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PROCLAIMING GOOD NEWS TO THE POOR OF A KINGDOM JUBILEE Viv Grigg Urban Leadership Foundation June 2006 (to be edited). Jesus came to preach good news of the Kingdom of God to the poor, to set the captives free, to declare the acceptable year of the Lord (– the year of Jubilee) (Luke 4:18, 19).

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PROCLAIMING GOOD NEWS TO THE POOROF A KINGDOM JUBILEEViv Grigg Urban Leadership FoundationJune 2006(to be edited)


When people heard him what did they understand

Jesus came to preach good news of the Kingdom of God to the poor, to set the captives free, to declare the acceptable year of the Lord (– the year of Jubilee) (Luke 4:18, 19).

When people heard him, what did they understand?


The jubilee lev 25 8 55 proclamation celebration
The Jubilee (Lev 25: 8-55) poor, to set the captives free, to declare the acceptable year of the Lord (– the year of Jubilee) (Luke 4:18, 19).– proclamation, celebration

  • 8. Count off… 49 years, then have the trumpet sounded everywhere…proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants…The fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you; do not sow and do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the untended vines…eat only what is taken directly from the fields…

  • 13. In this year of Jubilee everyone is to return to his own property.


Jubilee economic redistribution
Jubilee – Economic Redistribution poor, to set the captives free, to declare the acceptable year of the Lord (– the year of Jubilee) (Luke 4:18, 19).

  • 14. If you sell land to one of your countrymen or buy any from him do not take advantage of each other. You are to buy on the basis of the number of years since the Jubilee. And he is to sell to you on the basis of the number of years left for harvesting crops. When the years are many, you are to increase the price and when the years are few you are to decrease the price, because what he is really selling you is the number of crops.


Jubilee freedom from bondage
Jubilee – Freedom from bondage poor, to set the captives free, to declare the acceptable year of the Lord (– the year of Jubilee) (Luke 4:18, 19).

  • 23. The land must not be sold permanently because the land is mine and you are but aliens and tenants...

  • 39 If one of your countrymen becomes poor among you and sells himself to you, do not make him work as a slave. He is to be treated as a hired worker or a temporary resident among you; he is to work until the Year of Jubilee. Then he and his children are to be released…


1 the jubilee lev 25 8 55
1. The Jubilee (Lev 25:8-55) poor, to set the captives free, to declare the acceptable year of the Lord (– the year of Jubilee) (Luke 4:18, 19).

Every 50th year

A time of equalizing.

I. SLAVES ARE SET FREE

II. DEBTS ARE TO BE CANCELED.

III. CELEBRATION.

IV. REDISTRIBUTION


2 jesus message of the jubilee
2. Jesus’ Message of the Jubilee poor, to set the captives free, to declare the acceptable year of the Lord (– the year of Jubilee) (Luke 4:18, 19).

  • Jesus describes it as

    • a proclamation of freedom

    • a release from oppression

    • the coming of a special year.

  • Not a year but an age of Jubilee


  • I a liberating gospel
    I. A LIBERATING GOSPEL poor, to set the captives free, to declare the acceptable year of the Lord (– the year of Jubilee) (Luke 4:18, 19).

    • To be released from oppression is good news.

    • Did you come this morning oppressed?

      • financial bondage?


    Ii a celebrating gospel
    II. A CELEBRATING GOSPEL poor, to set the captives free, to declare the acceptable year of the Lord (– the year of Jubilee) (Luke 4:18, 19).

    • In the Jubilee, life is a celebration.

    • Our task is to bring the joy of Christ into situations of darkness, the hope of Christ into situations of despair.


    Iii an ecological gospel
    III. AN ECOLOGICAL GOSPEL poor, to set the captives free, to declare the acceptable year of the Lord (– the year of Jubilee) (Luke 4:18, 19).

    • The Jubilee involves the redistribution of the land

      • Christians work with slum dwellers to gain land rights

    • In NZ, evangelism last decade hinged on leadership in land rights issues for Maori

      • This decade it will hinge on Christian leadership of environmental issues

      • And the fight for young couples to have their own land

    Raineer Chu – Lawyer who

    rescues communities in land conflicts


    Iv a reconciling gospel
    IV. A RECONCILING GOSPEL poor, to set the captives free, to declare the acceptable year of the Lord (– the year of Jubilee) (Luke 4:18, 19).

