Sunday, 18 April 2010

Lk 4:14-30 - Transforming our community

Luke 4:14-30
Transforming our community

Introduction
- ILL: God in our city, ref Barna "Demise of church in LA county"
- God wants to transform the community
- challenge not gospel, not people hungry/needs, but church
- many outside radar of world/church
- passage // our church vision, "touch/transform lives"

How do we transform our community?

A. Preach good news to the poor
- ILL: Interview of Mother Theresa, interrupted by commercials (affluent/luxurious)
- God has a special heart for poor
- Wes Stafford "You mess with poor, you mess with Me. You bless, I will bless"
- Prov 19:17, Deut 15:11, Prov 21:13
- of all passages, Jesus chose Isa 61:1,2
- ILL: preacher & atheist barber, slum, not blame God // unkempt homeless man

B. Proclaim freedom for prisoners
- ILL: 1971 "Stanford Prison Experiment", 20 prisoners/prison guards (6 days)
- NSW, Kairos Christians go spent 1 week with group of inmates, teach love, acceptance, forgivenes
- when Jesus in charge, things have to change, lives would be transformed

C. Proclaim recovery of sight for blind
- Acts 26:17, 18; 2 Cor 4:4
- spiritually blind

D. Release the oppressed
- Gk. shatter into many pieces
- responsibility to help/begin healing process
- domestic helpers: trauma, emotionally oppressed

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