Sunday Sermon Notes: #htbacwbaj

The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians: who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.

Pastor: Jeremy Smith

Title: #htbacwbaj (How to be a Christian without being a jerk)

Scripture Reference: 1 Peter 3:8-15

Other mentioned scripture references: 2 Timothy

Main Point: The reason for my existence is to share Christ with others

When Paul wrote Timothy his final letter (2 Timothy), he was writing to this young preacher to 1) inform him that his execution was at hand; and 2) to let him know, while exhorting him, that his mentor was no longer going to be here.

  • The gospel was constantly under attack
  • Paul’s last exhortation – his last bit of advice – was to hold on to the gospel.
  • Paul’s point is that any false gospel – anything contrary to what has been taught to him – should be cut off.
  • Paul communicated to Timothy to withhold from hopping into every “new” thing
  • The gospel has not changed in 2,000 years.
  • There is such a thing as Orthodox Christianity (Right thinking about Christianity)
  • Truth matters as well as our attitude towards truth.

 

  1. Don’t be a jerk
    1. Timothy, who learned from Paul and now Peter – here in 1 Peter –¬†did not want to win arguments, he wanted to win people to the truth (Christ)
    2. There is right doctrine: that doctrine needs to be defended with humility
    3. On Peter:
      1. Peter was a fisherman
      2. Known for having an opinion
      3. Short tempered
      4. Foul mouthed
      5. Came to Jesus via his brother Andrew
      6. After coming to Jesus, he no longer was a fisherman Рpersay Рbut a fisher of men.
    4. 1 Peter 3:15 –
      1. Apologetics:
        1. We are commanded to be ready to give an answer
        2. We are obligated to defend the truth
        3. Why? Because the world has questions:
          1. What makes Christianity different?
          2. Is there knowable truth?
          3. Can you actually know anything?
          4. Can you be certain about anything?
          5. Why is there only one way?
          6. How is the Bible different from the Qu’ran?
          7. How is the Bible different from the book of Mormon?
          8. Why would a good God let bad things happen to good people?
          9. What happens to the people in Africa who have never heard the gospel?
        4. Why are they asking?
          1. Either to:
            1. Prove a point
            2. They are searching
            3. They have apathy
            4. They are adversarial
        5. We like to rebuke like Jesus, but we don’t love like Jesus
      2. Different kinds of Orthodoxy:
        1. Arrogant Orthodoxy:
          1. Unkind; unloving
          2. The approach is mean-spirited
        2. Humble Heterodoxy:
          1. Don’t want to offend anyone
          2. Don’t want to say anything that makes you feel like you’re wrong
          3. Don’t like to talk about or discuss sin
          4. Example: Rob Bell
            1. Wrote a book title “Love Wins”
              1. In this book he concluded that there is no hell, that God will not punish anyone; and that God would let everyone into heaven
        3. Humble Orthodoxy:
          1. We know we are right but in conversation – are humble.
          2. AudacityMovie.com is a great resource to see this in action. You can watch it here
      3. We have to earn the right to speak:
        1. We cannot call people names;
        2. We have to be sensitive in conversation
        3. Our job is to be sincere
        4. Should not be overly sensitive
        5. Should not be self-rigtheous – i.e, “I’m going to Heaven, the hell with the rest of them”
      4. Quotes:
        1. The greatest proof of Christianity for others is not how far a man can logically analyze his reasons for believing, but how far in practice he will stake his life on his belief – T.S Eliot
        2. The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians: who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable – Brennan Manning
      5. Conclusion: The reason for my existence is to share Christ with others