray. And so he taught them this prayer that we are going to be looking at this evening, which actually has become a very neglected part of most of the church, but the Anabaptists retained their appreciation of this prayer.