Christians are to be counter-cultural…

If we are born-again by the grace of God, with a sure hope of heaven and eternity, what should we do and be in this world?

Dr. John R. W. Stott observes in his fine book on the Sermon on the Mount:

“For the essential theme of the whole Bible from beginning to end is that God’s historical purpose is to call out a people for himself; that this people is a ‘holy’ people, set apart from the world to belong to him and to obey him; and that its vocation is to be true to its identity, that is, to be ‘holy’ or ‘different’ in all its outlook and behavior.” [page 17]

“…the followers of Jesus are to be differentdifferent from both the nominal church and the secular world, different from both the religious and the irreligious. The Sermon on the Mount is the most compete delineation anywhere in the New Testament of the Christian counter-culture. Here is a Christian value-system, ethical standard, religious devotion, attitude to money, ambition, life-style and network of relationships — all of which are totally at variance with those of the non-Christian world. And this Christian counter-culture is the life of the kingdom of God, a fully human life indeed but lived out under the divine rule.” {p. 19]

4 thoughts on “Christians are to be counter-cultural…

  1. Pastor,

    Is that quote from “The Bible Speaks Today” series installment on the Sermon on the Mount? John Stott appears to have a few books available on this portion of Scripture. I noticed that the one I mention above was published originally in 1978, so I’m thinking this may be the right one…


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