IV. THE CHURCH SHOULD BE THE CULTURE STANDARD BEARER
ISA. 59:19 … The Spirit of the Lord will raise a standard… The Spirit of the Lord will life a standard against him…
(PS. 60:4, ISA. 5:26, ISA. 11:10, ISA. 13:2, ISA. 13:2, ISA. 18:3, ISA. 62:10)”
A. THE CHURCH AND THE SPIRIT
- The spirit of the Lord upon the Judges (JUDGES 6:34, JUDGES 3:10, JUDGES 11:29)
- The spirit of the Lord upon Jesus (ISA. 51:1, ISA. 11:2)
- The spirit of the Lord upon the Church (ACTS 2:1)
- The spirit of the Lord upon our culture (GEN. 1:2)
B. THE CHURCH RAISE A STANDARD
ISA. 59:19 … will lift up a standard against the enemy…
(ISA. 49:22, NUM. 1:52, NUM. 2:2)”
- Standard – Word defined :
- a rallying point, especially in time of battle
- a touchstone, means of determining what a thing should be, applies to a definite rule, principle, or measure established by authority
- a cause to stand for and to stand up identifying with the set standard
- Standard – Concept defined (Unger’s Bible Dictionary) : Standard represented God’s hedge of protection, God’s promised presence and His aid in leading and directing His people in execution of His righteous will.
V. CULTURE NEEDS STANDARD RAISING LEADERS
(ISA. 10:18, JEREMIAH 50:2, JEREMIAH 51:12, NUMBERS 10:9)”
A. LEADERS WHO RAISE A STANDARD
- A standard raising leader must have a clear perspective on the mission of the church in society today as a voice, light, salt and truth. (ISA. 56:10, MATT. 5:13-16)
- A standard raising leader must have a firm grip on the message of the gospel and how the gospel is to be preached in today’s culture with repentance, resulting in life transformation (JOHN 1:5, MATT. 3:2, ACTS 2:38, ACTS 3:19)
- A standard raising leader must not be seduced by the religious spirit and attitude of lukewarmness, passivity, and withdrawing from culture. (ACTS 17:26, ACTS 18:3)
- A standard raising leader is committed to courageously defend their ground despite the odds, the cost or the intimidation of the enemy. (1 SAM. 23:11-12)
- A standard raising leader is committed to choose life, truth, what’s right, and chooses to get involved with lifting a standard. (DEUT. 30:19, EZE. 22:30)
- A standard raising leader must be willing to become a standard-bearer, one who will be attacked first, a target, a focus point of criticism and judgement of others (DEUT. 30:19, EZE. 22:30)
- A standard raising leader must make a commitment to the process of impacting culture, sowing seed, watering the seed, nurturing and raising up a standard in all levels of society. (GEN. 2:5, 2 KINGS 13:18)
- A standard raising leader must make a commitment to raising up another generation of leaders who have what’s necessary to impact culture and the faith. (2 TIMOTHY 2:2)
- A standard raising leader is committed to relating to culture and creating culture. Being relevant is not about conformity; it is about clarity and connectivity. It is speaking truth with credibility, reality, and authenticity. (ROMANS 14:17)
B. THE STANDARDS CULTURE MUST HAVE
- The standard that God’s Word is absolute truth. It is the final authority in our life and decisions.
- The standard that God’s Laws are to be respected and these laws bring freedom and not bondage.
- The standard that marriage between one man and one woman is God’s plan and really is best for all people.
- The standard that Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection sets Him apart from all religious leaders as the only person who can redeem mankind.
- The standard that the church is the pillar and ground of truth in today’s culture of disillusionment, confusion, and compromise.
We must march and sing our faith once again in the public arena, the streets, in mass media. The church is the standard-bearer : true believers joined together by the Spirit of Christ. Not white, black, red, or yellow; not denominational or non-denominational, but trans-racial, trans-national, trans-denominational.”
- The standard that absolute Biblical values are necessary in developing enduring virtues.