Embracing The Culture
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.
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.
- 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?
- 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?
- How are we light and salt among others? Do our good works glorify us, or God?
- Do we understand and fulfill the 3 relationships Jesus explains to His followers?
- If Jesus prayed for you, what differences does that make for you in the military?
- What are aspects of the Incarnation, for your being sent into the world by Jesus?
- Can Christians ask for justice, not only from God but also through secular systems?
- How important is our mind in growing and serving as Christian in non-Christian cultures, military commands, and area communities?
- How are we as Christians to live under authority and with each other?
- What are our methods and our message in our ministry as ambassadors for Christ?
- 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?
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.
OCF offers many extra resources as you continue digging into the subdomain of Embracing the Culture.
With the Love of a Clanging Cymbal
When our speech lacks the love of Christ, Scripture clearly declares we are just a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God
How does a faithful walk with Jesus give life, context, and direction to the exercise of military leadership? What opportunities do I have for doing good for others’ welfare and for God’s glory?
Visiting Those in Prison
Prison visits are powerful ministry opportunities for OCF small group fellowships.
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.
Practice out-loving and out-giving
Outwit, Outplay and Outlast? My wish for you this Christmas season is instead that you “Out Love and Out Give."
How’s Your Light Shining?
It’s incredibly important, yet challenging, that as you run your race in uniform for Christ, to keep His light in your heart burning brightly for others to see.