Kingdom of God
October 8 - November 20, 2016
Stories of the Kingdom
October 9, 2016 • October 9, 2016 • Pavi Thomas
SERMON NOTES (click arrow to the right to open) Main Idea: We are misfits for Jesus stumbling into the kingdom of God. Sermon Notes: Listed here are the complexities for understanding the Kingdom. 1. The kingdom is here and not yet here. 2. There is tension in seeking to live in the kingdom of God while we are in the kingdom of this world. 3. Our own brokenness with worship on one hand and then split second struggling with attitudes. Our mission is to dream what our lives will be like with Jesus as king and start living it out. Jesus makes this concrete. Matthew 5:38-45. This king sends us out, taking forgiveness wherever we go. Matthew 6:9-13. This is our prayer in the time between times. This is how we mobilize. Three Questions for Kingdom Life 1. What is the kingdom of God like? Matthew 3:1-6 through baptism we follow Jesus, follow in the kingdom. Jesus too is baptized, following the kingdom. Matthew 3:16-17 , the mark of the kingdom of God shown in the baptism of Jesus, the Father's affirmation; the Word, Love, and Spirit. 2. What is the kingdom of the world like? Rather than stumbling toward Jesus we stumble away. Matthew 4:1-4 Jesus tempted by Satan, "take care of yourself" Matthew 4:5-7 "go easy on yourself" Matthew 4:8-10 "respect me and I will give you all things." Kingdom of this world teaches to compromise, the kingdom of God calls for integrity and service. 3. How do I get in on the kingdom of God? Step in! But not everyone wants to. Those that do know they are broken, at the end of the rope. Luke 7:36-47 the hard fought self righteousness! Through brokenness we find worship, forgiveness, and gentleness from Jesus. Application Questions: 1. What partnership do we sometimes strike up with the world? 2. Which one are you? The Pharisee or the woman in Luke 7? 3. To enter the kingdom of God Pavi states "What we need is humility." Discuss this in your life. (What is your story?) 4. Share your thoughts on "John " and "Jane." How have you seen the gentleness of Jesus in your life?
Justice & Peace
October 23, 2016 • October 23, 2016 • Dustyn Vanzant
Main Idea: The Gospel creates peace, it removes barriers that divide us from God and from one another. Jesus was our 'Good Samaritan' and now we are to remove barriers also. Whether you realize it or not, everything you do impacts another, you have influence, and are to use it wisely, not wasting it on unimportant disagreements, but instead make meaningful connections to other and address the important topics such as eternal life. Pursue justice with passion especially when you find you feel passionately about a topic or a person. Sermon Notes: How often do you find yourself ignoring the needs of others? Are you too busy or fearful to notice the needs of others? We are commanded to "Love God - Deut 6:5 and Love others - Lev 19:18" but do we? Who qualifies as "other" or as our "neighbor"? We often exclude some for various reasons and feel justified in doing so because some break the law, commit sin, or hurt us, but is it justified? Our tendency is to play it safe and not reach out to others. It might be difficult, we might have to learn a new language, or change our viewpoint, we might get hurt emotionally or physically. Reaching out is not easy, it takes trust in God, in Jesus. The Gospel creates peace and allows for the removal of barriers that divide us. Instead of arguing about things of this world, politics or sports team, share the gospel with someone. Instead of being angry, pray, pray for individuals, pray for groups, especially those you are angry with or afraid of - God is calling you, calling all of us to do this. Application Questions: 1. What 'roads' do you avoid when traveling through life? 2. How can you be prepared to help others along the way? 3. Is there someone you have been afraid to reach out to in your community? What is the risk in reaching out to that person? 4. What kinds of injustice have you witnessed? Did you do something to intervene?
