Mission in a world in crisis: Planet - unsustainable way of life Poverty - growing gap between rich minority & poor majority Peace - spread of weapons Religion - not helping with #1-3
4 global emergencies...1. Planet The Human Conventional View God created the world as perfect, Emerging View God created the world as good, but Situation: What but because our primal human beings – as individuals, and as2. Poverty is the story that ancestors, Adam and Eve, did groups – have rebelled against God and we find not maintain the absolute filled the world with evil and injustice ourselves in? perfection demanded by God, like a terrible disease. God wants to save God has irrevocably determined humanity and heal it from its sickness, that the entire universe and all it but humanity is hopelessly lost and contains will be destroyed, and confused, like sheep without a shepherd, the souls of all human beings – wandering farther and farther into except for those specifically lostness and danger. Left to themselves,3. Peace exempted – will be forever human beings will spiral downward in punished for their imperfection sickness and evil. in hell.1 Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its go to heaven after they die? How specific outworking among his4. Religion can God help individuals be contemporaries: living under domination happy and successful until then? by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus’ message: Jesus says, in essence, “If you Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and How did Jesus want to be among those groups – including your own religious respond to the specifically qualified to escape leaders - are leading you farther and crisis? being forever punished for your farther astray. I have been sent by God sins in hell, you must repent of with this good news – that God loves your individual sins and believe humanity, even in its lostness and sin. that my Father punished me on God graciously invites everyone and the cross so He won’t have to anyone to question and reject what they punish you in hell. Only if you have been told and instead follow a new believe this will you go to path. Trust me and become my disciple, heaven when everyone else is and you will be transformed, and you will banished to hell.”2 This is the participate in the transformation of the good news. world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant
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11 From Troas we put out tosea and sailed straight forSamothrace, and the next daywe went on to Neapolis. 12From there we traveled toPhilippi, a Roman colony andthe leading city of that districtof Macedonia. And we stayedthere several days.
13 On the Sabbath we went outside thecity gate to the river, where we expectedto find a place of prayer. We sat down andbegan to speak to the women who hadgathered there. 14 One of those listeningwas a woman from the city of Thyatiranamed Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. Shewas a worshiper of God. The Lord openedher heart to respond to Pauls message. 15When she and the members of herhousehold were baptized, she invited us toher home. "If you consider me a believer inthe Lord," she said, "come and stay at myhouse." And she persuaded us.
16 Once when we were going tothe place of prayer, we were met bya female slave who had a spirit bywhich she predicted the future. Sheearned a great deal of money forher owners by fortune-telling. 17She followed Paul and the rest ofus, shouting, "These men areservants of the Most High God, whoare telling you the way to besaved."
18 She kept this up for manydays. Finally Paul became soannoyed that he turned aroundand said to the spirit, "In thename of Jesus Christ Icommand you to come out ofher!" At that moment the spiritleft her.
19 When her owners realized thattheir hope of making money wasgone, they seized Paul and Silas anddragged them into the marketplace toface the authorities. 20 They broughtthem before the magistrates andsaid, "These men are Jews, and arethrowing our city into an uproar 21by advocating customs unlawful forus Romans to accept or practice."
22 The crowd joined in the attackagainst Paul and Silas, and themagistrates ordered them to bestripped and beaten with rods. 23 Afterthey had been severely flogged, theywere thrown into prison, and the jailerwas commanded to guard themcarefully. 24 When he received theseorders, he put them in the inner celland fastened their feet in the stocks.
25 About midnightPaul and Silas werepraying and singinghymns to God, and theother prisoners werelistening to them.
26 Suddenly there wassuch a violentearthquake that thefoundations of theprison were shaken.
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At once all the prison doors flewopen, and everyones chainscame loose. 27 The jailer wokeup, and when he saw the prisondoors open, he drew his swordand was about to kill himselfbecause he thought theprisoners had escaped. 28 ButPaul shouted, "Dont harmyourself! We are all here!"
29 The jailer calledfor lights, rushed in andfell trembling beforePaul and Silas. 30 Hethen brought them outand asked, "Sirs, whatmust I do to be saved?"
31 They replied, "Believe in the LordJesus, and you will be saved—you andyour household." 32 Then they spoke theword of the Lord to him and to all theothers in his house. 33 At that hour ofthe night the jailer took them andwashed their wounds; then immediatelyhe and all his household were baptized.34 The jailer brought them into his houseand set a meal before them; he was filledwith joy because he had come to believein God—he and his whole household.
35 When it was daylight, themagistrates sent their officers tothe jailer with the order:"Release those men." 36 Thejailer told Paul, "Themagistrates have ordered thatyou and Silas be released. Nowyou can leave. Go in peace."
37 But Paul said to theofficers: "They beat uspublicly without a trial, eventhough we are Romancitizens, and threw us intoprison. And now do theywant to get rid of us quietly?No! Let them comethemselves and escort usout."
38 The officers reported this to themagistrates, and when they heard thatPaul and Silas were Roman citizens,they were alarmed. 39 They came toappease them and escorted them fromthe prison, requesting them to leavethe city. 40 After Paul and Silas cameout of the prison, they went to Lydiashouse, where they met with thebelievers and encouraged them. Thenthey left.
The gospel of the kingdom of God engages with a colony of the empire of CaesarBegins with the marginalRescues the vulnerableInfuriates the oppressorsLoves the enemyConfronts injusticeSings, prays, and evangelizes
Internal spiritual formation in the wayof Jesus ...is expressed through participation withthe Spiritin the liberation of children, women,and men ... starting with the weakest and least and continuing to those in power.