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Ben Selby & Caleb Petersen
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July 15, 2018
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Changing Culture

 

What is Culture?

  1. Culture is:  Merriam-Webster Dictionary: the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group; also : the characteristic features of everyday existence shared by people in a place or time

  2. Culture: The actions, beliefs, values, and ways that have become common and normal to a certain group of people.  It is a way of life.

 

As Christians, we should be influencing the culture around us.

  1. When we learn to change the world from the place of who we are instead of what we do, then we turn cultural change from a job to a habit.

 

Keys to Personal Culture Change

  1. Changing the world within you before/as you change the world around you.

  2. A strong, personal relationship with Jesus.

  3. Being a Powerful Person

  4. A disciplined/consistent lifestyle and learning to enjoy it.

  5. A healthy belief system.

  6. Walking in grace.

 

Changing the Culture Around You

  1. You must change the world within you before you change the world around you.

  2. Changing Culture starts with 1.

  3. Changing Culture happens over time, but all at once.

  4. Changing Culture goes against the current.

  5. We are paving a new path with the way we live our lives.

 

A Few Final Tips to Changing Culture

  1. Be Patient

  2. Be consistent

  3. Enjoy the Process

  4. Don’t try to make things change, be the change.

 

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

-          Marianne Williamson

 

Matthew 28:18-20 NASB 18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

 

John 8:12 NASB 12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

 

Matthew 5:14-16 NASB 14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

 

Matthew 6:33 NASB 33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

 

Romans 14:17 NASB 17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

 

“The Tipping Point” – Malcolm Gladwell

One of the most infamous incidents in New York City history, for example, was the 1964 stabbing death of a young Queens woman by the name of Kitty Genovese. Genovese was chased by her assailant and attacked three times on the street, over the course of half an hour, as thirty-eight of her neighbors watched from their windows. During that time, however, none of the thirty-eight witnesses called the police.

Nobody can say why the thirty-eight did not lift the phone while Miss Genovese was being attacked, since they cannot say themselves…


In one experiment, for example, Latane and Darley had a student alone in a room stage an epileptic fit. When there was just one person next door, listening, that person rushed to the student's aid 85 percent of the time. But when subjects thought that there were four others also overhearing the seizure, they came to the student's aid only 31 percent of the time. In another experiment, people who saw smoke seeping out from under a doorway would report it 75 percent of the time when they were on their own, but the incident would be reported only 38 percent of the time when they were in a group. When people are in a group, in other words, responsibility for acting is diffused. They assume that someone else will make the call, or they assume that because no one else is acting, the apparent problem — the seizure-like sounds from the other room, the smoke from the door — isn't really a problem. In the case of Kitty Genovese, then, social psychologists like Latane and Darley argue, the lesson is not that no one called despite the fact that thirty-eight people heard her scream; it's that no one called because thirty-eight people heard her scream. Ironically, had she been attacked on a lonely street with just one witness, she might have lived.