|Sunday Sermon Outline in Wake of Supreme Court Ruling|
|Written by Ben Winslett|
|Sunday, 28 June 2015 17:44|
So I am sure there was a lot of pulpit talk today about marriage, government, politics, and maybe even an occasional charge to "take back America." I'd like to share the basic breakdown of my sermon this morning at Flint River Church in Huntsville Alabama. I might also mention that following lunch, those who could stay late reconvened in the sanctuary and the men of our church led us in an extended time of prayer, also called a Prayer Meeting.
I had six major points in my sermon I'll share with the body of Christ for your consideration.
LISTEN TO THIS MESSAGE:
I know you’re probably upset, sad, distressed, angry, and possibly even afraid for the future of our country. I understand. Friday was a day of personal mourning for me as well. As your pastor, friend, and the man God has placed as overseer in this flock, I feel it necessary to talk about what’s going on around us.
We all know the definition of marriage as being one man and one woman for one lifetime. I won’t take up your time preaching to the choir about marriage. Nor will I waste your time talking politics from the pulpit – it doesn’t belong here.
1) Let not your hearts be troubled – but believe (John 14). God is on His throne.
2) Will America soon face Divine judgment for this ruling?
a. There will be consequences, sure.
b. I suspect much of the judgment against true wickedness and dark forces in this world is reserved for the second coming of Christ (2 Thess 1)
c. Also, remember you’re salt! God would have spared Sodom for a mere ten righteous people.
3) Reevaluate and reset your focus where it needs to be.
a. Seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness (Mth 6:33). Understand America is not a Theocracy. The concept of “reclaiming America for Christ” is mythology. Jesus has an elect and Jesus has a church but Jesus doesn’t want a theocracy. He already has a Kingdom. It will never end.
b. Let your eye be single – fixated on Christ and His Church. Over the last 40 years, the “eye” of many evangelicals has been focused more on politics than Christ. You can only seek one Kingdom – which will you seek?
c. Jesus’ Kingdom is not of the world, if it were we would fight (John 18:36). The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty. If we enter the arena to fight the world’s battles with the world’s weapons, we will certainly lose.
Moving on to specifics –
4) Pray for your leaders that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
5) Is your spirit stirred? You betcha! Here’s what to do to relieve that:
a. Do as Paul in Acts 17! He was so bothered by the idolatry in Athens that he preached publicly to both Jew and Greek. Most rejected him and mocked, but there were a few converted. Unfortunately, we have become less and less relevant by restricting preaching to the meeting house or resorting to political activism. Remember, our concern is for the Kingdom of Heaven – which thrives regardless of rulers or legislation. It transcends all nations and societies. So go share the gospel!
b. Jesus said to go to the “highways and hedges” to compel men to join us in worship (Luke 14:16-24)
c. It was said of Paul that he had “turned the world upside down,” yet he did so without ever entering the political arena. How? Because the gospel of Christ is life changing power! (1 Cor 1:18)
6. Just be faithful. God doesn’t call us to conquer the world, build empires, or dominate a culture. When all is said and done, He calls us to be faithful.
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