Some Questions

These are some of the questions that are addressed in the Your Kingdom Come workshop : 

1. What did Jesus mean by the Gospel of the Kingdom? How did the disciples understand it? What was good news to them? What was the good news they preached?

2. What does it mean to be saved? Why did Jesus answer Nicodemus in one way, the legal expert in another way, and the rich young ruler in yet another way?

3. What is the Kingdom of God? What did Jesus mean by that? What does it mean for God’s Kingdom to come?

4. What is the good news of the Kingdom that we preach today? What good news are we telling people today of the Kingdom?

5. Why did Jesus keep talking about God’s Kingdom, but not about the church? What is the difference between “church” and “Kingdom”?

6. What did Jesus mean by “church”? What image(s) or vision did Jesus have of the church? What did Jesus expect his disciples to be/do after he left them?

7. Why did the original apostles remain in Jerusalem for about 25 years despite Jesus’ clear command to go to the ends of the earth? Is there something we might learn from that?

8. Jesus said He came to bring good news for the poor. What good news did He have for them? In Matt.5:3 Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven”. In Lk.6:20, Jesus said, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the Kingdom of God.” Why is the Kingdom for the poor in spirit, or for the poor?

9. Why did Jesus use love for the poor as the ultimate test for who belongs in the Kingdom, and who do not? Why did John use love for others (the poor) as the ultimate test for who has passed from death to life and who belongs to the truth?

10. Who are the poor? What is poverty? (For those in India, the Philippines, Indonesia, Pakistan, etc : Why is your nation poor? Why is there so much corruption in your nation?)

11. What do the Christians in your nation think about the poverty and corruption in your nation? Why are Christians not consulted in talk shows on TV when social issues are discussed and argued? If there was a Christian in the panel what would he/she have said?

12. How much are social issues discussed in church in your nation? How much of it is taught from the pulpit or in Bible studies and cell groups? How has the church in your nation responded to the poverty and other socio-economic and political issues and challenges in your nation? In what way is the church in your nation being “salt” and “light” to the nation?

13. What do the people in your nation think about the church in your nation?

14. How much of “church” in your nation comes from the West? How much of it comes from the Bible?

15. How can we effectively help the poor come out of their poverty and go on to regain their identity of being children of the Most High?

16. Why are some nations more progressive while others are struggling to free themselves from poverty? Why are some nations mired in poverty despite many years of external aid?

17. What is the reason for the progress of the West in development over other nations/cultures?

18. What is culture? How did the early church change the culture in Rome? What went wrong? What was the reason for the decline of the church in Europe after Christianity became legalized by Constantine?

19. What effect did the Reformation have on society? To what extent was it the basis or reason for the development of the West? How did the church lose its influence over the West? Why did the church withdraw from involvement or engagement in society?

20. Does the church today have any responsibility to influence government policies or is our only responsibility to patch up those victimized by unjust economic structures? Is our sole task to run an ambulance service at the bottom of the cliff, treating victims of injustice and violence or do we also have a responsibility to challenge the forces that push the innocent off the cliff? What does the Bible’s call to work for peace and reconciliation mean in our world today?

21. From where do our Christian agencies get their understanding and ethos for development? To what extent have the values of secular Western development permeated a Christian view of development? Are we trying to help the poor climb aboard the escalator of Western progress? What is the better future we are trying to help people attain? Is it purely economic? Is there a Biblical basis and theology of development?

22. What images or vision do we have for a successful development project? What images or vision do we have for a successful church planting mission? Do the two coincide? If not, why not?

23. How are we to disciple nations? What did Jesus mean by that? What does the church in your nation understand as their task to disciple your nation/people? Can “church as we know it” disciple the nations/peoples of the world today? What needs to change in order for this to happen?

24. Why did God create us and put us on this planet? What picture or vision did God have for humans on planet earth? Why did He put the tree of knowledge of good and evil and the serpent in the garden? Was the redemption a rescue plan or was it fore-ordained? If it was fore-ordained, what is God up to? What is He trying to achieve?

25. Why did God allow the descendants of Abraham to become slaves in Egypt and then rescue them and make them into a nation? Why did Jesus choose a small band of powerless nobody Jews and transform them into the church that altered the course of history? Is there a correlation between the two? What is God up to?

26. In Jn.12:31, Jesus said, “Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out.”. In Matt.12:28, He said, “If I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you.” How can Satan and his principalities and powers be displaced from ruling over people, communities and nations? How can we become communities of the King? How can the Kingdom come?

 

 

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