Preaching Program Term 3/4 2018
Act justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly
God’s people are called to engage in the practical struggle to apply biblical principles in the day to day issues of life. A simplistic “proof texting” approach to these complex issues will not cut it. We consider some of the “hot button’ ethical questions and some of the big themes of the Bible that should inform and shape our response.
19th August Walking with the living God Micah 6:1-8 Greg Burke
26th August Slavery 1 Corinthians 7:21-24 James 5:1-6 Greg Burke
2nd Sept Obeying God or human authorities? Romans 13:1-10, Lk 20:20-26 Dave and Liz
9th Sept Living to please God 1Thess 4:1-12 1Peter 4:1-11 Janine Steele
16th Sept Pornography Philippians 4:4-9 Janine Steele
23rd Sept Love your neighbour Luke 10:25-37 Steph Colacino
30th Sept Racism Revelation 7:9-17 Greg Burke
7th October The Environment Genesis 1:24-2:3 Psalm 24 Katie Bolton
14th October Domestic violence Ephesians 5:21-6:4 Greg Burke
21st October Living in the light of Jesus’ return 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 2 Pet 3:10-15 Russ James, Bible League
28th October Social media Matthew 23:23-28; Luke 13:7-24 Janine Steele
4th November Euthanasia Psalm 139 Janine Steele
11th November War Isaiah 9:1-7; Micah 4:1-5 Bruce Pollard
18th November Work Genesis 1:26-2:4; 3:17-19 Matthew 12:1-14 Greg Burke
25th November Disability Luke 14:12-24 John 9:1-12 Janine Steele
Recommended reading for our sermon series on Contemporary Ethical Issues
Issues Facing Christians Today by John Stott.
“Issues Facing Christians Today-helps thinking Christians sift through and respond to a sweeping array of complex and pressing topics. Fully endorsed by John Stott, this fourth edition of his time-tested book has been thoroughly revised and updated by Roy McCloughry. The authors bring important current issues under the lens of biblically informed thinking. Combining a keen global awareness with a gift for penetrating analysis, they examine such concerns as – Pluralism and Christian witness- Cohabitation- Environmentalism and ecological stewardship- War and peace- Abortion and euthanasia … and much more An entirely new chapter on bio-engineering has been contributed by Professor John Wyatt of London University. Including a study guide, Issues Facing Christians Today is essential reading for Christians who wish to engage our culture with insight, passion, and faith.” These are the Publisher’s notes and they sum up this excellent book very well. It is a little dated now, the fourth edition was released in 2006, but most of its chapters are as relevant as ever. In particular, Stott’s arguments for the necessity of Christian involvement in what are sometimes seen as “secular issues” is a timely reminder of the need for biblically informed and academically rigorous engagement with our world on issues that affect us all.
Issues Facing Christians today can be ordered from Koorong direct or through the church office. It costs $25