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Exploring the Message of Jesus

A ragtag bunch of hilly-billy fishermen were once under the heel of the mightiest military force in history, the all-conquering Roman Empire. Yet today, we call our sons Peter, James and John … and our dogs, Caesar, Brutus and Nero.

The Message of Jesus turned the early followers of Jesus into a collective flood of self-giving love and good deeds that transformed their world.

In contrast, despite well over two billion adherents, Christendom makes little impact on our world today. It may even be argued that what little impact we do have is negative.

This website explores the Message of Jesus attempting…

  • to focus on the core aspects of Jesus’ revelation, cutting out the religious clutter in which it is so often enshrouded
  • to probe areas largely assumed off limits by religion

My hopes? To encourage followers of Jesus to partner with Jesus in His restoration plan for our world.

We do so fuelled by the unblushing promises of God. For the God of the rainbow and the God of the cross is well able to perfect that which concerns us.

The Message of Jesus

This article series covers the three core aspects of the Message of Jesus and sets the groundwork for all that we discuss on this platform.

I highly recommend reading all three articles before exploring the other articles of this site.

God's Character, The Message of Jesus, A Better Future Now

God’s Character

Revealing God’s nature was central to the Message of Jesus. He restored humanity to God’s loving fatherhood, restoring our identity as children of God and our destiny as custodians of all creation.

Personal Identity, The Message of Jesus, A Better Future Now

Personal Identity

Restoring humanity to the Father, the Message of Jesus heals our broken identity, restoring us as children of God. Loved by the Father, we are both secure and significant.

God's Purpose, The Message of Jesus, A Better Future Now

God’s Purpose

Restored to the Father as His children, the Message of Jesus restores humanity’s destiny as custodians of creation. We’re commissioned to partner with Jesus in His restoration plan for the earth.

Kingdom Perspectives

In this articles series, we consider how the Message of Jesus shapes our perspectives on how we relate to other believers, how we relate to people in general, how we relate to governing authorities, how we view life in this age, and how we view the world and reality itself?

Generous Orthodoxy, Kingdom Perspectives, A Better Future Now

Generous Orthodoxy

The Message of Jesus governs how we relate to other believers.

We have far more in common with other believers than what we don’t. And what we have in common has far greater substance than what doesn’t.

Unbounded Love, Kingdom Perspectives, A Better Future Now

Unbounded Love

The Message of Jesus governs how we relate to all people.

Jesus smashed the bounds of family, communal and national love, modelling a boundless love that includes everyone: our neighbour, the stranger and our enemy.

Unto Caesar, Kingdom Perspectives, A Better Future Now

Unto Caesar

The Message of Jesus governs how we relate to government.

As citizens of a higher domain, we remain grounded in this domain through humility and servanthood, living lives of unimpeachable integrity.

Hebrew Values, Kingdom Perspectives, A Better Future Now

Hebrew Values

The Message of Jesus governs how we relate to reality.

The Western world is largely based on a Greek mindset. In contrast, the Bible resonates with Hebrew values: God created a people group embodying His worldview.

Heavenly Hope, Kingdom Perspectives, A Better Future Now

Heavenly Hope

The Message of Jesus governs how we relate to this present age.

Jesus’ message is pregnant with hope—a hope that informs how we live in this present age, anticipating His coming and the age to come.

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Kingdom Challenges

Jesus rattled cages. He challenged underlying assumptions. He took a wrecking ball to misguided traditions and teachings. He often said, “You have heard it said, but I say to you” (Matthew 5:21, 27, 33, 38, 43).

What would He challenge in our thinking today? The below articles tackle some of these topics.

Religion Free, Kingdom Controversies, A Better Future Now

Religion Free

The Message of Jesus transcends Religion.

Jesus did not come to start a new religion (or revive an old one). In fact, He opposed religion in all its guises, confronting it directly and explicitly whenever and wherever it surfaced.

Empire Exposed, Religion Free, Kingdom Controversies, A Better Future Now

Empire Exposed

The Message of Jesus transcends Empire.

Jesus turned the Empire on its head because He transcended it. Too often, however, our approach remains framed by the Empire. Solutions to the system cannot come from the system itself.

Hopeful Eschatology, Religion Free, Kingdom Controversies, A Better Future Now

Hopeful Eschatology

The Message of Jesus offers hope.

Jesus’ Message focuses on the advancing Kingdom of God as the pivotal factor in a hopeful eschatology. Thus, it imparts faith, not fear—stirring catalytic hope, not fatalistic despair.

Religion Free, Kingdom Controversies, A Better Future Now

Literal Literature

The Message of Jesus is an incarnational message.

