Remember how we began working through Matthew 13 to try and lay a foundation for the kingdom and then we tackled those two questions: what Jesus came to save us from and what purpose he come to save us for? (We looked at heaven and hell in that context). In a way this follows on.
As a community we're growing in understanding the Kingdom and we already have an awesome (even award-winning) reputation for service. Really proud of that and hope this always continues.
However, it's not enough to serve the world but leave it unchanged. If the kingdom is at work in us, it will also transform the world around us.
In the language and culture of the Bible it distinguishes between slaves and sons. Slaves serve, but they don't carry or embody the authority they are under. Only sons and daughters (heirs) of the kingdom do that - the power is in them, in their bloodline.
It's really on my mind for The Local to start seeking God about how we become that force for transformation in the Trentham Community. We're learning how to serve and meet people's need, now how do we confront the powers, mindsets and systems that keep people trapped so that we can start to undo the power of darkeness in our neighbourhood.
That's the power sons and daughters carry with them.
That's part of the conversation Dad will bring this weekend.