“Counter-Culture Community” with Dr. Ed Stetzer

“Counter-Culture Community” with Dr. Ed Stetzer


(congregation applauding) – It is good to be here
and good to be back and good to see you. And so thanks for joining
us, at all 18 of our campuses and online as we look
together through this series on counter cultural living
in an age of outrage, it’s a bit intimidating to actually share some of the things when it’s from a book that you’ve actually written. And so a little intimidating to do that. But Pastor Rick called me up and said, we wanna do the series, kind
of build around your book, was blessed by that. But we’ve already kind of focused where we need to be, right? We focused on this we believe, we’ve focused on that through singing, worship and the Lord’s
Supper we’ve taken together and now we’re gonna look to the word and the word is based on
some of this conversation from the book, I had the
privilege of putting together called “Christians in the Age of Outrage.” Now, I will tell you, I
wanna tell you a little story how the book came to be, now. What happened was, in 2016, it was an election year
in the United States and presidential election year and there was a lot of angry
people you may have remembered if you watched the news,
and the were upset. And so my publisher said to me, hey, why don’t you
write a book on outrage? And I said, well, you know
what, I don’t know that I, I don’t know if that’s the best thing because I mean it’s 2016. And I said, but by the
time the book comes out takes about a year to write a book, it takes me a year to write a book, it takes Rick Warren 10
years to write a book. (congregation laughing) And they sell a little more. Actually, maybe I should let it simmer. But anyway, “Purpose Driven Life” has sold 32 million copies, I believe, and so “Purpose Driven
Life combined with the book for the Serious Christians
in the Age of Outrage combined have sold over 32 million copies. So it’s really pretty amazing how big of a deal that has been. So, I said to the publisher,
Tyndall, I said Listen, I get you wanna meet
the needs of the moment that’s the desire to meet
the need at the moment but I can’t imagine, it’s 2016, I can’t imagine because takes
a year to write a book for me and then a year to go through the process, editing and into the stores. I said, I can’t imagine
that two years from now, people are still gonna be this outraged. Clearly, I am not good
at predicting the future. Because what’s happened is
the outrage has just grown, the division has become more evident. And that’s why Pastor Rick wanted to do this series counterculture, living in the age of rage. And today, we’re gonna
specifically talk about the power of a gospel shaped people in the midst of a rage filled world. Now, I want you to know, this is not just an issue
at one of our campuses, or 10 of our campuses. This is a global issue around the world, division is growing, anger
is becoming more evident. And what’s the solution? Well, there’s multiple solutions. Some of them will be political, some of them will be societal. But I’m gonna talk about one
place and part that Christians are to play in this conversation. And it’s real simple. This text is gonna remind us
we are to live like Jesus, to do it with others, letting love be our guide and be thankful. So we’re gonna see how
the power of community when Christ is at the
center of that community. When he is all and in all, we’re gonna see how
that becomes God’s tool God’s vessel to engage an outraged world. Now we wanna look at some verses before we get to our main text, our main text is going to be
in the book of Colossians, you’d like to follow
along, in chapter three. But before we get to our main texts, which begins at verse 12, I wanna actually read to
you some of the text before that I think will help us to
get framed around the theme. So we’ll start at Colossians 3:1-11 I’ve just excerpted parts
of it, it says this, but now you must also rid
yourselves of all such things as these anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language. Now again, right there
could be a great key to live differently. It goes on and says, since you
have taken off your old self, I’m gonna explain that,
with it’s practices. And have put on the new self, this is a key part of the theme we’re talking about
taking off and putting on. Now here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all and is in all. Now this passage great phrase at the end, by the way Christ is all and is in all, that’s some great stuff,
you could learn to live with a whole lot of difficult people, and a whole lot of broken
cultural engagement, just with some of the
things that are right here. And the language here, though, speaks about taking certain things off and putting certain things on I’m gonna explain that
more in just a moment. But let’s not miss that this is written to a people in a new community. The title of my message today is counter culture community
in the age of rage. It’s written to a new community
and in this new community, it says this here, this
is Colossians 3:11. Here, there is no Gentile or Jews, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all and is in all, So don’t miss the groupings
here, slave or free, people in different status
and relationship in life there now one in Christ Jesus, right? It says barbarian or Scythian, barbarians are a generic word, Scythian is probably kind
of the worst representation of the barbarians to
the people at that day. Circumcised, uncircumcised. We’re gonna let Pastor Rick
cover that another day. And then I know my role
