Culture of the Kingdom, Pastor Jonathan O’Reilly, Sep 2, 2012

1 Cor. 1:1-9 NLT
– culture is a powerful thing. Current of an environment
– it’s much easier to establish culture from the beginning
– three points in the culture of the kingdom
1. honor (v.1) – Paul says he didn’t do this alone
  – honor places value on someone
  – somethings have a natural or placed value and other things have a sentimental value
  – honor is an element in the kingdom of God
2. encouragement (v.2) – John 4:4 – Jesus needed to go through Samaria to break the cultural traditions
  – Jesus honors and encourages the Samaritan woman
  – Jesus gives us an example to show kindness and encouragement to those in need
3. generosity (v.9) – God is generous to us so we should be generous to others
  – God has invited us into partnership with Jesus
  – 2 Cor. 8:9 NLT
– why do we live in a culture of honor, encouragement, and generosity? Because Jesus did. This is what the culture of the kingdom is all about
– generosity is more than just money, it’s life, it affects the way you look at everything.