Tough as Nails – Part 1

Tough as Nails – Part 1

What is the national religion of Canada?  

Belief in God – polytheistic agnosticism  
Values – tolerant agreement
Truth – my feelings make it true  

The World consists of values that are antithetical to God  

1 John 2:15-17 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. 

The World is driven by the Evil One  

One of the values of the World is that there is nothing supernatural a person  

1 John 5:19 We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one.  

The World hates us 

1 John 3:13So don’t be surprised, dear brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. 

Every Month… 

  • 345 Christians are killed for faith-related reasons 
  • 105 Churches and Christian buildings are burned or attacked 
  • 219 Christians are detained without trial, arrested, sentenced and imprisoned 

What does the conflict sound like?   

Polytheism (everyone is right)/ Jesus is only way
Tolerant Agreement/ Sin  
Truth is my feeling/ Truth is found in God’s never changing character 

The Kingdom of God is an upside down world  

1 Cor. 3:18-19 Stop deceiving yourselves. If you think you are wise by this world’s standards, you need to become a fool to be truly wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. 

1 Cor. 3:3 You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? 

World’s values are antithetical to God, is driven by the Evil One and hates us.  

Jesus was unjustly accused, unfairly treated, and mocked.

Jesus was tough as nails 

John 15:18 If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 

Mark 8:34- Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save itWhat good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” 

I am an alien – My home is not here  

Be aware of the battle – I am an alien