as the guest speaker. And then Gentile or Jew. So the distinctions have broken down, a new community has formed
and these instructions are to this new community. Now it’s not just any community. It’s a Jesus shaped, a
gospel centered community in which Christ is all and is in all so there’s something different when Christ is all and is in all. So we’re gonna look specifically
now at Colossians 3:12-17 as we walk throughout the passage, we’ll just kind of walk
through this slowly. I kindly encourage you to take
out your message note sheet you can follow along with that
if you’re joining us online, there’s place and space
to do that as well online. So I wanna encourage you
to follow along with us as we walk through this passage, why? Because I believe the power
of a gospel shaped people in the midst of a rage filled world is worthy of our study today. I’m gonna courage you to live
like Jesus, do it with others. Let love be your guide and be thankful that’s my outline by the way, so let’s start walking through it. Number one, number one look like Christ, look like Christ. Now again, there’s already
hints in this passage. It’s not just about us alone, solitary, autonomous individuals,
but it is about us. Because we’re in this descriptive passage. It says this, therefore,
as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved,
what a beautiful phrase. It’s so beautiful, I want you to read this
verse with me out loud, whatever campus, even if
you’re home, watching online, read this whole verse out
with me, out loud with me. Here we go. Therefore, as God’s chosen
people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with
compassion, humility, gent, oh, (congregation laughing) I skipped the one that I need to work on. Let’s try that again. Let’s figure it up with compassion. You ready with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Thank you for your patience with my miss reading of the text. So again, a Christian
in biblical community is the best antidote to an outraged world. And so Paul writing to
this group of Christians at the church called the Colossians, Paul writes here, and he says to them right at the beginning, the
description of who they are, and what a description it
is, God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved. What a great description
of who we are in Christ. We’re God’s chosen people,
holy, H-O-L-Y, holy, we sing holy and we think
in terms of how God is holy. But the word holy means
set apart, he’s set apart. But here we’re reminded
that we’re set apart. You see too often too many. Today in our world,
they’re being discipled by their cable news channel of choice. I just stepped on some toes
and I wanna apologize for that. They’re being spiritually shaped
by their social media feed. When the Bible says, Paul’s writing, the Apostle Paul to the
church, and he says, You’re God’s chosen people
holy, which means set apart. You’re not to be like everybody else. Holy and holiday come
from the same root word in our English language and holiday is a day set apart, right? Around the world. We will have Independence
Day celebrations, and it will be a holiday. It used to mean holy day, a day set apart. You’re a people set apart
God’s chosen people. Holy/set apart, and then
don’t miss this, deeply loved. Thank God that he deeply loves us. That’s gonna give us the
strength and grace we need, to live as Christians
in the age of outrage. Now the reality is, is this
should point to Christians a new set of characteristics
that they would live, virtues right? These virtues are clothe
yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness,
and patience, right? So these are attributes that
all of us need in our lives in greater measure, here’s
the great thing, right? No matter where you are
listening to this message, this message applies to you
if you’re a follower of Jesus, because all of us need more
of what’s described here. And the reality is, I
think sometimes Christians don’t live out what’s
so described before us. Matter of fact, I think too
many times Christians are known for being mean and angry people. And I don’t think that’s
what God intended. Matter of fact, let’s just do a informal survey every campus. How many of you have seen or been hurt by an angry or mean Christian? Would you raise your
hand for just a second? Hands all over the place, right? Now again, here’s the reality. We say it’s somebody
else, sometimes it’s us. Sometimes we didn’t
know that, we did that. Somebody called me a few weeks ago and said something you
said really hurt me. And I’m like, I don’t
remember saying that. But I’m so sorry, because I
could have been that person. So what I need to cultivate
these virtues in my life, because we wanna not end up
being asked about Christians by the great theologian Taylor Swift. Why you gotta be so mean? (congregation laughing) And by the way you hardly ever find a mean and angry Christian
in true community. We’re gonna see that because
this is related to community. But there’s a language here
that we’ve already picked up on. We’re taking off certain clothes and putting on other clothes. That’s the word picture that
Paul’s using here, right? Taking off the wrong attitudes, putting on the right attitudes or virtues. Now I know, I’m no like,
fashionable person. I don’t know how to even match clothes. Donna, my wife tells me No, no,
no, you’re not wearing that. And so I follow her
directions immediately. But here we’re told to
clothe ourselves with Christ. I was gonna try to illustrate this by actually taking off
clothes and putting on clothes but I thought all of us
