Embracing the Culture2019-09-30T13:22:23-06:00

Embracing The Culture

Introduction

As Christians we are neither to be cut off from or out of our culture, nor to be copycats of our culture. Rather, we are to be sent into it and involved with it—just as God the Father sent God the Son. Similarly, Jesus sends us out into the world in ministry with His message.
 

Scripture References

Study the following biblical references and consider how they address the questions listed below. If using this outline with a Small Group, consider assigning different Scriptures to different individuals and relating them to one or more of the questions. Then scroll down the page to review our recommended resources for the topic of Embracing the Culture and consider how the various articles or podcasts provide further insights relating to this topic.

Genesis 39:1-6; 41:33-46; Daniel 1:1-20; 3:1-30; Matthew 5:13-16; John 15:1-25; John 17:6-23; John 20:22-23; Acts 16:16-40; Romans 12:1-21; Romans 13:1-14:23; 2 Corinthians 5:11-21, Acts 1:8.

 

Questions

  1. In all conditions, Joseph was faithful to God and the Lord was faithful with Joseph. Is that characteristic of us in our military culture and community?
  2. When faced with cultural challenges, how did Daniel and his fellow believers follow the Lord, and what were the results, before their leaders, officials, and others?
  3. How are we light and salt among others? Do our good works glorify us, or God?
  4. Do we understand and fulfill the 3 relationships Jesus explains to His followers?
  5. If Jesus prayed for you, what differences does that make for you in the military?
  6. What are aspects of the Incarnation, for your being sent into the world by Jesus?
  7. Can Christians ask for justice, not only from God but also through secular systems?
  8. How important is our mind in growing and serving as Christian in non-Christian cultures, military commands, and area communities?
  9. How are we as Christians to live under authority and with each other?
  10. What are our methods and our message in our ministry as ambassadors for Christ?
  11. Before His ascension into heaven, Jesus promised power to His disciples but also gave them a task, “… you shall be my witnesses …” (Acts 1:8). Identify specific methods and means a believer can employ in the secular culture to give evidence of the living God and His work. What will I do beginning now in my normal daily experience? What can I additionally do to reach further with a witness for Christ?

Recommended Resources

Following are a series of carefully selected resources that provide perspectives and experiences of various authors, most having military experience. These articles and podcasts are intended to stimulate further thinking and reflective application for individuals or to act as the basis of discussion in small groups.

Part 2: How important is a biblical worldview? Episode 30

In this episode, we’re going to talk about worldview as we continue our conversation with Dr. Bill Brown, senior fellow of worldview and culture at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. How would you define your worldview? Would you say that you have a biblical worldview? How do you know?

Part 1: Three Ways Christians Engage With the Culture | Episode 29

If I were to tell you that as a follower of Christ, it’s important for you to engage with the culture, what would engaging the culture look like to you? Dr. Bill Brown of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview says Christians typically will fall into one of three patterns when it comes to engaging with the culture.

Following a certain God in an uncertain world

As our culture continues drifting further into a post-Christian neo-pagan worldview, Christ-followers may be tempted to spiritual panic attacks. Especially for those of us striving to integrate faith and biblical worldview into our military profession, how can we remain faithful to our call when policies and programs appear to oppose higher principles and priorities?

Community as taught by minions

Just like the silly banana-eating Minions, each of us was created with an innate desire to belong to a community in fellowship. It’s not just a group of people with similar interests, but a body of believers united for a common purpose.

Beauty amid the ruins

As a servant leader being the hands and heart of Christ to others in life’s tragedies, TSgt Padgett suggested that helping others is as simple as being aware of the ways you can do so.

Additional Resources

OCF offers many extra resources as you continue digging into the subdomain of Embracing the Culture.

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The Theological Implications of Addiction | Episode 23

What does scripture say about addiction? Can a Christian have an addiction? What does a biblical approach to recovery look like? Isn't Jesus enough? Our guest is Dr. John Thorington—a licensed professional counselor and is also certified as a Sexual Recovery Therapist by the American Association of Sex Addiction Therapy.