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Nine Principles of Kingdom Economics. Viv Grigg, June 2006. 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?.

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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?


Kingdom economic principles in genesis 1
Kingdom Economic Principles in Genesis 1 poor, to set the captives free, to declare the acceptable year of the Lord (– the year of Jubilee) (Luke 4:18, 19).

  • God’s Nature is to be reflected in us

  • Principle 1: Creativity – He creates (Gen 1:1)

    • Take risks

    • Makes something from nothing

    • Evolving one thing from the next – we are to grow business incrementally

  • Principle 2: He works cooperatively (“Let us”1:1)

  • Principle 3: Productivity – “he made”, “it was good”

  • Principle 4: He works

  • Principle 5: He rests


Principle 1 3 creativity productivity
Principle 1 & 3: poor, to set the captives free, to declare the acceptable year of the Lord (– the year of Jubilee) (Luke 4:18, 19). Creativity & Productivity

  • God is the creative worker

    • His work was good, expressing beauty

    • Made something out of nothing

    • Evolved each step into something new

    • His work was artistic

  • His work was good

    • Work is honorable

    • God’s work can be seen in four categories: creation, providence, judgement, redemption


Principle 4 work
Principle 4: Work poor, to set the captives free, to declare the acceptable year of the Lord (– the year of Jubilee) (Luke 4:18, 19).

  • Human work

    • To manage the earth

    • To subdue it

    • To fill it

  • Work was cursed in the fall

    • It became hard work

      • From gardener to farmer, from fulfilment to frustration

    • But the command to manage did not change

  • What rate of interest do they charge?


Principle 5 rest
Principle 5: poor, to set the captives free, to declare the acceptable year of the Lord (– the year of Jubilee) (Luke 4:18, 19).Rest

  • Abuse of work takes two forms:

    • Idleness

    • Overwork

  • Work without rest is one of the major sins

  • The Sabbath

    • a symbol of the covenant between God and his people

    • a time to reflect and rest

    • out of this reflection, worship.

  • Christians enter a permanent rest

    • We rest in the spirit in our work

    • But we also take seasons of rest


Principle 6 redistribution the jubilee lev 25 8 17
Principle 6: Redistribution poor, to set the captives free, to declare the acceptable year of the Lord (– the year of Jubilee) (Luke 4:18, 19).The Jubilee (Lev 25:8-17)

Every 50th year,

  • It was a time of equalizing.

    I. LIBERTY

  • It is synonymous with the year of liberty.

  • Slaves are to be set free.

    II. DEBTS ARE TO BE CANCELED.

  • Economic freedom is inherent in the gospel message.

    III. CELEBRATION.

  • Celebration is inherent in the gospel message.

    IV. REDISTRIBUTION

  • The means of production, the land was to be returned to the original owners. Redistribution of the means of production is inherent in the gospel message.

    V. OWNERSHIP

  • Even the Levites were to have their own home


Jesus message of the jubilee
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).

  • This theme of the Jubilee becomes central to the New Testament

    • In the central passage around which Luke builds his gospel and the Acts, Luke 4:18, Jesus declares his mission

    • He inaugurates the Jubilee eternally.


Jubilee economics in the acts community acts 2 42 44
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)

AN EQUALIZING GOSPEL

New PRINCIPLE: FORSAKING

2nd PRINCIPLE: COOPERATIVE ECONOMICS 6th PRINCIPLE: MEETING NEEDS

6th PRINCIPLE: VOLUNTARY GIVING

6th PRINCIPLE: THE EQUALIZING GOSPEL

8th PRINCIPLE: CELEBRATION

9th PRINCIPLE: PRIVATE OWNERSHIP WITHOUT POSSESSIVENESS

A RANGE OF JUSTICE & EQUALITY


Principle of simplicity i tim 6 6 10
Principle of Simplicity poor, to set the captives free, to declare the acceptable year of the Lord (– the year of Jubilee) (Luke 4:18, 19).I Tim 6:6-10


Principle 6 jubilee and international redistribution 2 corinthians 8 9
Principle 6: Jubilee and International Redistribution poor, to set the captives free, to declare the acceptable year of the Lord (– the year of Jubilee) (Luke 4:18, 19).(2 Corinthians 8,9)

The principles of Jubilee as evidenced in Jesus community, then in the Acts community are further extended globally in Paul’s teaching on global redistribution between the churches


Principle 6 international redistribution
Principle 6: poor, to set the captives free, to declare the acceptable year of the Lord (– the year of Jubilee) (Luke 4:18, 19).InternationalRedistribution

Sacrificial Simple Lifestyles

lead to

Interchurch International

Economic Justice

(II Cor 8,9)


Summary of principles of kingdom economics
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)


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