Talking Points - Part 1: "The Separation of Church and Hate"

Series: Talking Points

In an out of control world, people are looking to politicians to save them from what we can’t control.  In this message we’ll zoom out to see what’s really going on in our world, and why looking for salvation to come from mere men will leave us disappointed and angry.  

Speaker: Jason Ewart

May 31, 2020

Jason Ewart

Lead Pastor

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Genesis 1:27

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

 

Material prosperity

 

Consumerism

 

The sexual revolution

 

 

Genesis 3:1-6

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 

 

Genesis 3:17-19

To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”

 

Psalm 146

Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, my soul.

I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.
Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God.

He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— he remains faithful forever.
He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free, the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

The Lord reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations.

Praise the Lord.

 

 

 

Group Questions

  1. Word association: What’s the first word you think of when you think of “politics”?
  2. Emotion association: What’s the primary emotion you feel when you think about politics?
  3. The church should be the safest place in the world to talk about anything. If that climate will exist in your Group you may need to establish some behavioral norms by which every Group member will abide. What behaviors would your entire Group need to embody in order to make this a safe place to talk about politics? Example may include “No criticizing someone else’s political opinions” or “Believe the best” or “For the love of God, don’t share any conspiracy theories.”
  4. After you have made your list, everyone answer this question: “Are you willing to abide by these behavioral norms?”
  5. In the message, Jason shared one (long) reason why politics have become so contentious. Can you think of other reasons?
  6. Explain why “individualism” was the original sin (Genesis 3:1-6).
  7. Read Psalm 146 out loud. What’s your favorite verse? Why?

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