would be traumatized, there’s no reason to actually. You’re like aye man, thank you. Thank you for not doing that, right? So, but we gotta ask what does this spiritual fabric look like? When we’re putting off the old nature and putting on these virtues,
these character traits. Pastor Rick, last week talked
about the Good Samaritan. And we know as he explain
good and Samaritan were two words that didn’t
generally go together well in a sentence because people didn’t think Samaritans were good. And he focused on the
shocking nature of that, I’m gonna actually focus
on what makes a person like the Good Samaritan,
clothing yourself, clothing yourself with
compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, can I tell you, this passage directly targets our flesh, you gotta get some things off of you, you gotta get some things out of you. You gotta get some new things into you. You gotta get some new
attributes on to you. So again, and the syntax
and the original language actually weaves it together, right? It’s starts with you are remember you are God’s chosen people
holy and deeply loved. You are so be. So it’s who we are in
Christ you are so be, right? So let me just say this
because this might apply to some of us at different times. If being a Christian has
made you mean and angry, that’s not Jesus shaping your character, that’s something else. It might be an overemphasis
of religious judgmental ism, it might be a sense of
superiority to others, Jesus leads us to a different way. So we’re gonna put on these attributes and that’s not an uncommon
thing for us to hear. Even in our culture. We have dress shoes that we put on right. Some of our campuses have this
thing called winter clothing. Not so common that you would be aware of it here where we are today. But winter clothing is something
you put on in the winter. I’ve heard there’s something
called gym clothes. I’m not really familiar with that. But there’s something called gym clothes that people use, right.? So there’re the to put on and that’s the spiritual
growth in our lives. Now again, there’s so
many here let’s again, it’s compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Let me just take the last one and say when we live these attributes, what an opportunity is for God to show us even more in our lives and in
our relationships with others. Let me tell a story that
I read and tell the story of a taxi driver in New York City. I grew up just outside of New York City, so I love a good taxi
driver, New York story. Taxi driver recounted, he thought this would be
his last drive of the day. So he comes up to the
address and he beeps the horn and waited several
minutes so no one came out and I will tell you New York taxi drivers normally don’t wait if you don’t come out, but something told him
to knock on the door. So he goes and knocks on
the door and out comes a small little 90 year old
woman a woman in her 90s, she gave me the address
and said to the taxi driver but could you take me to a
couple places on the way? He learned that she was actually
on her way to hospice care that beautiful ministry
where somebody is near death and they’re ministered to and alongside somebody on the journey. She was on her way to hospice care. So he starts to take her and for two hours they drive through the city. He writes, these are his words. We drove through the neighborhood
where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds. She had me pull up in front
of a Furniture Warehouse that once had been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl. Sometimes she’d asked me to slow in front of a particular building, or a corner and she would sit staring into the darkness saying nothing. Explains that she finally
got tired after the trip, and so he eventually
drove her to the hospice, and he refused to let her pay. He wrote this almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She held on to me tightly. You gave an old woman
a little moment of joy, she said, thank you. I squeezed her hand and then walked into the dim morning light
behind me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life. He goes on to write I didn’t
pick up any more passengers that shift I drove
aimlessly lost in thought for the rest of the day,
I could hardly talk. What if that woman had
gotten an angry driver or one who was impatient
at the end of his shift? What if I had refused to
take the ride or honked once and then driven away on
quick review, he writes. I don’t think that I have done anything more important in my life. And what’s not to miss this
because this is the beauty of these attributes lived out. You see, when those
attributes that we listed at the beginning are evident
in our lives, compassion, what an opportunity to see
somebody minister to, right? Kindness, what an opportunity
to see someone respond, as the love of God is
shared through your life. Humility, by the way,
humility wasn’t a virtue in the Roman Empire when this was written. So humility shows up on the
list and there were other lists of virtues that would circulate in and around the first century, but humility wouldn’t even be on the list of a Roman Empire person. Gentleness, imagine the
(mumbles) patients and so I mean, those beautiful, I could
go through all of them, but you are not patient enough to let me have a sermon that last
an hour and a half. I think only Pastor Rick gets
to do that, occasionally. (congregation laughing) I stick with the 40 minutes. So again, the virtues
that we are to put on are evident before us, right? And this is what it’s like to listen and be patient as taxi drivers story, when we put on these virtues, we get ready for the age