    • Immediately after declaring his mandate in Luke 4:18, Jesus began to talk about ministering to Gentiles.

      • They tried to throw him of a cliff

      • The jubilee is reconciling.

      • That is the basis for a multicultural church.

        V. AN ECONOMIC GOSPEL


    3 jubilee economics in the acts community acts 2 42 44
    3. Jubilee Economics in the poor, to set the captives free, to declare the acceptable year of the Lord (– the year of Jubilee) (Luke 4:18, 19).Acts Community (Acts 2:42-44)

    FIRST PRINCIPLE: CELEBRATION

    SECOND PRINCIPLE: COOPERATIVE ECONOMICS

    THIRD PRINCIPLE: FORSAKING

    FOURTH PRINCIPLE: MEETING NEEDS

    FIFTH PRINCIPLE: PRIVATE OWNERSHIP WITHOUT POSSESSIVENESS

    SIXTH PRINCIPLE: VOLUNTARY GIVING

    SEVENTH PRINCIPLE: THE EQUALIZING GOSPEL

    AN EQUALIZING GOSPEL

    A RANGE OF JUSTICE & EQUALITY


    4 summary of principles of kingdom economics
    4. Summary of Principles of Kingdom Economics poor, to set the captives free, to declare the acceptable year of the Lord (– the year of Jubilee) (Luke 4:18, 19).

    9. Ownership / Own home / Forsake all, / Provide family (Levites) yet own home (1 Tim 5:8)


    Gospel transformation of poverty
    Gospel Transformation of Poverty poor, to set the captives free, to declare the acceptable year of the Lord (– the year of Jubilee) (Luke 4:18, 19).

    • Upon Conversion

      • Release from sins of drunkenness, gambling, immorality, bitterness

      • Release from demons

      • Stability in work

      • God answers prayers

      • Supportive community of faith

      • New vision, new zeal

      • A passion for learning

      • Faithfulness, honesty lead to promotions


    Gospel transformation of poverty ii cooperative economics savings in the slums
    Gospel Transformation of Poverty II poor, to set the captives free, to declare the acceptable year of the Lord (– the year of Jubilee) (Luke 4:18, 19).Cooperative Economics: Savings in the Slums

    • II. Credit Cooperatives

      • Savings: 10 people contributing $1 per week into a common fund

      • Given to one person to capitalise a small business

      • They repay week by week, others keep contributing

      • Trains people to do basic bookkeeping

    • III. Microfinance

      • Only viable after 1-2 years of savings and credit cooperatives, only works with the proven

      • Too high a level of management for most poor


    5 jubilee and international redistribution 2 corinthians 8 9
    5. Jubilee and International Redistribution (2 Corinthians 8,9)

    • The Principles of Jubilee

      • seen in Jesus community

      • then in the Acts community

      • are further extended globally in Paul’s teaching on global redistribution between the churches


    Sacrificial simple lifestyles international redistribution ii cor 8 9
    Sacrificial Simple Lifestyles 8,9)InternationalRedistributionII Cor 8,9



    Credit cooperatives in a western church
    Credit Cooperatives in a Western Church 8,9)

    • What would happen if the church cut out the moneylenders (Banks)?

    • What if twenty families paid in $40 per week to a common fund?

    • What if the common fund was then used to pay off one mortgage…


    What to do internationally
    What to Do Internationally? 8,9)

    • Repent, Engage, Go

      • Sit down with family and determine what to do to simplify lifestyle

      • Commit to costs of training one pastor ($50)

      • Seed fund one project, one co-op ($1000)

      • Buy a church (set a congregation free, $10-20,000)

      • Work with us in one training program, assist with video, typing CD


    Be set free
    Be set free 8,9)

    • Time of symbolic commitment

    • Or time for reflection with your small group

    • Leaders can pray with you at front


    Towards 50 000 cross cultural churchplanters in the slums
    Towards 50,000 Cross-cultural Churchplanters in the Slums 8,9)

    • Recent Training in Kampala, Uganda

    • Hyderabad, India

    Setting up a masters training program with three institutionsfor slum movement leaders


    Urban leadership foundation
    Urban Leadership Foundation 8,9)

    • 30 years catalysing slum movements

      • By faith…

    • Expanding simple base

      • Need to move from garage to 2 room office for 5 people

      • Need volunteer bookkeeper, database manager, conference organiser

    Free? Cheap?

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