God's Mission Post Brexit
Anger and fear are abounding post the Brexit referendum last week. How does God want us to feel about anger and fear? And what is God's continuing mission?
|Series:||The Gateway Church|
|Date:||26th Jun, 2016|
|Download:||God's Mission Post Brexit|
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Certain moments in history you remember when you heard about them
JFK, Berlin Wall, Diana death, 9/11
Don’t know whether Friday’s result will be one of them?
32nd highest Leave area out of 400 areas at 63.2%
3 things I do know coming out of it
Anger – very uncivilised campaign, divided nation – ages, class, region. Lot of rudeness on social media
Fear – internationals feeling unwelcome, worried for future
Feeling manipulated – some reported wished they hadn’t voted the way they did
Fear > Manipulation > Anger
Minister into that later
God is large and in charge – Psalm 2:1-8
Acts 4 – troubled times. First response prayer
Quoted Psalm2 back to God
God help us get on with the mission
Citizens of UK and EU – more than that citizenship in heaven Phil 3:20; Heb 11:13-16
Mission aligned with God’s mission
He has always wanted a people for Himself from all the earth to bless.
Creation – man and women in the image of God Gen 1:26
– for relationship with God Gen 3:8
Marred by sin – God given us all free choice, not robots. Relationship based on control not a relationship
1st Sacrifice to deal with sin – garments of skin to cover shame Gen 3:21
Gen 11 continued sin and pride led to Babel – separation of languages
Gen 12:1-3 God’s plan becomes evident
People of Israel chosen to bless every family on earth – God wants a people
Ex 19:5 treasured possession, kingdom of priests and a holy nation – meant to be a balance
More like a pendulum – never achieved it
2000yrs ago J&G utterly divided
Great time Pax Romana – easy spread of Christianity
God sent Jesus, ultimate sacrifice to win for God a people
Acts 2 Spirit came – tongues so everyone could understand – reversal of Babel, to bring people together
Both have access to God Eph 2:18
Dividing wall of hostility gone Eph 2:16
1 Peter 2:9 reiterates treasured possession, kingdom of priests, holy nation
Now have the power to do it
Christian – new creation & filled with the Spirit
End God will have his people from every nation Rev 5:9-10
Anger, fear, manipulation – nationalism and little England spirit
We have a God who is working his plan out – we get to be part of it – vision statement
Coming out of the Pax Europa – may or may not be free migration for EU citizens (int. one Brexit leader hinting that won’t go to Nick Robinson!)
God has a plan, we get to be part of it
Jesus is amazing – unites us around himself 31 nations, ages, classes, because of Him! shines to the world something amazing!
1) Anger, fear of feeling manipulated – bad things, bad taste in the mouth, oppressive. Freedom!
2) Looking in today – hopefully got to see a glorious vision of God’s people the church. Something to buy into!
i) Start following Jesus
ii) Start helping to build!
3) Go out – love God, love your neighbour – leavers, retainers, foreigners and Linnets!