of rage, but not alone. It takes a community,
and that’s gonna lead us to where we’re gonna go in just a moment. But I wanna remind you the
power of a gospel shaped people in the midst of a rage filled world is pretty powerful to see. So what we’re gonna do,
we’re gonna live like Jesus, that’s these attributes,
we’re gonna do it with others, we’re gonna let love be
your guide and be thankful at least number two in our line, and that’s to forbear, and to forgive. Say the word forbear with me
all of our campuses, would you? Forbear. One more time, forbear. I wanted you to say that because it’s not a normal
word that we use, right? You probably haven’t
gone to one of your kids and said, I’m just
forbearing you right now. But it’s not a word we use a lot. It means patience, self control,
restraint and tolerance. But it’s actually comes,
most of us probably know what the word means you’ve heard it used, it’s just not a daily word that we use. In Colossians 3:13, it’s
actually translated this way, bear with each other
and forgive one another. If any of you has a
grievance against someone, forgive as the Lord forgave you. Now, again, I use the word forbear rather than bear with
because I think it gives, it’s actually from the King James Bible. Now, some of you have read the
King James Bible in English, that must just forbeareth with othereth can be a little much, but
I like the use of the word forbear here, it reminds
us of something more than just kind of hang with that person. I don’t want you to miss this, not just hanging around that person, it’s bearing their burdens to
forbear some of the struggle that they have, choosing
forgiveness when others rage. Matter of fact, this is really powerful, but I want you not to miss this, right? Hopefully, you got your notes sheet here, if you’re watching online,
you can do this as well. But look where it says when it talks about under
this passage it says, bear with each other
right under number two, bear with each other
and forgive one another. If any of you has a grievance
against someone forgive, circle the word as forgive
as the Lord forgave you. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. So you know what Paul
does the Apostle Paul in writing this letter the Colossians he ties forbearing and forgiving
into the gospel itself. Forgive as God has forgiven you. It directly appeals to the
gospel, were to put Christ first and to forgive others
because of the forgiveness that Christ has shown us. So the gospel is our
motivation for forgiveness. So motivation for putting
on the virtues of Christ, the work of Christ and the
power of the Holy Spirit to overcome the flesh by putting that off, and instead putting on a
sacrificial love modeled by Jesus. We put on those virtues. That doesn’t mean that
they’re always so easy right? I’m thinking about how easy
it is just for us to not wanna forbear with other people we get irritated easily I
mean think about the person not using their turn signal when you turned into church this morning. I saw you. (congregation laughing) I quickly forgave you but I did see you. What about people who
think their cell phone is a speakerphone you ever seen
those people walking around? Hi Mom, just walking around like this. Like No, we don’t all wanna
hear your conversation with her. Slow drivers in the passing lane. Yeah, I better stop, right
now I can feel the flesh coming back on, put off the
flesh, put on the spirit. But here’s the thing. It takes effort to forbear
with some people, right? Easy people. Easy to get along people
are easy to forbear but to bear one another’s
burdens is different. Burdensome people are harder
to forbear and to forgive. And some people are more burdening. Now, I want you to, this
is really important. If that person is sitting
next to you right now, do not look at them. (congregation laughing) And some of you did, I saw that, like he’s talking about you right now. Did you get that note? Did you write that down? But it happens all different ways. Sometimes it’s in a relationship, a marriage or workplace a neighborhood, escalation of conflict, outrage. When I was flying here
to give this message I got on a plane I got on United 684, that’s the actual flight number. I was flying through Houston so I was coming from Houston
to Orange County Airport to be here this weekend and share across all of our campuses. And, we had an interesting journey because everyone sort
of lines up at Houston. Gate E8, right? So we have really nothing in common but all of a sudden we’re in
association with one another, we all sit in the same place, we listened to the lady talk to us from the microphone and the handset, then people start boarding
the plane and she says, The first group boards and they board and they kind of look
down on the other people while they walk by, right? You’ve seen that, you’ve seen that. Shaming them for being in group five. (congregation laughing) Saying you’re never gonna get your roller board on board, right? So and again in the plane. And so we all walk down
through the same metal chute we get into the same plane, we sit super uncomfortably
close to one another, right? And we have association but
there’s no participation in one another’s lives, right? Sometimes that’s what
the church can be like if we don’t move to greater
levels of involvement. But let me tell you a little more about the story of my plane. So we had an incident, right? So I was seated, just
seated, getting ready. I was like, I was actually reviewing my notes for this message. And this guy, starts running and yelling down the middle of the plane, right? And I wanna tell you in 2019 that’s not the best strategy
