The teachings of Phil Wilson regarding the Kingdom of God
This is the final class of the Kingdom of God series. We've spent 13 weeks dicussing the issues and ideas related to the Kingdom and for this final one, I asked Otter Creek's Director of Ministries, Doug Sanders, to come in and talk to the class about opportunities available at Otter Creek for service and furthering the Kingdom.
He talks about his journey from Vice President of Ice Cream at a dairy to becoming the Director of Ministries and the heart that he's developed for the poverty stricken. I close the class out with some final thoughts on the Kingdom before closing it out.
Thanks to those of you who have listened online to the class. If you don't mind, drop me a line in the comments and let me know who you are and any thoughts or critiques you might have had. May we all live everyday for the Kingdom of God.
In Sunday's class, we had a guest speaker. Linda Benthall spent several years in China, teaching English and leading Bible studies and starting a house church. I asked her to come into the class and give a discussion of what a mission mindset looks like in attitude and action. She gave a great talk and I'm very grateful for her insights.
This class concerns the Resurrection, not just Jesus', but how his acts as the first fruits of ours. The conversation then goes into how we as should live as Resurrection people and as ministers of reconciliation.
Simple Faith - Randy Harris
Last summer, Randy Harris spoke at our Wednesday night service on Simple Faith. It's not what you expect at all. In fact, it's one of the best things I've heard in a long time and a great talk on Luke 15.
Consider this an addendum to the Party Parables class, and thanks to Randy for allowing me to post this here.
Crucifixion and Power
The class this week discusses power. How the world seeks to achieve power and how the crucifixion was an attempt by the existing authorities to preserve power for themselves. The crucifixion exists as a salvation moment in history, but also as a Kingdom moment and one for us to emulate in our walks as Christians. It is a powerful call to service and humility.
In this class, we talk about the parable of the Great Banquet in Luke 14, the parable of the Wedding Banquet in Matthew 22, and the parable of the Two Sons in Luke 15.
We talk about the Kingdom of God as a party, as a celebration, but we also talk about who Jesus talks about being excluded and how they are excluded.