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Counter-Cultural (Acts 17:1-9)

Dennis R. Wiles, August 25, 2013
Part of the Bearing Life-Fruits series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Dennis R. Wiles
FBC Arlington
August 25, 2013

Church Meets Culture, 2.0
Acts 17:1-9

As Christians, how are we supposed to relate to a free, democratic, pluralistic society?

Church Meets Culture, 2.0
Witnesses to the Culture
Communities in the Culture
The Message for All Cultures

Text: Acts 17:1-9


Paul and Silas had “caused trouble all over the world” (Acts 17:6)

There is a distinction between posture and gesture (Andy Crouch, Culture-Making)

What is the church’s posture toward the culture?

It is not the goal of Christians to be counter-cultural! The goal of Christians is to follow Jesus!

The narrow way is the most arduous path – but it is the path of life!

Two helpful hints to develop and maintain the correct posture as followers of The Jesus Way:
1. Learn the truths of Scripture!
2. Center your life on Jesus!

Acts 17:1-9

17:1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.” And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women. But the Jews were jealous, and taking some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd. And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also, and Jason has received them, and they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus.” And the people and the city authorities were disturbed when they heard these things. And when they had taken money as security from Jason and the rest, they let them go. (ESV)