Summary: #4 in a series. "As communities of the King, we should model what the Kingdom looks like when God has His way with a group of people." John Wimber
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This week...we’ll be looking @ some of the material in Gary Bests book, Naturally Supernatural Chapter One: Joining God in His Work
Here is our main premise: Jesus’s mission & ministry is a FULLY TRANSFERABLE MINISTRY. His TORCH ...being PASSED! We are called to DO HIS WORKS & SAY HIS WORDS. Joining God in HIS WORK today...literally.
Let me start with a very intriguing scripture...
John 14: 6-12 Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him. 8 Philip said, Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us. 9 Jesus answered: Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ˜Show us the Father? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. 12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
If Jesus’ ministry is indeed fully transferable...we will certainly need to have a better handle on WHAT that might sound like and look like in our lives....as His torch gets passed to us??? Do you agree?
Well let’s start with His Words..His Message...
What exactly did Jesus preach?
Mk 1:14-15 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. The time has come, He said. The Kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!
The Message Bible reads....After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee preaching the Message of God:  "Time’s up! God’s Kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message."
Gary Best in his first chapter asks this inportant question...Just how Good is the Good News?
(Good News = Gospel, the Message of God)
How about if we answer that question as it applies to Jesus’ ministry... Let’s list a few things that happen when Jesus & His followers come to town proclaiming & demonstrating the GOOD NEWS?
1. Blind eyes are opened. Lame people walk.
2. People are delivered from darkness & demons.
3. People are forgiven of their sins.
4. Sinners are embraced. Losers are invited to dinner parties.
5. The dis-enfranchised are brought back into community.
6. Women & children are given great value.
7. Empty religion is confronted.
8. Justice becomes high-value. A level playing field is offered to all.
9. Mercy & compassion are not only preached but demonstrated.
10. The word ’repent’ means ’heads-up’ not ’turn or burn’.
WOW! What a list of powerfully impacting ministry!