Worship Service August 16, 2020

COVID-19: Online Worship Service Only

Sunday - 9AM

Aug. 16, 2020

Taboo: Religion and Politics

One is The Win—Unconditional Love

John 13:34–35; 17:1, 11, 20–23; Matthew 16:18

1. Introduction:

   a.  This Sermon Series is highly influenced by the following resources.  

        i. Thou Shalt Not be a Jerk: A Christian's Guide to Engaging Politics by Eugene Cho (2020)

        ii. Everybody Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People by Bob Goff (2018)

        iii. Talking Points by Andy Stanley (2020)

        iv. A Gentle Answer: Our 'Secret Weapon' in an Age of Us Against Them by Scott Sauls (2020)

        v. God Help Us Unite by Craig Groeschel (2020)

        vi. Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World by Bob Goff (2012)

“Nothing divides like politics, because nothing divides like fear.”    Andy Stanley 

“Satan wants us deceived, discouraged, divided and distracted.”  Lecrae

“I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly UNITED in mind and thought.”    1 Corinthians 1:10

   b. We have an opportunity to model for our community and what it looks like to disagree ____________ and love ____________.

 “Sincere believers can disagree on certain matters, sometimes quite strongly, and still maintain deep respect, honor, and affection toward each other.”    Scott Sauls

“Burning down others’ opinions doesn’t make us right. It makes us arsonists.”     Bob Goff

“Be careful not to dehumanize those you disagree with. In our self-righteousness, we can become the very thing we criticize in others.”   Eugene Cho

   c. Are we willing to ____________ our politics through the filter of our faith rather than ____________ a version of faith that supports our politics?

“Politics matter. They matter because politics inform policies that ultimately impact real human people created in the image of God.”   Eugene Cho

2. ____________ Saw This Coming…

“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.”   John 17:1

“I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.”   John 17:11

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one…”     John 17:20-21

   a. We think ____________

   b. Jesus thinks ____________

“…Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”     John 17:21

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

John 13:34-35

3. One ___________ …One ___________ …One ___________

   a. The ____________ by which this unity takes place is through people, relationships, and love.

“Jesus talked to His friends a lot about how we should identify ourselves. He said it wouldn’t be what we said we believed or all the good we hoped to do someday. Nope, He said we would identify ourselves simply by how we loved people. It’s tempting to think there is more to it, but there’s not. Love isn’t something we fall into; love is someone we become.”   Bob Goff

“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one, I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”     John 17:22-23

“Your candidate will win or lose based on how America votes on a Tuesday in November. The church will win or lose based on our behavior every day between now and then....We must not let anything divide us. We must not let anyone divide us.”   Andy Stanley

   b. We must not let ____________ or ____________ divide us.

“Can you imagine loving and doing life together every day with your political opposite?”  

Scott Sauls

“Jesus never said doing these things would be easy. He just said it would work.”   Bob Goff

4. Conclusion:

   a. Pray for ____________ —“Heavenly Father, make us one so we influence many.”

   b. Look for an opportunity to love ____________ someone with whom you ____________ with politically.

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”    Proverbs 15:1

“The political left & right are fighting for our allegiance and imagination. But our allegiance is to the Lamb, not a donkey or elephant.”    Dr. Derwin Gray

“I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”    Matthew 16:18