Healing & the Kingdom of God
October 30, 2016 • October 30, 2016 • Bob Buchan
SERMON NOTES (click arrow to the right to open) Main Idea: God's method to advance his kingdom is using Mobile Ministry Teams for healing. Sermon Notes: The Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6 leads us to 1. Exalt him, 2. Advance his kingdom, and 3. Do his will. Matthew 9:27, Jesus heals two blind men who called out to him, "Son of David." Matthew 9:32-34 Jesus heals demon possessed man, and many sick because of his compassion for the "harassed and helpless...sheep without a shepherd." Kingdom refers to God ruling over us, us submitting to his will. Kingdom was their present reality. The king was here, and it was not Caesar. This was counter cultural! However, we and they still live in a broken world. Yet the power, the majesty, the perfection of heaven was already revealed in the person and mission of Jesus Christ. The example of Jesus in Matthew 9 was he Went, he Saw, and he Felt. Matthew 10:1, 7-8 Jesus sends people out to proclaim and demonstrate his compassion. Philippians 3:18-21 Paul states that Jesus will transform us, and Christ followers are citizens of heaven. We will have total healing when Jesus appears! But meanwhile; 1. Jesus levels the hurting and understands the pain 2. There's going to be some better days ahead 3. Every Christ follower will ultimately be healed. When we pray for others, we may consider these guidelines: 1. Ask clarifying questions. 2. Show that you care. 3. Invite the Holy Spirit to lead you. 4. Check in to see how they are doing. 5. Reassure them of Gods love. Application Questions: 1. How can/do we proclaim and demonstrate the compassion of Christ? 2. How can compassion move us to human need? 3. What are ways Jesus transforms us? See Galatians 5:22
November 13, 2016 • November 13, 2016 • Bob Buchan
SERMON NOTES (click arrow to the right to open) Main Idea: To bring the Kingdom of God down, we have to LOVE our King with our whole heart. The Kingdom of God can be here when we submit ourselves to the Lord by loving Him with heart, soul, and mind. So, how do we love Him? *A grateful heart inspires overflowing love.* To be a servant or a warrior for the kingdom, we must first LOVE Him. Mark 12:30: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. Your WHOLE BEING. In Luke 10, we meet Mary and Martha - two sisters. Mary chooses to sit at the Lord's feet, a posture of one who is a disciple. God's Kingdom is looking for people like Mary, people who are lovers, who are consistently being filled by the Lord. In John 11, Lazarus (Mary and Martha's brother) dies. When Jesus comes, He calls him out of his tomb. Key things to notice about this resurrection: 1. "Lazarus, come out!" He had to COME OUT. He didn't just come back to life in the tomb and stay there. Application: We must move out into the world after the Lord brings us out of spiritual death (i.e. after we are "saved.") 2. He came out in his grave clothes, unable to move or see. Jesus sent helpers to remove these hindrances. Application: Jesus puts people in our life to help us put on our new self so that we can be free after our salvation. --- Ephesians 2:4, Romans 13:14 In John 12, Mary is back at Jesus' feet, this time washing his feet with expensive perfume and her own hair. She ONLY had eyes for Jesus - was not paying any attention to those criticizing her behavior. Love makes you do crazy things. The perfume was worth one year's wages. Challenge: Would any of us give up a year's wages in one act of devotion to our King? Mary's faith was not a private, quiet one. To love him with your whole being, you can't check your emotions at the door. They have to come out. The whole house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. We need the sweet aroma of the Lord's presence to fill our homes and our churches. Mary is an example of the kind of love God expects and deserves, and this kind of love is required to spread the gospel. --- Mark 14:9 Application Questions : 1. When is the last time you sat at Jesus' feet? If it wasn't today, why not? 2. Are you still wearing some of your grave clothes? Which ones, and how can you replace them with Jesus' righteousness? 3. Are you truly grateful Jesus brought you from life to death? How will you show it this week? 4. Do you love God more than anything else? What step will you take this week to show Him?
Seeking the Highest Good for Another
November 20, 2016 • November 20, 2016 • Andy Sieberhagen
SERMON NOTES (click arrow to the right to open) Main Idea: The world will know that we are Jesus' disciples by loving one another the way Jesus loves us. Sermon Notes: - Through the process of life we are completely dependent while trying to find ways to be independent - Was it ever part of God's plan to live our lives privately and independent of each other? - Community life is central to the teachings of Jesus. He also lived in community. He says that the mark of a true disciple is interdependent loving of each other. - See 1 John 3:23, 1 Thessalonians 4:9, 1 Peter 1:22, 2 Thessalonians 1:3, Galatians 6:2, 2 Peter 1:7. Jesus' command to love is repeated or referenced here. It shows that the first disciples considered this the special law of Christ. - The command to love was not new. What was new was to love as Jesus did. - How do I love the world if I am unable to love my brother or sister in Christ? - Healthy love is not one way. Love is given and love is received. - Love means many things. Here it is AGAPE, seeking the highest good for another. - Cannot separate the love for God and love for each other.It's not possible to do one without the other. 1 John 4:16, 19-21. - A key part to Jesus' love was forgiveness. If there is any bitterness toward a brother or sister then it is not possible to obey Jesus in this. - John 15:13 - "greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." 1 John 3:16 - "we ought also lay down our lives for the brethren." - There are more verses in scripture about each other than reaching the lost. If we cannot love each other then we will not be able to make disciples. - Jews were distinguished by their rites, rituals, and dress. The wealthy by their possessions. The military by their uniforms. Disciples are distinguished by their love for each other. - If we get it right in the church, it shows the reality of the Gospel and people will enter the Kingdom. Application Questions: 1. What are some examples of how Jesus expressed his love for his disciples? 2. How does loving one another well communicate the Gospel to the rest of the world? 3. In what ways have you experienced the love of Jesus? How have you experienced love from brothers and sisters in Christ? 4. Why is it important to forgive one another? How can unforgiveness keep us from loving each other the way Jesus loves us?