for anything, right? (congregation laughing) So he’s starts running down the aisle and he’s yelling, can somebody
just take your bag out so we can have some room
for our musical instruments, we’re musicians we need room. And he’s just yelling and everyone’s like, just when people are yelling
on planes alert levels go up. So the gate agent, he
comes in and he comes in and says you get off this plane right now. And so, his wife had at
this time and come on and so she’s like, no, please please. We have to make it so she
falls down onto her knees this is not a preacher’s story this really happens, right? (congregation laughing) So she falls down on her
knees and says please don’t throw us off the plane. And you know what everybody does? Because everyone’s so caring,
loving this is what they do. (congregation laughing) Right? Like the whole section
has their cameras on. And the gate agent is
just saying to this guy just ran screaming down
the aisle the plane, all the videos gonna show is
him with this woman saying please don’t throw me off the plane. And by the way, if you’re
here today, I still love you. But that was not a great strategy for you. But what was interesting
was the gate agent, having seen 47 cameras
pointing at him, said, okay, and he actually very well
de escalated the situation, dealt with safety issues,
de escalated the situation. And you know what’s funny? I was sharing this last
night and a woman came up and said I was on the same plane. That was so crazy, right? It was, but you know what I’m
thinking but this has happened and I’m thinking sermon illustration. That’s what I’m thinking. (congregation laughing) Because right there, I
mean, people are mad. So this guy was mad, he
couldn’t put his luggage up top and then the gate agent was mad because he ran down the plane. And then people started getting mad at the gate agent who was, and it was like everybody was mad. And I didn’t record it to show it to you. (congregation laughing) Because that appears to
be the response of 2019. So then we take off and then
there’s some turbulence. It’s always a good opportunity to start sharing the gospel with people. (congregation laughing) So no one’s thinking to themselves, I don’t need Jesus when
the plane is shaking. But here’s the thing. We had a weird trip, we
landed here at Orange County, walked out the gate and walked
through the same metal tube. So we had this association, but we didn’t have this participation. I don’t want you to miss this right? Because a lot of you are
coming to a Saddleback campus, somewhat like that without the
yelling person come in there. And you come in, and you come
in through the same doors. Matter of fact you even have a campus, I’m at Saddleback blank and a time and I go to Saddleback blank
campus at such and such time, so just like United 684, you have Saddleback blank and
a time and you can Come in, and you sit facing forward, sometimes even uncomfortably close. And you see what goes on up here, but you’re not actually
engaging in one another’s lives. I’m not saying that’s with everybody. But for far too many
at all of our campuses. We have association,
but not participation. We’re in proximity, but
we’re not in community. And what I’m telling you when it says, bear with one another, and
forgive, to forgive, to forbear, and to forgive means to be in
community with other people, you need counterculture community to live in this age of rage. And at all of our campuses. There’s a connection center,
you can go to and say, I’d like to move from sitting
in rows to sitting in circles, to learn and to encourage one another so I can live like Jesus. Do it with others. Let love be our guide and be thankful. Remember this from Class 201. This is the actual notes from Class 201, you remember that? Many of you took this and we talked about I need encouragement, I
need accountability Christ, there’s power When people pray together, fellowship is a witness
to the world, right? I love this. I actually wrote my first
doctoral dissertation on the four basis, and I love the impact that this kind of thing does. But we have to follow through. And if you’re not yet in community, let’s encourage you to
move from sitting in rows to sitting in circles and to head out to the connection center
at all of our campuses. So we start with living like Jesus, right? That’s first and foremost. That was number one on our outline look like Christ, living like Jesus. Number two is forgive and forbear, that means we’re moving into
a deeper sense of community that may be what God has for you today. Number three is to lead with love. lead with love. Now, some people love to tell
others that they are mature. They got a lot of obscure
Bible knowledge perhaps, they said they want deeper teaching, but I have to tell you, maturity of faith is really so often evidence by how we love others in the Bible. Matter of fact, phrases
like above all these things or before anything else, I’m a clanging gong but
without love I am nothing, love consistently is
above these other things and in Colossians 3:14 it says this. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all
together in perfect unity. Now again, there’s still a
word picture going on here is the word picture of that clothing, but this kind of loses us because we wear clothing differently than they did then. So let me explain a little background. They will be more robes, right? So people wear robes still today in much of the Middle
East, people wear robes. And sometimes there’ll
