A troubling vision of Bacon (Acts 10:9-17a)

A Three Part Series on Vision: How God Used Bacon to Change the World…
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Sermon Notes
Part one:  A troubling vision of Bacon (Acts 10:9-17a)

  • He put bacon in a bacon hater’s vision. 9-12

  • He incorporated bacon into a bacon hater’s diet. 13-16

  • He allows the bacon hater to be confused. 17

  • If my church community is going to come alive then I must come alive as a church community member by learning to seek and hear God in today’s time and in today’s ways.

  • I must seek to hear God speaking to me about my prejudices and obey Him.

  • I must face my culturally set and generationally set fears in order to come together with other church community members as one.

These daily readings are designed to help us to think about and prepare for our congregational vision meeting on March 10th.

  • Monday: (Please take a moment to pray for our congregational vision meeting from 6:00-8:00 on March 10th)
    Q: In what ways does this little picture (Acts 10:9-17a) of Peter hearing and responding to a vision from God speak to you? Can you relate? How?
  • Tuesday:  (Please take a moment to pray for our congregational vision meeting from 6:00-8:00 on March 10th)
    A story told of C. S. Lewis, as a small boy—about six or seven (maybe). One day he announced to his father, ‘Daddy, I have a prejudice against the French.’
    ‘Why?’ asked his father, not unreasonably.
    ‘If I knew that,’ replied the precocious youngster triumphantly, ‘it wouldn’t be a prejudice.’
    Q: Have you ever asked God to show or help you deal with your prejudices (pre judgments) of people, cultures, generation etc…
  • Wednesday: (Please take a moment to pray for our congregational vision meeting from 6:00-8:00 on March 10th)
    Q: What kind of fears arises when new things, people, and cultures come into our lives? Q: What do you think those fears can do to community?
  • Thursday: (Please take a moment to pray for our congregational vision meeting from 6:00-8:00 on March 10th)
    “The Jews divided the world into Jews and non-Jews. The Hebrew word for non-Jews, goyim, carries overtones both of family identity (i.e. not of Jewish ancestry) and of worship (i.e. of idols, not of the one true god yhwh). Though many Jews established good relations with Gentiles, not least in the Jewish Diaspora (the dispersion of Jews away from Palestine), officially there were taboos against the contact such as intermarriage. In the New Testament the Greek word ethne, ‘nations’, carries the same meanings as goyim. Part of Paul’s overmastering agenda was to insist that Gentiles who believed in Jesus had full rights in the Christian community alongside believing Jews, without having to become circumcised.” N.T. Wright  Q: As Christians today do we wrestle with being exclusive with our worship? Q: Do we have cultural rules and traditions that welcome others to come and see the person and work of Jesus? Do we have cultural rules and traditions that fence others from him? If we are in the business of fencing as a church where should our fences be?
  • Friday: (Please take a moment to pray for our congregational vision meeting from 6:00-8:00 on March 10th) Q: Where do you see our church in a year from now?
  • Saturday: (Please take a moment to pray for our congregational vision meeting from 6:00-8:00 on March 10th) Q: What would it take to get to the place you see our church in a year from now?
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4 comments on “A troubling vision of Bacon (Acts 10:9-17a)

  1. F T says:

    What makes you say that you must hear from God “in today’s ways”?
    Are you not hearing from God through His Word, His Holy Spirit, and prayer? Through Spirit filled leaders and In Truth from brothers and sisters (which we would hold against scripture)? Is there a new way to hear from God?

  2. Rick Unruh says:

    Jesus was current in His culture 2000 years ago, yet some of us feel it is wrong to have His message be culturally current today. If we are to minister effectively today we must listen to the timeless message of Jesus in today’s words, not drag ourselves back 20 centuries just to sound “spiritual”.

  3. disableme says:

    There is what scripture meant 2000 years ago in that particular time and in that particular place and then there is what it means now in our particular time and our particular place.

    Culture has changed significantly since the time of Christ and we must take that into account when we seek God’s truth from His Word, The Spirit, Prayer, church tradition, leadership and our Christian brothers and sisters. Just as there was a context for the message of God then there is also one now and we need to know context in order to communicate effectively… or we are just a religiously and irrelevant monolog.

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