Join us this Sunday for a lesson from Pastor Adam Kohlstrom entitled:THINGS WE DON'T DISCUSS IN POLITE COMPANY

By Chestnut Street Baptist Church | Nov 02, 2012
Do you know what’s really special about us here at CSBC?   Nothing! Absolutely nothing!  If you are looking for a perfect church then you are going to be very disappointed with us.  At CSBC you’ll find real people, with real problems, who live real lives, and are all learning to love a real God whose grace is more than enough for all our needs. You see, here at CSBC we don’t need to cling to our own “special-ness” or “goodness” because of the cross of Jesus Christ.  At His cross we find that we are really not so “good” after all.  In fact, we discover that we are unquestionably guilty and yet can be unconditionally loved and forgiven. At Jesus’ cross we learn that He does not want to condemn us in our sins but to save us from them.  At the cross we find that God receives us just where we are but He loves us enough not to leave us there.  God can and will change lives.  He is changing us and can change you as well. So here at CSBC there are only people.  People like me.  People like you.  People like us.  People who desperately need God’s grace.  Everyone is welcome to come and receive that grace.  We invite you to join us on this life-changing journey.  Welcome Home to Chestnut Street Baptist Church!

What did you start out believing Jesus is (and thus his followers should be)

Republican? Democrat? Independent? Apolitical (i.e.: we should not vote at

all)? Other?

 

Discussion

Do you know anyone who has been turned off to Christianity because of

the tendency of some to marry faith to a particular political stance? Jesus’ first

followers spanned the political spectrum: advocates of “big government” (Levi

the tax collector, Luke 5:27) to advocates of “small government” (Simon the

Zealot, Luke 6:15). What hinders some from believing that Jesus’ followers

today might be the same?

 

 In a democracy, everyone - Christian AND non-Christian alike - votes their

values. How would you describe the right relationship between faith & politics?

 

John 18:36. What implications do you think Jesus’ words here have on how

much weight you give to your political views, politicians, or elections?

 

Matt. 7:12. How should Jesus’ words impact how you express your political

views? how you characterize the views of those with whom you disagree?

 

1 Tim. 2:2 says to pray “for kings and all those in authority.” Are you more

likely to pray “for” leaders or to pray “against” them? Is there a difference?

 

1 Cor. 6:9-11 is not a passage of condemnation but of hope: "that is what

some of you were" (past tense). Jesus has not come to condemn us in our

sins (Jn. 8:11) but to save us from them (Jn. 3:17). How should this truth affect

the way we talk about and interact with people who struggle with these sins?

 

Matthew 19:4-6. Jesus – teaching about marriage – refers to God’s design

and intention for human relationships from the very beginning of creation by

quoting Genesis 1:27 and 2:24 (see also Genesis 2:18). What implications do

you think Jesus’ words should have upon the current marriage debate?

 

Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.

Morning Worship Service, 10:45 a.m.

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