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February 7, 2021 7:00 am
Dr. 2011 says the Lord didn't need to compromise the truth especially reach across cultural divide sociology open up an opportunity for celebrating faithfulness. This is the alternative Dr. Tony Evans modern speaker, senior pastor of Oakland Bible Fellowship in Dallas Texas and president of the urban alternative prejudice takes actors Dr. Evans, you said that most of us have been getting plenty of it since we were kids on learning. It is an easy but as a way of introducing today's message where we start needs to be a call. First of all to the Christian community. But even broader to understand God's perspective on race and culture and to begin to respond to that perspective, rather than all the opinions of men. God created the races he had in the 10 fort he has explained how he wants the races to work and to work together and that's what we should be promoting what we get some practical advice on how to do that as we jump into today's message titled race, culture, and Christ every four years. There the Olympics where the elite athletes of the world come together to compete. They have worked hard to be viewed and understood and seen as the very best of the best and so they come and they compete against other athletes from other countries.
Aspiring ultimately for the gold-medal ultimate recognition of their superiority.
However, when the gold-medal lists things on the platform to receive the gold-medal.
They do not ask tomorrow.
What's their favorite soul. They played the national anthem of the country of which they are a part with their flag flying high because it is understood that happily use their talents and their skills in their efforts and their hard work they represent a bigger country. They represent a bigger kingdom.
It's not just about includes them utilizes them but is bigger than them and so they want it to be made clear that they did this under the banner and under the flag of the kingdom that they represent. God has a kingdom it's made up of citizens and his intention was never that the individual uniqueness is whatever caused them to lose sight of the flag flying over the flag across the flag of our commitment to Christ. America in particular is reaching an all-time low in this issue of race and culture and class just under the surface there is this ever bubbling problem that has gone unresolved, this sinful evil disease of racism, cultural is in classism is too deep for over-the-counter remedies. Radical surgery is needed. Any sicknesses lasted long and run, Ms. B. We need something more radical and much deeper to address this chaotic confusion in the culture. In John chapter 4, we have a definitive statement on this issue coming out of an event that Took Pl. in Jesus's life, Jesus has become popular with all members wanting now baptizing more people than John and it is becoming clear he is emerging, and people are beginning to see that this was no ordinary man will profit.
But Jesus is not yet ready to make his full public declaration of who he is the eternal son of God and so is Judea and goes to Galilee, but we told in verse four he had to pass through Samaria little geography. Judea is in the South. Galilee is in the north and right between Judea and Galilee, Samaria, so it was part of the direct link but the reason John puts it, here is because no docs and you have to pass through Samaria because in Samaria lived in the Samaritan doll.
That's what they were called by Jews, the unclean ones a little bit of history in 722 BC invaded Israel as part of God's judgment.
Many of the Jews back to Assyria and transplanted some Assyrians into Israel. So that was a racial marriage the racial marriage is created. This new group of people called the Samaritans were despises to see the movement by the Jews because of this interbreeding racially and so they wouldn't deal with the Samaritans because they were half breeds and they will unclean. Anyone have anything to do with it. But the Bible says that Jesus had passed through Samaria pass through Samaria is because the 12 o'clock noon as the Scripture says in the sixth hour it's 12 o'clock peasant woman coming to the well we told in verse five, and so we came to the city of Samara call sites on the positive ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph and Jacob's well was there. So Jesus being wearied from his journey, was sitting well.
It was about a six hour there came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, give me a drink.
Verse nine tells us that the woman said to him that you being a Jew, asked me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritan additionally was a Jew. He never identifies himself as a Jew. He never says that he's a Jew so Bentley is basically a Jew just by looking at him, seeing his dress hearing is accent because she doesn't see him and hear him.
He's obviously Jewish so he's a Jew, she words James is being who he was to read somebody else.
