Jesus was always promoting fairness, equity and inclusion. He would bring in the outsiders, the marginalised, the forgotten. If we as the church have experienced God’s kindness towards us, how can we in turn express it to the people around us?
Looking at the issue of justice through the story of the woman at the well: a person who was not only part of a racially hated group, but socially excluded from her own community. Jesus steps across the radical, cultural and moral barriers of the day and meets her with compassion.
“If Jesus is King and the Kingdom of God is here, should we expect to see more than we do? Should we see more life transformation, more answered prayers, more healings, more success and more social justice?” .
“The church is not monoculture. Our home is not here, it’s in heaven. Don’t get caught up in the wave of nationalism. The church has the capacity to look beyond race, culture and creed and see the kingdom of God. God is a God who loves people. And God is a God who has called … Continue reading “Multicultural Church”
Jesus transforms lives. We never stay the same when we choose to follow him. The gospel isn’t just good news for an exclusive group. It’s a message of new life for all who would believe.
Judah behaves like a scoundrel toward is daughter in law and yet is shown incredible favour by his father and blessed by God. Why and on what basis?
If there was anyone in the Bible who had cause to be wrapped up in bitterness and unforgiveness, it was Joseph. But instead of holding onto the past he realised that all the turmoil and sufferings he experienced we’re being used by God to save his people.
Rachel was beautiful whereas Leah was overlooked, unloved and unwanted. But God saw Leah and gave her phenomenal blessing. The world praises the high-fliers and over-achievers, but God loves to use the weak for his Kingdom purposes.
Jacob may not have been as unrighteous a swindler as we’ve often thought. The birthright was his by the fact God chose him and yet his Dad favoured the stronger and more naturally impressive older brother. We, like Isaac, often judge according to the flesh and yet God’s choice is in fact his best ‘trick’. … Continue reading “The Choice and the Trick”