This is my pre-worship exhortation from a recent Sunday:

It's undeniable: Our culture changing, and changing rapidly. The question for us is just as obvious: Will we change with it? Culture changes continually. But the Word of God does not change. In 1 Corinthians 15-16, Paul commands us to be "steadfast, immovable" (1 Cor. 15:58) and to "stand firm" (1 Cor. 16:13). If the culture moves away from God, we must make sure we do not move with it, but stay firmly planted on God's unchanging truth. We certainly should change -- but we should change by growing and maturing in wisdom and faithfulness. If our culture is not maturing in these ways, then when the culture changes, we cannot change with it. Standing against the culture as a counter-culture is certainly not easy, as it requires courage and resilience, but it is the calling of the church. We do not want to stand out just for the sake of standing out out; we do not seek to be different just for the sake of being different. We want to stand out as people known for love and truth because love and truth are the marks of Christ's disciples.

This post is based on the pastoral exhortation given before the worship service on May 15, 2022 at TPC.

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