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The Family Series | Week 1 | The Family and Culture

Posted on Apr 12 at 10:45am

April 12, 2015 – Sermon Notes

Snapshots of our culture

Same Sex Marriage 

  1. 27% – Americans who thought same-sex marriage should be legal in 1996.
  2. 55% – Americans who think it should be legal in 2014. (CNN)
  3. 35 States and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriage. Massachusetts was the first in 2004.
  4. Nearly 8 in 10 (78%) of adults between 18-29 support same-sex marriage. (Gallup)
  5. About 43% of white evangelical millennials support same-sex marriage, according to a 2014 Public Religion Research Institute poll.
  6. “Evangelicals step back from gay marriage fight,” (CNN)

Technology

  1. According to Nielsen, the average teenager now sends 3,339 texts per month. (Mashable)
  2. University of New Hampshire study since 2000 found that 42 percent of online users ages 10 to 17 had seen pornography, and that 66 percent of those had seen it unwittingly, often as display ads on file-sharing sites. (New York Times)
  3. Some researchers have stated that the average age of exposure to pornography is down to eight. (Focus on the Family)
  4. “There are two kinds of Christians in America — those who watch porn and those who lie about it. A new study by the Barna Group shows that 64 percent of Christian men and 15 percent of Christian women admitted to viewing pornography at least once a month, compared to 65 percent of men and 30 percent of women who identified as non-Christian and said they watched porn at the same rate. (Meredith Somers)
  5. “When meeting with a married couple, I no longer ask if it has played a role in the husband and wife’s life. Instead, I ask what role it has played in their lives. Even a man or woman who isn’t tempted by porn has seen it and has been impacted by it.” (Dr. Juli Slattery)

Generational Slide from Christ

More than two-thirds (70%) of churchgoing young adults (18-30) drop out of church between the ages of 18-22. – Essential Church

What’s at stake?

Our families’ spiritual survival and our gospel witness to the culture around us and generations behind us.

What do we do?

Renew grace in our hearts, exercise it in our homes, and see it engage the culture.

Walk in love – position of receiving and giving the grace of Jesus | Ephesians 5:1-2
Walk in light – practice of carrying out God’s design in a dark culture | Ephesians 5:3-14
Walk in alertness – perspective of recognizing the times and how God has designed the family | Ephesians 5:15-17
Walk in abandonment – provision of the Spirit to help families thrive in day-to-day life of the family | Ephesians 5:18-21