Samaria and find out how to speak, Samaritan, and then find out how they dress like and dress like them. We was. He was verbally and it was so we should all creation to talk to a different kind of creation he was able to maintain his racial and cultural but maintain his racial and cultural identity get in the way of doing what his father called him to do that is to reach across the railroad tracks to somebody who was cultural would not return to the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans while God is not calling us to give up how he made us he is not ask to use how he made us to relate inappropriately to people he has made different than us. God is not asking you to be what he's made you as long as you so he is made, you you relate to the people we has made the point that you consult Jesus Christ says can I have a drinking water. The woman is because he's doing something no Jew does is doing something that is people don't do this is been going on since 722 BC. So this is been going on for so she is on by the fat is Jewish lips to my Samaritan, please notice that he hadn't given any Bible yet preached to witness to her yet. He hadn't given her theology, yet she don't even know who is also noticing the nicely see a lot of detail about Jesus would not want to drink out of the cup. I will also have and I just don't do what you want witness to you but I will eat with your witness to you but I will drink with you. Yes demonstrated sociology to the free allergy that wants to come to the woman is just shocked.
Just because he put his Jewish lips there Samaritan is going do what his own race won't because it was the right thing to do so. Jesus tells her it verse 10.
If you knew the gift of God and who it was.
You were talking to who said give me the drinks you would've asked him and he would have given you living water will transition to the spiritual give you living water. Everyone drinks you want to verse 13 will thirst again but whoever drinks the water that I will give him shall never thirst. But the water that I give him will become a well springing up to eternal life woman says what I want that what I want to come here 12 o'clock every day. This is well living.
I don't know when you go with what is. Well, he says don't call your husband.
She's about to have a husband. Jesus said you got that right.
Verse 17 you have correctly said because you have been the one you have now is not your husband.
This you actually say he confronts her with her symptoms. Looseness improprieties become a never gotten a foggy one when the drink from a cup sociology open up an opportunity for theology. Dr. Evans will tell us how the Lord capitalized on that opportunity comes back in a moment to continue this message from his current series race, culture in Christ. This powerful six lesson collection reveals how by following the Lord's example we can bridge the divides and heal the hostilities become so much a part of modern life.
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I'll repeat our contact information for you later after part two of today's lesson and this, words cannot express my gratitude to God for his faithfulness and thought it would have taken this kid out of Baltimore, Maryland given him the opportunities allowing me to earn a doctorate degree the church ministry that would model what we've been doing nationally in international through this ministry that he would build up and give us a staff who are committed to getting this out, reaching hundreds and hundreds of thousands of people with the truth of God. All manner of ways. The impact individuals and families and churches and even communities with the worldview of the kingdom agenda manifestation of the comprehensive God of every area of life and I'm certainly grateful for all the frenzies given us to keep us being able to get God's truth into a needy world. I praise God for 40 years of his fame. The alternative is celebrating 40 years of God's faithfulness here in 2021, and we look forward to continuing the essential work and ministry of his kingdom. Right now Dr. Evans is back with part two of today's message says our fathers worshiped in this mountain.
Verse 20 and you people racial slur by other say that it is the place where you want to worship Jesus as woman. Believe me, Val is coming, and now this memo drew them for you was probably worth about what you know now what we know for some legends of the Jews in our stomachs and now is when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. For such people to fathers extortion attempts God's spirit, and those who worship him must worship him in spirit and truth noticed something when race comes up earlier.
He was a Jew.
She was a Samaritan yesterday from her cup Jesus making no comment no distal reality.
Did you want Samaritan but now she brings up race in relationship to Jesus's father.
When we worship our fathers worshiped in this mountain behind his metal jersey and mangrove humans where the Samaritan temple is located and that's what we go to church to church another juvenile explain this. My daddy told me when you want to get close to God you going to go back and told me that because my granddaddy told me who told me that this is how we live. This is how we worship God this thing is been passed down from my history as part of my heritage as part of my background is how I was right. People do what you do is because your daddy told you because you granddaddy told told you great granddaddy told you we got two different histories. We got two different we were raised on different size of the track. She wished Jesus had nothing to say which is what we bring to the discussion to clarify what you know not your daddy was wrong. You granddaddy was wrong all not working correctly not worshiping the true God is a tradition you bring up into the equation because allergy anthropology and sociology.
Because when you bring into locations, spirit and truth is gotta be the spirit of the right motivation.
