I have talked about my love for Mars Hill Church/Seattle and their teaching pastor, Mark Driscoll, on the blog before. Recently, I have been listening to a sermon series he did earlier this year entitled Religion Saves and 9 Other Misconceptions.
Late last year, MHBC decided to ask the congregation what subjects/questions they would like their pastor to address from the pulpit. Then the THOUSANDS of responses were narrowed down to a certain number and the people voted for the top nine questions. Mark then preached on the top nine vote-getters (going from lowest to highest) in a nine-week sermon series.
I have been listening to them on my long drives. FAB. U. LOUS. I cannot say enough. All of his sermons are worth listening to, but these are particularly good. Whether you have been a christian for 35 years or you are a new believer, these are worth your time. There's a good chance that everything you "thought" you believed will be challenged from scripture, and you will come away with new insight and just maybe, a change of heart.
Now run, don't walk, over to iTunes and download them now. They are available on audio and video. If you have the video capability, he is great to watch! The series topics are as follows:
Religion Saves and 9 Other Misconceptions
Week 1 Is it biblical for christians to use birth control?
Week 2 Does God have a sense of humor?
Week 3 Please explain predestination.
Week 4 What is the hardest part of the Bible for you, personally, to accept? (his answer: grace)
Week 5 How do you break free from the bondage of sexual sin?
Week 6 What saves us--faith or works?
Week 7 What's biblical--dating, courting, or "dourting"?
Week 8 What can "traditional" churches learn from the emergent church movement?
Week 9 Does scripture regulate our theology AND our methodology (the regulative principle). He particularly addresses the subject of worship in this sermon.
A few disclaimers:
If you like to listen to sermons that make you feel all warm and fuzzy and shrug off the sin in your lives, skip this. I promise you WILL be convicted.
Give yourself plenty of time. Most of the messages are at least an hour and fifteen minutes long.
Some of these topics are more "adult" in nature. And Mark Driscoll does not mince words--even from the pulpit. I know I have some teenage readers. Please check with your parents before you listen.
Finally, if you do listen, I would LOVE to know what you think. Did you agree or disagree? Why or why not?