March 2, 2013 Wawasee Community Bible Church Milford, Indiana Pastor Josh Weiland
1:10 HOMEWORK Read Revelation 17:1-18:24. Take some time to discuss this passage and what is happening here.
WEEK 26: THE GREAT PROSTITUTE REVELATION 17:1-18:24
The Judgment of the Great Prostitute (17:1-18) KEY IMAGERY: The Great Prostitute = FALSE RELIGION / BABYLON The Many Waters = UNBELIEVERS (v. 15) The Scarlet Beast = ANTICHRIST (v. 8, 13:3-4) Seven Heads = SEVEN MOUNTAINS, SEVEN KINGS (v. 9-10) Five Fallen = Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Seleucid (Greek, Antiochus) One that Is = Rome One, Yet to Come = Most believe this to be Nazi Germany or Antichrist’s Empire in Revelation.
Ten Horns = TEN KINGS (v. 12-14) The Beast is an eighth, but belongs to the seven... (v. 11) JESUS CONQUERS THEM! (v. 13-14) The Saints are with Him: Those who are called, and chosen, and faithful.
The Lament Over Babylon (18:1-24)
This is a warning for believers not to be allied with her... To be in the world, but not of the world... John 17:13-18; 20:21, Matthew 28:19-20, 1 Corinthians 9:22-23, Romans 12:2, etc.
CHRISTIANS & CULTURE: RECEIVE, REJECT, OR REDEEM? It is important for Christians to engage their culture with wisdom. It’s not a question of if you will engage your culture, the question is how will you engage with culture. Will you do so with wisdom? When we as Christians interact with different parts of culture, have three filters through which we must choose to interact:
For the remainder of our study this week, we’re going to look at the relationship between Christians and Culture, and how we ought to live and engage. Pastor Josh discussed this at the close of his message this week. Read John 17:13-18. While Jesus is praying, what does he reveal about how Christians ought to live within this world? (You might even read all of Jesus’ prayer in John 17 for more context.) Read John 20:21. In light of chapter 17, what implications do Jesus’ words here have for the Church? For you as an individual? For your 1:10 Group? Read Matthew 28:19-20. Here, you could argue, Jesus sums up the matter. There is only one command for the Church and for individuals in this passage. (Hint: It’s not “Go,” based on Greek grammar, that should more accurately be understood “As you are going...”) Read 1 Corinthians chapter 9. (I would recommend reading it from the New Living Translation in your 1:10 Group.) What is Paul teaching here? How should Christians engage their culture and contextualize (not change) the Gospel? (You might key in on verses 22-23.)
There are things in culture that are part of God’s common grace to all people that a Christian can simply receive. Technology is a great example. There is no such thing as a “Christian” computer. There is also no such thing as “Christian” money, or “Christian” cars, “Christian” styles of music, etc.
Within the taxonomy of “Receive, Reject, Redeem” that Pastor Josh discussed, we tend to default to either “receive” or “reject”. Which do you default to? What is the default in the family you grew up in?
2) We can REJECT it. (Sectarianism)
What have you rejected that you
1) We can RECEIVE it. (Syncretism)
There are things in culture that are sinful and not beneficial. One example is pornography, which has no redeeming value and need to receive? What have you must be rejected by a Christian. received that you need to reject?
3) We can REDEEM it.
There are things in culture that are not bad in and of themselves, but can be used in a sinful manner and therefore need to be redeemed by God’s people. An example that has resulted in a great deal of media attention is sexual pleasure. God made our bodies for, among other purposes, sexual pleasure. And, although many have sinned sexually, as Christians we should redeem this great gift and all its joys in the context of marriage. *To the best of my knowledge, this taxonomy originates with Pastor Mark Driscoll in chapter 6 of his 2004 book, “The Radical Reformission”.
Read Romans 12:2. In light of this and all of our discussion above, how do you make the decision on what to Receive, Reject, and Redeem? Read Romans 14. Is it going to be identical for everyone?