It must operate on an objective standard is a problem we are operating on illegitimate standards that are not rooted in God culture, history, background maybe it's a question we must ask the truth not be the truth nation not be the truth because the truth is the standard by which we measure God's point of view on any subject you a certain way agrees with what God will raise the problem is people rich history, God himself because this is me this is my background is what the people say. Looks like we some progress, but we back up to very little progress on the story. I like to visit on Mrs. Rita sometime Galatians 2, verse 1130 in the chapter about Peter one day having devotions on his rooftop NAC comes down from heaven with all the unclean animals on an God tells him all unclean goddesses don't call unclean.
What I call out to about your background history down to about all that I so what I want you to do what you going to use his house and I want you to tell them about me getting brought with Gentiles. Do not use the Gentiles feel like Gentiles. And so don't you talk about those people like you been raised to thinking about those people. What I want to do with the spider background you have and so obeys the ghost of kinesis house and asked him if he tells them about God and conveniences think they all make a commitment to God. Now this Jews and Gentiles are now Christians and stop computer discovered something that people knew how to cook some pork chops… This, this gentleman you. So in Galatians 2 Peter is with Gentiles boys from the Bible says the circumcision the Jews showed up in so that the Gentiles, it says the Jews who were with him got up and walked away from the Gentiles because they want to open their own race. Paul says when I saw what Peter was doing. I condemn the Peter before the public said you think the true gospel of Jesus Christ. Bad decision you made Jesus Christ and the good news of the cross, which means it brings people together across racial and many people don't know the story.
The story thickens as we get this last section woman says verse 25 know when Messiah comes. He's called Christ when he comes to make everything all right Jesus I speak to you and me, already, you wait. You'll have to wait for verse 27. At this point, the disciples came and they were amazed that he had been speaking with a woman, yet no one said what do you see what you speak with her mentor disciples chicken they come back and I noticed you speaking with woman surprising speaking with a female Jesus become more pleasing to speak to Mary listen to speaks of the nation's blood females what's messing with Missy speaking to a Samaritan which explains why I'm going to count about who never dealt with races hanging around, but neither did he let them stop him from doing what he was supposed to do. So just isn't right. Do what's right so they can they come in when they come.
The woman runs in the town and she says, verse 29 comes to me and told me all the things I've done. So the city all check out this Jesus because of the cross-cultural cross racial witness of Jesus to this woman, saying this about about my trip back to my trip to bring Jesus much food to eat that you do not know about, say no to 370 Jesus and some with peers about verse 34.
My food is to do the will of him who sent me into accomplishing what kills me satisfied me is doing the father's will not satisfy your races culturalist and then he said in verse 35 say four months and then comes the hard lift up your eyes and look on the fields that are already white on stop.
Put middle say we'll get around it is now looking around later fix this later because if you pay attention and look up you'll see the field already ready when I looked up, although Samaritan income across the field.
So what did Jesus do we set up an opportunity to relate to people must always be set up prices to reflect Christ respect Jesus Christ and the family of God. Dr. Evans will go back in just a moment with the thought about the final version. Today's passage before he returns though. I wanted to remind you of that special double offer. I mentioned earlier for limited time when you make a contribution to help support Tony's ministry will say thanks by sending you a copy of his best-selling book oneness embraced along with all six full-length messages from his current teaching series race, culture, and Christ on both CDs and instantly downloadable MP3s is our gift to you with this special offer is only available for a few more days to get the details right email@example.com again that's Tony Evans.org or call our 24 hour resource Center at 1-800-800-3222 were our friendly resource team members are standing by to help you. The Declaration of Independence talks about the right to life liberty and The Pursuit of Happyness, but pursuing something is no guarantee will find it next time. Dr. Evans will looks plain how we can make our pursuit of God more successful. Right now he's back to wrap up today's lesson with a closing thought process. Verse 39 from the city.
Many of the Samaritans believed in him because of the word. The woman testified. He told me all the things I've done. So, when some earnings came to Jesus. They were asking him to stay with him and he stayed there today I met when we start the woman is shot is willing to drink out of couple.
A. Now we can drink the same celebrating 40 years of faith, generous contributions of listeners like you