The Upside Down Kingdom

SERMON NOTES:  1-22-17
Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
Luke: On the Road With Jesus
Luke 6:18-26

“Upside Down Kingdom”

In the book, The Upside-Down Kingdom, author Donald Kraybill states that Jesus was announcing an inverted Kingdom. Things in the Gospel are often upside down. Jesus demonstrates radical opposition to the dominant culture by making friends with the social outcast, poor, needy, and sick.

•   The people Jesus calls blessed, the world feels sorry for.
•   The people the world sees as blessed, Jesus feels sorry for and gives warning.

Makarios (Greek for blessing)

Are you chasing after the values of the world or are you chasing after the values of the Kingdom? The values of living in Jesus’ upside down kingdom are much different than the values of the world. “But I say to you that listen, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, John 6:27

What would it look like to take this seriously?
Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you. John 6:30-31

What would it look like to take this seriously?
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. John 6:36

What would it look like to take this seriously?
Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. John 6:37-38

What would it look like to take this seriously?
If we would indeed live out the radical calling of Jesus in our everyday lives we could indeed
change the world.