Jesus is the living word, and the God-breathed Scriptures resonate with the Story of God. A rational, literal approach misses the literary beauty of the Scriptures and its animating power.

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Kingdom Ecclesiology

Church as we know it today is very different from church as it was in the first century. Is this just an inevitable response to keeping up with the times or have we lost some of the dynamics that made the early church such a transformative force in society? 

In these articles, we look at the dynamics that appear to be missing in our modern version of church.

Kingdom Communities, Kingdom Ecclesiology, A Better Future Now

Kingdom Communities

The Message of Jesus envisions life-giving community.

In this article, we look at the concept of the ekklesia and explore what it means to be a Kingdom community (aka simple church, organic church, micro church, missional church)—a community that’s alive in the Spirit, in love with one another and on mission in their world.

Kingdom Alignment, Kingdom Ecclesiology, A Better Future Now

Kingdom Alignment

The Message of Jesus envisions a Kingdom-advancing ekklesia.

In this article, we look at the subject of Biblical authority and how it works within Jesus’ vision of an advancing Kingdom-shaped ekklesia. We also explore the concept of apostolic alignment, the problems of hierarchical leadership, the role of the apostle and the elder, and how apostolic teams function.

Kingdom Mission, Kingdom Ecclesiology, A Better Future Now

Kingdom Mission

The Message of Jesus envisions a transformed world.

In this article, we look at the importance of a missional DNA for Kingdom communities and explore various subjects related to becoming a mature Kingdom-advancing ekklesia such as training for reigning, the priesthood of all believers, financial giving and incarnational mission.

Messy Dogma

Words often get lost in translation as the translation process is fraught with many challenges. While we ought to be grateful for the many translations that make the Scriptures accessible to us in contemporary English, accepting the limitations of the translation process, the goal of exegesis is to draw out the full meaning of the Biblical text.

Human Rights

What Does Dikaiosune Mean?

THE WORDS WE’VE FUDGED: RIGHTEOUSNESS

In this article, we look at the Greek word dikaiosune and explore how we’ve halved its meaning and cut the heart out of the word.

Human Rights

What Does Ekklesia Mean?

THE WORDS WE’VE FUDGED: CHURCH

In this article, we look at the Greek word ekklesia and explore why this word was translated “church” and the implications of such a translation.

Human Rights

What Does Aionios Mean?

THE WORDS WE’VE FUDGED: ETERNAL

In this article, we look at the Greek word aionios and explore the implications of incorrectly translating this word “eternal”.

Human Rights

What Does Gehenna Mean?

THE WORDS WE’VE FUDGED: HELL

In this article, we look at the word Gehenna, how the pagan words, Hell and Hades became associated with it, and explore the implications to our views on post-mortem judgement.

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Topical Articles

It’s my conviction that a church-focused gospel has kept Christendom largely focused on matters of religion. In contrast, the Gospel of the Kingdom compels us to partner with Jesus in upgrading our world.

In fact, I think that only by adopting this Kingdom focus will we transcend the many trivial matters of religion in which Christendom is so often entangled.

In these articles, we focus on topics that might be construed as ‘secular matters’ to a religious mind. In doing so, we seek to identify the ‘sacred in the secular’: to discover where God is at work in humanity today and partner with Him in restoring all creation.

These are either past or present subjects that Christendom has rejected or neglected (when it should have led the way) … or present and future subjects that followers of Jesus ought to now address proactively.

Human Rights

Women in Ministry & Leadership

WOMEN & MEN: GOD’S ORIGINAL INTENT

In this article, we look at God’s intent for men and women, both His original design and what the New Testament teaches us about the equality of the sexes. We also tackle how Christendom has by and large handled the issue and consider our response today.

Human Rights

Human Hierarchy & Human Rights

PATRIARCHY, FEMINISM & GENDER EQUALITY

In this article, we discuss patriarchy and feminism in the broader context of human hierarchies and human rights.

God created human beings with dignity and self-sovereignty and justice is one of the core themes of the Scriptures. Jesus confronted systemic injustice and advocated for every individual.

Human Rights

Gender: Social Construct or Biological Fact?

MOVING THROUGH CONFLICT TO BUILD A HUMANE SOCIETY

In this article, we discuss the word ‘gender’ and how it has evolved over time to become both a helpful and divisive term. We appeal to each camp and offer suggestions towards proactive conversations and humane solutions.

Human Rights

Gender: Biology, Society or Identity?

WITH TAYLOR & JAMIE

Join two siblings, 17-year-old Taylor and 23-year-old Jamie, as they discuss what gender means. Does it refer to biological sex, a social construct or an innate sense of personal identity?

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