Last week, Deen Salami brought the message. He spoke about not being conformed to the world (Romans 12:2), using the example of David and Mephibosheth (II Samuel 9).
David's Desire was to keep his promise to his best friend Jonathan. This went against the culture -- to kill any possible rivals to the throne.
David used his position and power to radically alter Mephibosheth's life. He also made it personal.
Mephibosheth's plight was that he was disabled and in exile. David gave him prosperity, property, and personnel.
David went looking for Mephibosheth.
David's Devotion was modeling God's kindness.
We have a lavish God.
We, too, have been given lavish blessings through Christ.
Our culture needs to see God's kindness through us. Model an extravagant level of kindness.
[Gateway has a Benevolence Team. Talk with Deen about joining it!]
We want a thousand more stories of how God shows his kindness through us to change someone's life.
Pray about giving to the Benevolence Team.
Pray about joining the Benevolence Team.
We can use our position in the community to help people.
Back to Romans 12:2 -- How do we keep from being molded by the world?
Power in our country is in media. Unplug!
Resistance is not futile, but resistance is not enough.
Spend time with God and his people to gain better perspective on how to live.
This is how we transform.
The culture needs us now more than ever.