New Sermon Series Begins This Sunday on the American Dream
by Monty Watson on July 10th, 2013
As Americans, we take pride in living in a land of freedom and opportunity. Our nation was founded upon “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Every person has a chance to pursuit their own version of the American dream.
Yet pursuing that dream is not easy. If we’re honest, most of us live crazy, frazzled lives. Our schedules are packed and we’re running faster than ever to keep up. We end most of our days stressed and worn out. As a result, our relationships suffer, our finances suffer, our families suffer, and our souls suffer. Plus, we live in a noisy, naughty world that distracts us from what is right and important.
Like is like a tug of war. We’re pulled in every direction by competing values and priorities. The Bible says one thing, the culture says another, and our own desires say something else. All too often, living the American dream hinders us from living God’s dream for our lives.
That’s why Romans 12:1-2 is helpful in shaping our approach to life as Christians. Paul said, “In view of God’s mercy, offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.” Our first priority is loyalty to Jesus. Paul also said, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world.” Whatever that means specifically, it surely means that we’re supposed to be different. As Christians, we are to avoid chasing the American Dream in a way that hinders us from living God’s dream for our lives.
The goal of this series is to take an honest look at the way we’re living our lives, and allow the Bible to challenge and transform our lifestyles and priorities, to free us from the world’s way of living, and to stimulate a passionate desire to be conformed to the image of Christ and to live on mission for Christ.
So, how is living the American dream hindering you from living God’s dream for your life?
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