Sun, 16 August 2015
August 16, 2015
Kingdom Living Matters
Synopsis: Let’s admit it, in this country we have more than just a little bit of trouble thinking and talking “kingdom” language. The Bible on the other hand is filled with “kingdom” language. In the New Testament believers make a shift from “kingdoms” of this world to the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven. I hope my sermon series will help bring the distinctive of that language into the foreground and help us understand how to use it.
The title for my first sermon of the series was taken from the Lord’s Prayer (Mt.) in which we pray “Thy Kingdom Come.” I closed with a simple question, “Are you in?” That is the starting point for today’s sermon. If you are not in then matters of the Kingdom of God don’t really matter to you (Mark 4:1-20).
Today I want you to think about what the world would that look like if the Kingdom of Heaven came to earth and what you are required to do to make that a reality in your life. Jesus, speaking in Kingdom language (Mt. 5:3-11), makes it clear that there is a smorgasbord of blessings spread out before all those in the Kingdom. There is absolutely no reason in this world for any believer to go hungry. If you are in the Kingdom and not being filled with Kingdom blessings it’s because you want come to the table.
Scripture Text (NLT): Matthew; Mark 4:1-20; John ; Matthew 5:3-12 (NRSV, Message); Matthew
Scripture Reading: Mark 4:26-29