be more than one robe which is actually a way to keep cool, which seems strange to us,
but has to do with desert. And so they would wear different robes and different things. And then there was one thing
that they would put over the outside of those robes that would be, it’s like it would be what we call a belt. So they would actually have a
belt and it would be the most obviously often in a different color. And so they tie around the belt and why? Because above all these virtues
we’re putting on the virtues remember compassion and
kindness and patience. We’re putting on these virtues. But love goes on the outside. And when love is on the outside,
if people see that love, they see the Christ who dwells within us. It ties all of those things
together, so it’s like a belt. So I brought a belt actually
to illustrate this morning. here’s an actual belt, right? So the study guide many of you are doing “Christians at our Best” is actually co written by Andrew McDonald. So I actually borrowed his belt, you can actually tell
it’s actually not my belt, so you can actually tell that so. (congregation laughing) But I said I need your belt. And so he gave me his belt. So what does the belt mean for us? Right? It’s the outermost world facing virtue. If we’re known as a loving people, that means we have done
well in the outer most world facing expression of our
Christian lives is to love others. So again, this metaphor
of taking off some things, putting on some other closes all here and it binds everything together. Other places in the book of Colossians Paul’s writing to the church and they think that other
people are getting visions and he’s like you got special visions whatever you need love it. (mumbles) say, you got
a doctorate degree great but you need love. You wanna go home from
church feeling smarter but not loving, you need love. So Love is like the belt
holding the clothing on. And in doing so it holds it all together. Now, remember Pastor Rick
talked about last week he wanted Saddleback to be
known as the most loving church in the world filled with the most loving people in the world. If love is that which shows
on our outer most presentation of our lives, people will indeed see that. There’s a lot of ways we can go right? We can join in the outrage of the world, we can get upset and
angry with other people, or we can do what Paul the
Apostle writes elsewhere. What he calls Love is the most
excellent way most excellent. I know that sounds like a
phrase from the late 90s but, that’s 2000 years old,
the most excellent way. So a loving church in true community produces loving Christians who
counter the age of outrage. Let me say it again a loving church, in true community
produces loving Christians who counter the age of outrage, right? So like we’re talking about the power of a gospel shaped people in the midst of a rage filled world. Remember, we’re saying live like Jesus, do it with others forbear and forgive. Let love be your guide you
lead the outermost presentation is love and loving and be thankful. Number four on our
outline is dwell in peace. dwell in peace. It’s interesting because in writing “Christians
in the Age of Outrage” one of the conclusions I came to was that a lot of the
reason that people are angry is because they’re afraid. They’re afraid that the
culture is changing. They’re afraid that they
might lose their rights or their privileges or
whatever else it may be. And so sometimes when that’s
there we see this alternative. Let the peace of Christ, look at it here, it’s Colossians 3:15, let the peace of Christ
rule in your hearts, since as members of one body, did you see how it’s not
about us individually? As members of one body, you were called to peace and be thankful. Now I know when you see and
you are called to peace, some of you are like the the peace plan. Well, this is the peace
plan that actually impacts each of us because
we’re dwelling in peace. How can that be? Right? Sometimes people think the opposite sometimes people think well, what if this next election doesn’t go the way that I want it to do? I’m filled with fear and fear
leads to anger and to outrage. What if the politics at work
kind of marginalizes me? And I’m afraid, so I’m
gonna join in and get angry. What if in my family, what they’re saying about
me to my cousin sticks and what I really am doesn’t
stick and so we’re afraid so we get angry and some people think that their anger is gonna
somehow tip the scales. Change the election or whatever? Can I just tell you, for Christians who post angry things about
politics on social media? Let me just say this, I get by the way, I’m not saying don’t be
involved in politics. But for Christians who
post angry mean things about people who disagree with them, Can I just tell you, you
actually don’t probably have any members of
whatever legislative body you’re working with and through, looking at your social media saying, Oh, well, if she says this, I’m
changing my vote, right? It doesn’t work that way. But the question is, will
your witness still exist? Or will you burn bridges with people because you’ve spoken of them in demeaning and angry ways? Again, I’m not saying you
can’t speak up and speak out. I’m saying angry and demeaning ways that I’ve seen far too
often from Christians. You know what changes that? Dwelling in peace, having confidence that
your father has got this that he is in charge, why
let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,
we’re members of one body God’s got this under control? I told you before, I have
