This was a key note speech at an Educators Conference - it may not all be understandable from the PP but a lot will, but if there are things that you think, what is he on about I am happy to answer you.
I’m not asking that you take them out of the world
But that you guard them from the Evil One.
They are no more defined by the world
Than I am defined by the world.
Make them holy—consecrated—with the truth;
Your word is consecrating truth.
In the same way that you gave me a mission in the
I give them a mission in the world.
First Involvement in CEE
When I first got involved with
CEE via Dr Michael Smith
and Dr Howard I thought I
could take a lot of people
with me and went around the
UK talking about Christian
Education to a great many
I was happy on the one
no one asked me my
qualifications even though
the meeting was often
peppered with head
masters and teachers, I
had my answer prepared
but never had to use it. I
was going to boast about
my colouring competition
certificate for road safety
I was disappointed however
and the impression I got from
those many 'Christian'
audiences was that, if the choice
for their children was one of
going to university or knowing
God, then university won every
So for me, ‘taking people
with me’ is not a very easy process.
Desertions and successes
I find some solace in the fact that
all of Jesus’ disciples, at one
stage, ran away.
For the path we are called to is not
an easy one.
It is topsy-turvy in terms of values
to the values of this world.
Do good to those who are
using you badly
Love your enemies
Be kind to those who hurt
And so on.
There are those too, and I take great encouragement
Paul... Still with us running the school
We have just started a new school in the North of Sri
Lanka and the new head of the school was on our
training with Bridget earlier in the year, she brought
me a photo and said do you know who this is - I said
yes its me, she said not you, you daft thing, the one you
are holding, the baby was her she now heads up our
new school. So yes, we can take encouragement from
such happenings, and there are many.
The Point – Against the Tide –
Citizens of another Kingdom
Who are we?
To what are we
What should be
number one in
' seek first the
The Kingdom is not
the church and the
church is not the
The Kingdom was
before the church
It is the job of the individual and the
church to seek The Kingdom first.
The Kingdom is not something we
receive when we die.
The Kingdom is reachable right now to
you and me.
“When you enter a town and are
received, eat what they set before you, heal
anyone who is sick, and tell them, ‘God’s
kingdom is right on your doorstep!’
Jesus was always pulling down
Kingdom, ‘your sins are forgiven you’, ‘rise
up and walk’, 'the kingdom of God is
God has left us here to seek his kingdom.
What does the kingdom look like?
In your right Mind – right thinking
So My Point is...
I want to keep looking for the Kingdom
I want to find people who will be Kingdom People
I think that we need sometimes to compel them to
come to the party
much like the Lord did when he threw a party
and someone had bought a cow
others had got married
and still others had bought a field that needed
Do fields look so different? I don't know I am from the
By the Way we are often seeking the Church rather than
. This quote from Howard Snyder is a useful summary:
The challenge is therefore to be kingdom-minded.
“The church gets into trouble whenever it thinks it is in
the church business rather than the Kingdom business.
In the church business, people are concerned with
church activities, religious behaviour and spiritual
things. In the Kingdom business, people are concerned
with Kingdom activities, all human behaviour and
everything God has made, visible and invisible. Church
people think about how to get people into the
church, kingdom people think about how to get the
kingdom into the world. Church people worry that the
world might change the church, Kingdom people work
to see the church change the world!”
Someone has also said, “The Kingdom is a dynamic greater than
the church. If you pursue the church you won’t find the
Kingdom, but if you pursue the Kingdom you will find the
church.” Simon Markham
There are lots of 'God fearing’ people out there, who
maybe do not know Jesus but would follow him if only
Denomination took all that I had and were supposed to be my brothers and
Couple of stories on Muslims
Muslim and Hindu contract ripped up released me .
Muslim Imam and Jesus is my Lord and saviour
Last week wedding of Muslim friend... sat me next to the leader of the local
mosque women in one room men in the other. He said to me this is not Islam
this is culture, not my culture but I don’t come from their county..
I asked him so tell me about Allah, well he said I need to tell you I often don’t
tell people I am a Muslim because that puts me in a box, but he said when you
really talk about God that sends a shiver down my spine and I want to know
I often would not tell people I am a Christian as I don’t want to fit in their box,
God does not fit in a box yours or anyone else’s.
Sri Lanka. box story
When you seek the Kingdom you
We need to change things
To do that we need to get involved to
understand - hsbc -in but not off...
What paper do you read?
Change the culture of the people you are with
and then they will come with you .. hopefully
not just some of the way but all of the way.
To change the culture –
We need to understand
Media advertising Arts
we need to engage the
Get our hands dirty...
These are the cultural
areas we need to
Sometimes it means
You are a Kingdom
Person – The
kingdom is there for
you to pull down
Sometimes though you might feel
like my Alien Friend
The Race to the End
We are in a race
The race is not to be the fastest but to be the
reliable consistent sustaining one
2 Thessalonians 3:13
Amplified Bible (AMP)
13 And as for you, brethren, do not become
weary or lose heart in doing right [but
continue in well-doing without weakening].
Against The Tide
CEE Educators Conference
Adrian L Hawkes