Spiritual Formation

Counter-Cultural Christians

Christians need to be counter-cultural. Not simply by voting or participating in the political process, but even more significant by living counter-culturally. What are the moral inclinations of our society? What philosophy is being propagated in our culture? How do the moral values of our society clash with the God-given values of the Bible?


A Counter-Cultural Christian’s Relationship must reveal . . .

Submission

not

selfishness

Service

not

demands

Sincerity

not

hypocrisy

Sacrifice

not

unyieldedness

Others

not

self

Compassion

not

hostility

Liberty

not

license

Obedience

not

self-will

Unity

not

division

Authenticity

not

deception

Availability

not

unreliability

Accountability

not

independence

Assurance

not

judgment

A Counter-Cultural Christian’s Character must demonstrate. . .

Love

not

hate

Joy

not

dismay

Peace

not

stress

Patience

not

anxiety

Kindness

not

rudeness

Goodness

not

corruption

Faithfulness

not

disloyalty

Gentleness

not

cruelty

Self-control

not

lack of discipline

A Counter-Cultural Christian’s Thoughts must be . . .

True

not

false

Noble

not

common

Right

not

improper

Pure

not

corrupt

Lovely

not

obnoxious

Admirable

not

contemptible

Excellent

not

mediocre

Praiseworthy

not

unsuitable

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. (ESV) Philippians 2:1-4

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (ESV) Galatians 5:22-23

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (ESV) Philippians 4:8

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

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