Nov 11, 2018
We’re Ticked and It Mobilizes Us
Series: Ticked
Acts 16:16-40
 
Collective Christian anger can mobilize the church towards meaningful work.
 
After Paul was released from prison in Philippi, he pressed the issue about the punishment he received unjustly. Instead of “cutting his losses” and getting out of harm’s way, Paul insisted on a public apology, bearing witness to the oppressive system that preyed upon the vulnerable.
 
Speaking truth to power has been part of the Christian tradition, especially as we examine the ways Jesus displayed defiance towards crooked social orders.
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  • Nov 11, 2018We’re Ticked and It Mobilizes Us
    Nov 11, 2018
    We’re Ticked and It Mobilizes Us
    Series: Ticked
    Acts 16:16-40
     
    Collective Christian anger can mobilize the church towards meaningful work.
     
    After Paul was released from prison in Philippi, he pressed the issue about the punishment he received unjustly. Instead of “cutting his losses” and getting out of harm’s way, Paul insisted on a public apology, bearing witness to the oppressive system that preyed upon the vulnerable.
     
    Speaking truth to power has been part of the Christian tradition, especially as we examine the ways Jesus displayed defiance towards crooked social orders.
  • Nov 4, 2018A Loved One is Ticked
    Nov 4, 2018
    A Loved One is Ticked
    Series: Ticked
    Romans 12:17-21
    The Christian life does not exempt us from suffering, including having difficult people in our lives. The New Testament provides us with what faithfulness looks like while in community with challenging people.
  • Oct 28, 2018The Former Member is Ticked
    Oct 28, 2018
    The Former Member is Ticked
    Series: Ticked
    1 Peter 2:11-12, 15; Jude 22-23
     
    As we commit financially to Advent’s future mission, we also re-commit inwardly to not belittle those who doubt around us, but engage them with a thoughtful and gracious witness.
     
    We live in an age where many have left the church due to disappointment. For some, it is their personal experiences that have created resentment, preventing them from wanting to try again. For others, the growing distrust within the public square with the church (due to leadership scandals, sexual misconduct cover-ups, and what is perceived as mixed up priorities).
     
    An image emerges with Peter's command; the "silence" of the talk of outsiders is like a dog-muzzle. Believers can live such winsome lives that those who accuse us prove to be "all bark and no bite."
  • Oct 21, 2018The Believer is Ticked
    Oct 21, 2018
    The Believer is Ticked
    Series: Ticked
    Matthew 5:21-26; Ephesians 4:25-29
    A tension exists within the New Testament about the believer and anger. It isn't as simple as "the Christian should never get angry." There seems to be an allowance for the Christian to experience the emotion of anger in the midst of a life of faithfulness.
  • Oct 14, 2018Ticked – God is Ticked
    Oct 14, 2018
    Ticked – God is Ticked
    Series: Ticked
    Ticked: A Series about Anger
     
    Anger is a common emotion for all, but it can be a challenge to know when anger is an appropriate feeling in different circumstances. Some might suggest that we live in an angry culture, where angry people are nearly tearing our world apart. How do we know how to be faithful to God and deal with our angry emotions? This series will seek to answer a few questions about anger and provide ways to deal with and use our anger in a Christian way.
     
    God is Ticked
    Psalm 103:8-10; Micah 7:18-19; Psalm 30:5; Genesis 6
     
    The issue of whether a Christian can be angry is a complex one. God gets angry in the Bible, so perhaps all of our anger isn't bad. It's important to consider the anger ratio. God's anger lasts a "moment" but favor lasts a lifetime.
     
    After considering a God who can be angry (and who is also holy), perhaps our study of anger should consider unhelpful anger versus holy anger.