D-Day
V-Day
There is no neutral ground in
the universe; every square
inch, every split second, is
claimed by God and
counterclaimed by...
Creation, fall and redemption
   Creation
   God is the source and sustainer of all
   things

   Fall
   The creation as ...
Garden of                City: New
                         Jerusalem
  Eden



                   Not the way it’s
      ...
6 One day the angels came to present themselves
before the LORD, and Satan also came with them.
7 The LORD said to Satan, ...
6 One day the angels came to present themselves
before the LORD, and Satan also came with them.
7 The LORD said to Satan, ...
6 One day the angels came to present themselves
before the LORD, and Satan also came with them.
7 The LORD said to Satan, ...
6 One day the angels came to present themselves
before the LORD, and Satan also came with them.
7 The LORD said to Satan, ...
Is suffering part of God’s
punishment for doing wrong?
At that very time there were some
present who told him about the
Galileans whose blood Pilate had
mingled with their sacri...
At that very time there were some
present who told him about the
Galileans whose blood Pilate had
mingled with their sacri...
Is suffering part of a cosmic
       training ground?
Is suffering just a matter of
        perspective?
Mr Jones' rheumatism was a judgement,
until his daughter swore to you o...
Is suffering a necessary means
            for good?
Is suffering part and parcel of
    the way the world is?
Why doesn’t God do
something about evil?
Redemption
...is all about redeeming creation from
the effects of evil

                 How?

           Through sufferin...
God in Jesus suffers too
The reason the Son of God appeared
  was to destroy the devil's work.
              1 Jn 3:8


And having disarmed the pow...
We are a battleground -

  We are in a battleground
It is a virtue to disbelieve what does not
exist.
It is dangerous to disbelieve what exists
outside our current limited ca...
Know who we are in Christ:

     Joint-heirs with Christ Rom 8
 The same Spirit that raised Jesus from
      the dead is i...
 10 Finally, be strong in
  the Lord and in his
    mighty power.
               
 10 Finally, be strong in
   the Lord and in his
     mighty power.
               
 10 Finally, be strong in
  the Lord and in his
     mighty power.
                
 10 Finally, be strong in
  the Lord and in his
     mighty power.
               
 10 Finally, be strong in
  the Lord and in his
    mighty power.
               
11 Put on the full armour
 of God so that you can
 take your stand against
   the devil's schemes.
                   
11 Put on the full armour
  of God so that you can
 take your stand against
   the devil's schemes.
                   
  12 For our struggle is
 not against flesh and
 blood, but against the
    rulers, against the
authorities, against the
  ...
  12 For our struggle is
not against blood and
 flesh, but against the
    rulers, against the
authorities, against the
   ...
13 Therefore put on the
 full armour of God, so
that when the day of evil
comes, you may be able
  to stand your ground,
a...
14 Stand firm then, with
the belt of truth buckled
   round your waist,

 with the breastplate of
righteousness in place,
 15 and with your feet
fitted with the readiness
  that comes from the
    gospel of peace.   
16 In addition to all this,
   take up the shield of
faith, with which you can
extinguish all the flaming
  arrows of the e...
17 Take the helmet of
       salvation

 and the sword of the
Spirit, which is the word
         of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit
on all occasions with all
 kinds of prayers and
        requests.


With this in mind, be alert
...
How do we put on the armour?

 Make sure it fits!
 But most of all we need to be putting on Christ –
 abide in him: he is o...
Armour                               Jesus

                                He is the way the
   belt            truth
   ...
War And Complexity
War And Complexity
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  1. 1. D-Day
  2. 2. V-Day
  3. 3. There is no neutral ground in the universe; every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counterclaimed by Satan. . . .
  4. 4. Creation, fall and redemption Creation God is the source and sustainer of all things Fall The creation as it is is not as God intended it to be it is distorted, disrupted, deformed
  5. 5. Garden of City: New Jerusalem Eden Not the way it’s supposed to be! Evil, sin and suffering are alien invasions into God’s good creation
  6. 6. 6 One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. 7 The LORD said to Satan, Where have you come from? Satan answered the LORD, From roaming through the earth and going to and fro in it. 8 Then the LORD said to Satan, Have you considered my servant Job? There is no-one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. 9 Does Job fear God for nothing? Satan replied. 10 Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11 But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face. 12 The LORD said to Satan, Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger. Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.
  7. 7. 6 One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. 7 The LORD said to Satan, Where have you come from? Satan answered the LORD, From roaming through the earth and going to and fro in it. 8 Then the LORD said to Satan, Have you considered my servant Job? There is no-one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. 9 Does Job fear God for nothing? Satan replied. 10 Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11 But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face. 12 The LORD said to Satan, Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger. Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.
  8. 8. 6 One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. 7 The LORD said to Satan, Where have you come from? Satan answered the LORD, From roaming through the earth and going to and fro in it. 8 Then the LORD said to Satan, Have you considered my servant Job? There is no-one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. 9 Does Job fear God for nothing? Satan replied. 10 Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11 But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face. 12 The LORD said to Satan, Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger. Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.
  9. 9. 6 One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. 7 The LORD said to Satan, Where have you come from? Satan answered the LORD, From roaming through the earth and going to and fro in it. 8 Then the LORD said to Satan, Have you considered my servant Job? There is no-one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. 9 Does Job fear God for nothing? Satan replied. 10 Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11 But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face. 12 The LORD said to Satan, Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger. Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.
  10. 10. Is suffering part of God’s punishment for doing wrong?
  11. 11. At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, quot;Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them - do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.
  12. 12. At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, quot;Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them - do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.
  13. 13. Is suffering part of a cosmic training ground?
  14. 14. Is suffering just a matter of perspective? Mr Jones' rheumatism was a judgement, until his daughter swore to you on the Bible that the tale of his secret drinking was a baseless slander. Her father was a saint. His rheumatism was, therefore, a trial. But then the bowling club went on a day's outing and drove their [bus] into the sea; and Mr Jones' rheumatism, since it kept him at home on the occasion, proved a blessing in disguise, and a providence indeed.
  15. 15. Is suffering a necessary means for good?
  16. 16. Is suffering part and parcel of the way the world is?
  17. 17. Why doesn’t God do something about evil?
  18. 18. Redemption ...is all about redeeming creation from the effects of evil How? Through suffering!
  19. 19. God in Jesus suffers too
  20. 20. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work. 1 Jn 3:8 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Col 2:15
  21. 21. We are a battleground - We are in a battleground
  22. 22. It is a virtue to disbelieve what does not exist. It is dangerous to disbelieve what exists outside our current limited categories.
  23. 23. Know who we are in Christ: Joint-heirs with Christ Rom 8 The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is in us Rom 8:11
  24. 24.  10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.   
  25. 25.  10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.   
  26. 26.  10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.   
  27. 27.  10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.   
  28. 28.  10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.   
  29. 29. 11 Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.      
  30. 30. 11 Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.      
  31. 31.   12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.       
  32. 32.   12 For our struggle is not against blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.       
  33. 33. 13 Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.      
  34. 34. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled round your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
  35. 35.  15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.   
  36. 36. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.   
  37. 37. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
  38. 38. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
  39. 39. How do we put on the armour? Make sure it fits! But most of all we need to be putting on Christ – abide in him: he is our armour.
  40. 40. Armour Jesus He is the way the belt truth truth and the life He is our breastplate righteousness righteousness feet gospel of peace He is our peace He is our faith shield faith and our shield helmet salvation He is salvation Jesus is the Word, sword word of God logos

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