three amazing daughters. 15, 17 and 21 so awesome in so many words. And so my middle daughter is Jacqueline and she’s just like me, middle child, little
rambunctious, little challenge. My mother calls me once in
a while says yeah, yeah, don’t even talk to me, you
are worse than any day. And Jacqueline even looks like me. If you slap a goatee on her. It’s pretty much me, right? (congregation laughing) Just a very beautiful version of me. So when she was smaller, she was a little I don’t even remember her age, but just a few years old
enough that she could climb the ladder on the slides, she would go up to the top of the slide. And you can actually get
kind of on the outside of the slide and then jump. Now if you did that, it was far enough that
you’d hurt yourself. So but Jacqueline being the
rambunctious child that she was, she knew what she was doing. So she sort of went just
on the edge of the slide and she’d Wait for me to walk
in nearby and say, Daddy, I would look and she
would hurl herself on me. Boom, and I’d catch her. And what was fascinating
was she knew that her father had this under control. She could take the leap of faith, she had complete peace. She never thought when I was near that she was gonna face plant in the dirt. And so she would, I’d be walking, sometimes I’d be walking by
talking to my other daughter and she’s like, Daddy, I’m like, Oh, wait, so she would jumped on to me. But she had this full confidence. She said, Daddy’s got this. Her father has this he’s got this, she knew that he’s got this. Now here’s what I want you not to miss. When you live your
Christian life in such a way that you know that your
Heavenly Father’s got this. You don’t have to live a
life that’s shaped by fear of workplace politics or national unrest or difficulties in the family. When you know that God’s got this and you say, how come you’re not in fear because the culture is so
filled with outrage and anger? Here’s one of the reasons why. I’ve read the end of the book, Jesus wins. (congregation applauding) And he’s got this in the meantime, you want the peace of Christ
ruling in your hearts, you gotta get the fear and the
selfishness out of your heart and then I love the
phrase and be thankful. It’s put out there. It’s an emphatic phrase
in English language, and be thankful. And I think about my kids right
think about my kids as well. Because sometimes like dad,
would you take us to Disneyland? And I said, well, I don’t
know I mean, we have a park and it’s got one of those
really fast carousels that I can pull you on. And they’re like, Dad it’s not Disneyland. I’m saying listen, when I was a kid, we played on stuff like this. We spun around, but there was
concrete when we fell off. And we were thankful. (congregation laughing) You said that to your kids, right? And we ate dirt and we liked it. (congregation laughing) So there’s a certain
emphatic phrase here, right? And be thankful because
when you are dwelling in peace and thankful your reactions, to the world look
different, they’re changed. So be thankful why? Because he’s got this. Now you’re saying Ed,
but my output I’m just I got a lot of that vitriol
and anger and that rage. Can I tell you this is key
new output requires new input, you gotta change what you’re
receiving on the inside, so that you can actually project
differently on the outside. So love that outermost
garment can be evident. So he’s got this but don’t
miss the nature of this text. He’s got this, but we’re
all in this together. Listen to verses 16 and 17, that speak about how the
community helps us with this. Remember, this is counterculture community in the age of rage, it says this, let the message of Christ
dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through
psalms, hymns and songs from the spirit, singing to God, with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do,
whether in word or in deed do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus. Giving Thanks three times, giving thanks, giving thanks to God
the Father through him. You know how you do those things? Where it says, You teach
and admonish one another? Can I tell you what a great
godly thing it would be, is that if somebody here
at a Saddleback Church in a Saddleback campus saw
someone in their small group saying or doing things online and say, Can I just tell you, I love you, we’re in this community together. I’m not sure that’s glorifying the Lord. I’m not sure that’s the best way to engage a world around us. That’s actually admonishing one another, teaching and admonishing, singing psalms and hymns
and spiritual songs, what a beautiful time of worship we’ve already had today. Having thankfulness in your hearts to God, and then it says, Whatever
you do, in word or deed, do everything in the
name of the Lord Jesus, there’s no segmentation. It’s not that you’re a
Christian on the weekend, and you’re just worldly at work and online and with your family and
in your neighborhood. Why? And let me close with this. Because Christ is all and is in all. Remember that phrase from
earlier in the passage. That’s what its pointing us back to, It’s the idea that Christ is the total an all encompassing concern of my life. He is more important than anything else that’s expressed to the
most outermost garment, which is love what the world sees. That’s expressed through the
virtues that I have put on. We live like Jesus. Remember, we do it with others. Let love be your guide, and be thankful. I love singing the song
he is my All in all, speaks back to this passage. So here’s my question for
you, as a follower of Jesus, how do you respond to
take off certain things put on others, outermost
