Kingdom Building- (guest post by Jared Davis)

My good friend Jared and I are preparing for  a two week trip to Mexico.  Below is a bit written by Jared touching on the intent, not only of this trip, but the reason for the focus on the Kingdom of God on this blog, as well as, increasingly, all that we do.

“Kingdom building”

 It’s a foreign concept to Western thought, and in many ways antithetical to what our modern cultures have claimed to predicate their entire existence upon. And this is not necessarily without good–though perhaps misguided–reason. The kingdoms of the past, as well as the present, whether they have manifested themselves through geopolitical power or in more local, intimate ways, are so twisted in execution that they (sometimes legitimately, sometimes illegitimately) breed enmity toward the very concept of a “kingdom”.
As with any human institution, even when grounded in some truth, these become corrupted and bent to serve our own methods of achieving what we believe to be flourishing ends. This is the nature of a fallen world. Part of our endeavor here is to challenge assumptions that underpin the foundation of how we perceive the world and the various directions that lead to those ends.
Jesus spent his entire life as a subversive–proclaiming that there is One, True Kingdom that is pure and incorruptible, and that he will return as its King. This world will not be thrown away in the end, but will be renewed, redeemed and put right in an awesome act of new creation. Jesus walking out of the tomb on Easter morning is simultaneously the proem to that moment, as well as the beginning of that redemptive process.

"But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

“But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Additionally, through his teaching, Jesus laid out what our role is in anticipation of his arrival and the subsequent ushering in of that Kingdom of restoration, healing, justice and love. The Kingdom in which the God of the cosmos so desperately wishes for us to be a member. That redemptive process is happening right now–let us engage with it. God has given us the strengths, talents and skills to serve Him and we should use themBelief is an action.
On the 24th of June, we will be travelling to the heart of Mexico, in order to document and gather information on The Village Global, a project started by a small family whose purpose is to build up communities and associations that serve and build for the Kingdom of God. Their communities minister to those ensnared by the degenerated Mexican society: Those “at-risk”, women and children that have been trafficked, drug addicts, the indigent, and anyone else in need of immediate and physical alleviation that God can provide by way of regenerated hearts engaged in Gospel-filled service and action.
We are excited to be a part of this movement, and ascertaining the roles we can fulfill (and finding willing individuals that fulfill other roles) in the ultimate project of New Creation in which we have been commissioned to be agents.
Our objectives in this journey include the following:
* Document and record the daily activities of the villages, and the perennial goals of The Village Global as a whole.
* Meet with the leadership and assess the needs of the villages
* Find ways to communicate the story of the work that is being done there to the broader church
We ask for your prayers in this endeavor and for God to utilize us in the ways that glorify Him through the least of these. This is only the beginning of what He is increasingly calling us to.  Please pray as well for continued guidance and wisdom as we seek His use for us. His Kingdom come, His Will be done.
For more information, please continue following the blog at: https://kingdomupsidedown.wordpress.com/
Jared Davis & Derek Jenkins
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