The Upside Down Kingdom of GodPresentation Transcript
THE UPSIDE-DOWN KINGDOM!
The New Creation is weird …
It’s “weak” and “foolish” (1Cor 1)
It’s lowly and despised…it’s something that is NOT (1Cor 1)
It’s not of this world (John 8)
It’s perfected in our weakness i.e. we need to be very ‘teruk’ before New Creation becomes very ‘terror!’ (2Cor 12)
Questions for groups
What would Jesus say to the person who threw the fire-bombs at churches?
Name one child and list TWO things you can learn from her/him about God
What is the ‘normal’ way of spending $10,000 a month? What do you think is (or should be) the ‘Christian’ way?
Jesus said “Love your neighbour as yourself” (Matt 22:39) and also, “Love your enemies” (Matt 5:43) – is He confused?
What the WORLD Says
“ I want I want I want!” (CAREER / WEALTH)
“ Children, grow up!” (CHILDREN / FAITH)
“ Kill the bad guys” (ENEMY / POLITICS)
“ Love myself first before others” (SELF)
“ TREAT OTHERS THE WAY THEY WANT TO BE TREATED”
CAREER / $$
“ It is more blessed to give than to receive…” (Acts 20:35)
“ If you do not carry your cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple”(Luke 14:27)
ENEMIES / POLITICS / SECURITY
“ TREAT OTHERS THE WAY THEY WANT TO BE TREATED!”
“ If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26)
CHILDREN / FAITH
“ Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it." (Mark 10:15)
“ Love your neighbour as yourself” (Mark 12:31)
St. Francis of Assisi’s Source of Greatest Joy!
OLD CREATION NEW CREATION Wise in the world / Little Faith ‘ Foolish’ in world’s eyes / Faith Like a Child Hoard Money for Self Give money to others Demand that others consider OUR needs Love others as we love ourselves Destroy the Enemy / Protect our Rights Love the Enemy / Give up our rights for the sake of others