Building the rainbow nation Kingdom

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Published on March 16, 2016

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1. Building the Rainbow Kingdom

2. Concern for what is happening in SA  Xenophobia  Statue debates  Racism  Many different voices What does God say? >> God loves diversity - Nature  Incredible variety in creation  8.7 million species that inhabit our planet. Nearly ten thousand different kinds of birds, nearly eight thousand different reptiles, nearly five thousand different mammals , over twenty three thousand different kinds of fish, four hundred thousand different flowers , one hundred thousand species of tree.  The diversity in creation is extravagant.  Why so much diversity? Giraffe - thoroughbred horse / proboscis monkey - duck-billed platypus  Why 400 000 different flowers, 40 000 would have been more than enough? Creation reveals the glory of God Building the Rainbow Kingdom notes summary 1

3. 2 >> God loves diversity - Heaven Revelation 7:9-12 9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”  This prophetic picture of the church calls us to become more like it.  It challenges the church on earth to become more like the church in heaven, a church that is united by its diversity rather than divided by it. >> God loves diversity - on Earth Why should we embrace diversity? Scripture instructs us to: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28  Picture of Paul entering a church and wondering why the divisions “For Jesus himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility….His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross” Ephesians 2:14-16 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 Building the Rainbow Kingdom notes summary

4. 3 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 1 John 4:20 Story of the Good Samaritan: Luke 10: 25-37 Who is my neighbour?  Man travelling down from Jerusalem to Jericho. Got mugged by a band of thieves. Left half dead. Several travellers- Priest & Levite (religious ruler) passed by but ignored him. A Samaritan (foreign national) stopped, bandaged him up, took him to the nearest inn. Paid for his care.  Jesus used the story where the foreign national is the hero, to explain what it means to be a good neighbour.  Diversity enriches our lives. We learn from each other We have different gifts, ways of looking at things that enable us to fulfill our life & Christian mission The reality of the new South Africa What practical things should we do?  Be actively establishing God’s Kingdom on earth  Go out of our way to build relationships with people who are different from you  Get to know people’s stories  Forgive & ask for forgiveness  Help those in need  Pray Building the Rainbow Kingdom notes summary

5. Xenophobia

6. Statue debate Racism

7. Cultural Diversity God loves diversity Nature Building the Rainbow Kingdom

8. 8.7 million species

9. 10 000 different birds

10. 8 000 different reptiles

11. 5 000 mammals

12. 23 000 fish

13. 400 000 flowers

14. 100 000 trees

15. Why 400 000 flowers?

16. Cultural Diversity God loves diversity Heaven Building the Rainbow Kingdom

17. Revelation 7:9-12 9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” Building the Rainbow Kingdom

18. Cultural Diversity God loves diversity On Earth Building the Rainbow Kingdom

19. Cultural Diversity Why we should embrace Diversity  Scripture instructs us to Building the Rainbow Kingdom

20. Cultural Diversity Why we should embrace Diversity  Scripture instructs us to “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28 Building the Rainbow Kingdom

21. Cultural Diversity Why we should embrace Diversity  Scripture instructs us to “For Jesus himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility….His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross” EPHESIANS 2:14-16 Building the Rainbow Kingdom

22. Cultural Diversity Why we should embrace Diversity  Scripture instructs us to “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 Building the Rainbow Kingdom

23. Cultural Diversity Why we should embrace Diversity  Scripture instructs us to “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.” 1 John 4:20 Building the Rainbow Kingdom

24. Cultural Diversity Why we should embrace Diversity  Scripture instructs us to Story of the Good Samaritan Luke 10: 25-37 Who is my neighbour? Building the Rainbow Kingdom

25. Why we should embrace Diversity • Scripture instructs us to • Diversity enriches our lives Building the Rainbow Kingdom

26. Why we should embrace Diversity • Scripture instructs us to • Diversity enriches our lives • We learn from each other Building the Rainbow Kingdom

27. Why we should embrace Diversity • Scripture instructs us to • Diversity enriches our lives • We learn from each other • We have different gifts, ways of looking at things that enable us to fulfill our life & Christian mission Building the Rainbow Kingdom

28. Why we should embrace Diversity • Scripture instructs us to •Diversity enriches our lives •We learn from each other •We have different gifts, ways of looking at things that enable us to fulfill our life & Christian mission •The reality of the new South Africa Building the Rainbow Kingdom

29. What practical things should we do? • Be actively establishing God’s Kingdom on earth Building the Rainbow Kingdom

30. What practical things should we do? • Be actively establishing God’s Kingdom on earth • Go out of our way to build relationships with people who are different from you Building the Rainbow Kingdom

31. What practical things should we do? • Be actively establishing God’s Kingdom on earth • Go out of our way to build relationships with people who are different from you • Get to know people’s stories Building the Rainbow Kingdom

32. What practical things should we do? • Be actively establishing God’s Kingdom on earth • Go out of our way to build relationships with people who are different from you • Get to know people’s stories • Forgive & ask for forgiveness Building the Rainbow Kingdom

33. What practical things should we do? • Be actively establishing God’s Kingdom on earth • Go out of our way to build relationships with people who are different from you • Get to know people’s stories • Forgive & ask for forgiveness • Help those in need Building the Rainbow Kingdom

34. What practical things should we do? • Be actively establishing God’s Kingdom on earth • Go out of our way to build relationships with people who are different from you • Get to know people’s stories • Forgive & ask for forgiveness • Help those in need • Learn other cultures languages, styles of worship, etc. Building the Rainbow Kingdom

35. What practical things should we do? • Be actively establishing God’s Kingdom on earth • Go out of our way to build relationships with people who are different from you • Get to know people’s stories • Forgive & ask for forgiveness • Help those in need • Learn other cultures languages, styles of worship etc • Pray Building the Rainbow Kingdom

36. Building the Rainbow Kingdom “Blessed are the peacemakers” Jesus

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