TiO 15 – {Un}Apologetic – Morality

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The Main Idea

Our morality and ethics inform and justify all of the actions that we do and are the basis for what we believe to be right and wrong. In his teaching today, Steve Kim asserted that without God—a personal moral agent that exists outside of our physical world—there is no basis for objective morality or for judging anything good or evil and we are left with only right and wrong, judgements which are based on personal preference and context.

Warm Up Questions: (Choose 1 or 2)

Q1: Name something that society thinks is generally okay today but thought was wrong when you were a child (or 50 years ago, if that is easier).

Q2: Name something that the church thinks is okay today but thought/taught was wrong when you were a child.

Q3: Name something that society thinks is generally okay but that the church teaches is wrong.

The Word

Read the main passage aloud: Genesis 1:1-2 <– all of scripture assumes God.

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.

If our faith were simply about us as individuals, if we had no relationships to maintain, no culture in which we lived, no people—friends, classmates, neighbours, people we work with—with whom we disagreed then what we believe could be talked about in whatever terms we choose.

But this is not the case. And the danger of apologetics is that we simply take all of our data, all of our logical arguments, all of our sermon points, and treat the people who we come in contact with, and have relationships with, as subjects for our debates. The danger, of course, is that we come across as narrow-minded bigots who have no love, only fanatical following of a set of rules. There are times for debate, times for reasoned discussion, times to proclaim the truth, but there are also times when it is wiser to hold back for the sake of love and of the good news of Jesus.

Q1: What is our obligation to the world around us?

Q2: When do you think it is appropriate to engage in debate with people about core beliefs?

Q2: Who are the people in your life who you need to engage with and how can you best do that?

Prayer

Pray together for the people who you are in relationships with who see the world fundamentally differently than you do. Pray for opportunities to share the love of Jesus with them, whether that be in what you say or what you do.

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