Worship Service August 23, 2020

COVID-19: Online Worship Service Only

Sunday - 9AM

Aug. 23, 2020

Taboo: Religion and Politics

Choosing Sides—People or Politics

Matthew 5:1-16

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)

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


a.    ____________ politically—____________ unconditionally—____________ for unity

b.    Are we willing to put our ____________ filters ahead of our ____________ filters?

c.     It’s amazing how often Jesus ____________ with you! 

“Jesus didn’t come to take sides. He came to take over!”

Dr. Tony Evans 

9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

1 Peter 2:9-12 

2.     Kingdom of ____________ vs. Kingdom of the ____________

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

   Matthew 5:1-11

Kingdom of God 

       poor in spirit (spiritually bankrupt)

       those who mourn

       those who are meek

       those who pursue righteousness

       those who are merciful

       those who are pure

       those who are peacemakers

       those who are persecuted and insulted


Kingdom of the World 









a.     The Kingdom of God will ____________ be at odds with the kingdom of the world.

Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.  You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything but is thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:12-16 

b.     We are called to be a people who live differently than the rest of the world (foreigners and exiles) and when we do, we begin to show the world the ____________ …we begin to show them ____________.                                                                                                    

c.     We are called to be a people who show the world the Gospel so that we would have an opportunity to explain the Gospel…____________ and ____________.

d.     Do people see us and our behavior and identify us more with the party we vote for than the Kingdom of God of which we say we are a part?

3.     Faithful Christians Disagree About Party, Policy, And Platform.                                                              “Where you stand depends on where you sit.”

Rufus Miles

a.     Our cultural context (sit), determines our perspective (stand).

b.     Our political views and values (like all views and values) are shaped by…                       

                                      i.     Where we ____________ 

                                    ii.     How we were ____________ 

                                  iii.     Where we were ____________

                                   iv.     What we’ve been ____________

                                    v.     What we’ve ____________

                                   vi.     What we’ve ____________

                                 vii.     What we’ve seen ____________ experience

“Where you stand depends on where you sit.”

Rufus Miles

4.     Conclusion:

a.     Listen

       Listen to people who don’t ____________ the world the way you do.

“Gospel culture (Kingdom People) attack problems, not people.”

Scott Sauls

b.     Learn

       Be a student, not a ____________.

c.     Love

       The ____________ beside you is more precious to God than your potentially flawed view.

d.     Disagree Politically—Love Unconditionally—Pray For Unity  (Davidson/Crenshaw)