August 28: The Life of Abraham Kuyper
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
This Sunday Josh Herring will continue a series called Christians Creating Culture: An Examination of Gospel Identity, True Community, and Cultural Flourishing at 9:00am in the youth room. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the Old Testament).
Twentieth century Christian author, AW Tozer said, ‘Next to the Holy Scriptures, the greatest aid to the life of faith may be Christian biographies.’ Since 2004, I have preached one sermon a year on a saint whose grace-marked life has had a lasting impact on the church and/or world. I do this for a number of reasons. First, I think it is scriptural. Paul says in Romans 15:4 that ‘God places the saints of old before us as examples to instruct us in life and faith’. Second, I think the church is encouraged as we see God’s grace at work in the lives of imperfect saints. I would also hasten to add that God’s glory is best perceived not through the perfections of his people but through their flaws. Their flaws remind us that they were human like us and yet their accomplishments excite us to think… what might God do with us? Third, learning history helps us see the expansive nature of God’s grace across the ages, reminding us that God’s faithfulness extends to all generations. This week, I want to introduce a saint, unknown to many, Abraham Kuyper. He was a Dutch pastor, theologian, politician, journalist, educator and reformer of a church that had lost its way from orthodoxy. We will see how his impact, especially in thinking though how Christianity effects culture as well as every other sphere of life, is very relevant to us today.
Review and Apply
In what specific ways does the sovereignty of God effect the decisions you make in marriage, parenting, finances, and work? Give examples form this week.
What is a worldview? What is your worldview?
Explain how you can be distinctively Christian as a teacher, politician, or in the military.
In what specific ways can you engage the culture with your faith? If you feel as if you cannot do so, why not?
How ought the truths of Jesus reigning over all change the way we look at art, education, ecology, politics?