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Risky Living Session Eight

This week Casten gives us a great message about how to love in a Kingdom of God way, even if it means taking a risk to do so.

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Risky Living Session Eight

  1. 1. 2 1At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18
  2. 2. 3 4Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. 6“If anyone causes one of these little ones - those who believe in me - to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Matthew 18
  3. 3. 4 Who is the greatest? Better than the other = holier than thou art Criteria: what do we use to measure?
  4. 4. Kingdom Criteria = Jesus Christ
  5. 5. Labels Criteria  Jesus Christ • Tendency to label people • Need to repent and start loving • Who am I keeping out of the Kingdom of God?
  6. 6. 7 Have Child-like Faith
  7. 7. 8 So what ….??  Red flags: identify and start action o Who am I keeping out of the Kingdom? o Is there someone I’d rather not meet?  Start small: aim for 0 -> 0.5 step o Who in my world is vulnerable/ excluded/overlooked/bullied? o Labels: labeled someone?  Have a choice but consequences too