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A Word to the Church

May 21, 2017 Speaker: Tom Mercer Series: Living As Exiles

Passage: 1 Peter 5:5-14


Quotes referenced in sermon:

"There are two equal and opposite errors into which our rae can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors, and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight." (C. S. Lewis, Screwtape Letters)

"For whatever reasons, sizable numbers of the specimen 'modern man' have not lost a propensity for awe, for the uncanny, for all those possibilities that are legislated against by the canons of secularized rationality. These subterranean rumblings of supernaturalism can, it seems, coexist with all sorts of upstairs rationalism. In a study of American students, 80 per cent of the respondents expressed a 'need for religious faith,' while only 48 per cent admitted to a belief in God in traditional Judaeo-Christian terms. Even more startling, in a recent opinion poll conducted in western Germany, 68 per cent said that they believed in God-but 86 per cent admitted to praying!" (Peter Berger, Rumor of Angels)

"Christians exhibited chastity, marital faithfulness and self-control in the midst of a decadent, sex-saturated empire...The lives of the believing community, nursed and shaped by the biblical story, enabled them to live as resident aliens, as lights in a dark world...In the cultural context of the Roman Empire their 'contrary values' led to a 'contrary image of community' that was attractive." (Michael Goheen, Introducing Christian Mission Today)

"For he that does not go forward in God's way goes backward. And he that does not persist in seeking loses what he has found, for there is no standing still in the way of God." (Martin Luther, Lectures on Romans)

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