garment being the belt that reflects and people see the love of Christ in your life? How do you do that? When Christ is all and is in all. When he is the all encompassing focus and priority of your life, it changes you and it shapes you. So my encouragement is so simple, right? We’re gonna talk and sing in just a minute about him being here and moving in our hearts
and how we worship Him, because his presence
changes us and the community that we’re in shapes us,
let me just say, again, I don’t want you to miss this. If you’re not in a small group, you know many of them are doing the series that going along with the messages. But it’s not just about that, if you’re not in a small group, you’re not gonna actually have
the kind of plural nature, the relationships to forgive,
to forbear and forgive that I’ve spoken up in this text. My encouragement to you is real simple. We can live in counterculture
community in the age of rage, because Christ is all and
is in all, he’s sovereign. God’s got this. You don’t have to be angry, you don’t have to be
afraid, He’s in control. Christ is all and is in all, knowing that changes who we are. And just think about it for just a moment, 15, 20 years of spiritual journey, maybe you’re a brand new
believer of two weeks, think about how your life will change as he changes you in
community with others. Would you pray with me? Father, we come before you
again today we trust you that you indeed, are at
work in the world around us even in the midst of the division, Christ is all and still in all. Father, I pray that you might speak to the hearts of believers today. Maybe some believers who
are not living in community, that you might speak to
their hearts and burden them even now to find a way
and a place and a space so that others might encourage them. They might forbear and forgive they might admonish one another, and they might grow together. Father, like Pastor Rick prayed, I pray, may Saddleback be
known as the most loving church in the world and its people
as the most loving people. But Father, I’m reminded
again from this passes, that happens in community. Father, I also pray for those
who might not be followers of Jesus here and they’ve heard us talk maybe they’re listening in
as we talk among believers about areas we need to grow. Father, I pray for
those who don’t know you may be watching online
or all of our campuses, that you might speak to their hearts and they might say I need that in my life. That kind of change from the inside out that only comes from knowing Jesus. Father, I pray that you would cause them to confess their sins and trust you and they might receive the
new life you have for them. Father, I pray they might
share that with a pastor before they leave any of our campuses. Father, most of all, I
do pray that all of us would be reminded that
Christ is all and is, in all, just while we’re praying right
now at all of our campuses. We just stand to your
feet with me right now. Let’s stand together, right now. Father, we acknowledge, we acknowledge together across all that is Saddleback in our 18 campuses, that Christ is all and is in all and that gives us the
privilege to dwell in peace. Would you say Christ is all with me? Let’s just do it. Christ is all. Father, thank you. Our fullness of our
affection is set upon you. We put off the old we
put on the new virtues, most outer and obvious that have love Because we dwell on the peace that indeed, Christ is all in Jesus name
and for his sake we pray. Amen, and amen. God bless you. (congregation applauding) (upbeat music) – Thanks for checking out
Saddleback’s message on YouTube. My name is Jay and I’m
Saddleback’s online campus pastor, and I’m here to help you take
your next step in your faith, because we all need to grow. 1 Samuel 2:26 says, and the
boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with
the Lord and with people. Samuel was chosen at a young
age by God to be a prophet, but he didn’t remain a child. He grew in size and spiritually
by taking grow steps, Jesus too grew in wisdom and in stature. Christ didn’t remain a child, he matured over his short time on Earth. One of the funniest but harshest
verses is in Hebrews 5:12. It says, You’ve been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone
to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. The writer is saying to
these followers of Jesus that they need to grow up. They may be adults physically, but spiritually, they are babies. I don’t know about you, but
I do not wanna be a baby. I wanna be a healthy adult. And that means I need to
be continually growing. So what does that mean for you? Couple options. First, we would love
to help you get plugged into one of our Saddleback
Church campuses, we have many locations in Southern California
and even internationally. Second, we could even help you
find the nearest local church if there isn’t a Saddleback
location near you. And lastly, you can get
into our online community by joining an online
group that meets on zoom or Skype and start class 101 to learn what it means to be engaged
with our church family from a distance by launching
a gathering in your house. But here’s the deal. We can only help you take a
next step if you let us know you’re watching right now. So take a moment and text 1949 608 6637 or email [email protected]
that you want to grow. My team would love to answer any questions about our campuses, a local church nearby or something about our online community. Looking forward to talking
really soon, thanks for watching.

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