Tuesday, January 14, 2014

SGI 2014

The beginning of the month, I had the opportunity to travel to the Detroit area to attend the Student Global Impact conference. This year's theme was "To live is Christ, to die is gain", taken from Philippians 1:21.

Below are some of my notes from the first general session. The speaker was Dr. Dave Doran, pastor at Inter-City Baptist Church. He spoke from 1 Corinthians 9:19-23.

Some questions we must ask ourselves:
How do we live in the world while not becoming like it?
What does it look like to be a follower of Christ and yet not conforming to the world even though we are still here.
How do you remain redemptively in contact without being assimilated into the lifestyle of those who do not follow Christ.
How do you live in your culture without compromising the gospel?

As we seek to evaluate what being a follower of Christ looks like, we need to remember that the same principles are valid globally, but the application will vary by culture.

A God-honoring response to a cultural issue is based upon the advancement and truth of the gospel. Make sure the offense (to someone else) is over the gospel, not over something else.
Be controlled by the advance and truth of the gospel. Our actions need to result in the glory of God. Part of following Christ means serving as Christ served.

We need to avoid both isolation and assimilation. The gospel needs to come into the daily choices we make.

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