The New Kingdom Life S2 E11 Notes
Season 2 - Going Public
Episode 11 - "The New Kingdom Life”
Pastor Adam James, July 14, 2019
Text: Luke 6:17-36
What is Jesus doing? He’s redefining a “blessed life”. He’s contrasting life in the kingdom of God with life in the kingdom of this world.
What the world often calls “blessed” Jesus calls “bummer”.
When the world says “made it!” Jesus says “missed it.”
When the world says “that’s a burden”, Jesus says “that’s a blessing”.
When the world says “down” Jesus says “up”.
When the world says “find yourself” Jesus says “forget yourself”.
When the world says “look in” Jesus says “look out.”
When the world says “get”, Jesus says “give.”
When the world says “attack” Jesus says “refrain.”
When the world says “fight! get even”, Jesus says “forgive, show mercy.”
When the world says “curse”, Jesus says “bless.”
When the world says “do harm,” Jesus says “do good.”
When the world says “write off/condemn”, Jesus says “pray.”
When the world says “cool” Jesus says “fool”.
When the world says “fool” Jesus says “cool”.
When the world says “achieve to become”, Jesus says “believe/receive to become.”
When the world says “pursue popularity”, Jesus says “pursue faithfulness”
When the world says “overlooked, overpowered, overwhelmed”, Jesus says “chosen, valuable, redeemed.”
When the world says “forgotten”, Jesus says “remembered.”
When the world says “grab on”, Jesus says “let go”
When the world says “let go”, Jesus says “grab on”
When the world says “laugh!”, Jesus says “weep”
When the world says “cry”, Jesus says “rejoice”
When the world says “rejoice”, Jesus says “repent”
When the world says “you were born this way”, Jesus says “follow me and I will make you who you were meant to be”
The Problem: Our flesh is naturally aligned with the world. Requires a foundational change of heart & desires & perspective.
I. v. 20-26 - Blessings & Woes
Wealth: Poor Rich
Comfort: Hungry Well fed
Power: Weep Laugh
Fame: Persecuted, Hated Spoken well of by everyone
1. Real discipleship affects our wealth, comfort, power, fame.
Heavenly rewards trump earthly riches.
In the end Jesus wants more for you, not less.
“He is no fool who loses what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” - Jim Elliot
2. Disciples of Jesus need to be prepared to be poor, hungry, powerless & hated in this life…if need be.
The grip of God on your life must be greater than the grip of the world.
There are righteous & unrighteous poor, there are righteous & unrighteous rich
Riches come with a warning label & price tag.
The poor are vulnerable to think God has forgotten them. That’s why Jesus came preaching good news to the poor.
Do not judge the blessing of God by the size of your bank account!
The rich are vulnerable to think they don’t need God (security, significance, pride).
Illust/Story - Wild ducks (Kierkegaard)
3. Identity determines lifestyle, who you are directs how you live
II. v. 27-36 - LOVE, God-like love, even for Enemies
4. Real discipleship is a life of radical love, mercy, & generosity
Free from vengeance, revenge, bitterness, and “getting even” the way the world does.
Jesus is not for the proliferation of abuse or denying accountability & justice.
Love doesn’t mean “like” or even have warm feelings
Love doesn’t mean agreeing with or compromising convictions about right & wrong
Love is choosing to act & do good, to be gracious & merciful even when undeserved
Illust. - Le Miserable… Priest & Jean ValJean…. “You forgot the candlesticks.”
Be ruled by love & mercy when squeezed, punched & pushed by this world
Remember how Jesus was treated and remember how the Father treats you…
What is the blessed life?
Life in the kingdom of God, with Jesus
A life that is faithful to God, regardless of the circumstances or consequences
A life that is radically generous with the love & mercy of God, regardless of the cost
8 Characteristics of Kingdom Life - New Priorities, Values, Responses
A Radical Perspective (Eternal, now vs. later)
A Radical Sacrifice (It seems to others)
A Radical Generosity (Giving, not Getting)
A Radical Obedience (Faithfulness over Comfort, Suffering if need be)
A Radical Love (even for enemies)
A Radical Mercy (even for those who’ve hurt you)
A Radical Risk (display the love of Jesus to those who oppose you at cost to self)
A Radical Patience / Self-Control (to refrain from responding the world’s way)
For the Christian, this world is the closest to hell you’ll ever get.
For the non-Christian, this world is the closest to heaven you’ll ever get.
Romans 5:8… “While we were still sinners (& enemies), Christ died for us…