The Kingdom - Part 4: "Thy Kingdom Come"

Series: The Kingdom

If the church stops living according to the values of the Kingdom of God, it will become completely incapable of praying “Your Kingdom come.” And it will be completely ineffective at advancing God’s Kingdom. Yet many in the church today assume that that using worldly power to defend our religious liberties are a primary way that we are to advance the Kingdom. In doing this, they abandon the values of the Kingdom of God. Jesus’ Kingdom isn’t of this world. And the values of this world, such as power, wealth and force, will only hinder the growth of God’s Kingdom. Jesus invites us to follow him in humility, love, and service to others.

Speaker: Jason Ewart

March 28, 2021

Jason Ewart

Lead Pastor

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Part 4 – The Kingdom

“Thy Kingdom Come”

March 28, 2021

 

Ephesians 5:8

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light

 

 

Romans 13:12

The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

 

 

It’s possible to be a citizen of the kingdom of heaven, while still having an operating system that is controlled by values of the kingdom of this world.

 

 

John 12:4-6

But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

 

 

Matthew 26:14-15

Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver.

 

 

Matthew 26:47-50  

Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: "The one I kiss is the man; arrest him."  Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, "Greetings, Rabbi!" and kissed him. Jesus replied, "Friend, do what you came for."

 

 

Matthew 26:50-51

Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. With that, one of Jesus' companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear. 

 

 

 

Peter thought that God had lost control, so he used worldly power to take control.

 

Matthew 26:52

"Put your sword back in its place," Jesus said to him, "for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 

 

 

 

Matthew 26:53-54

Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?  But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?"

 

 

John 18: 33-37

Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”  “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?” “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?” Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

 

 

Matthew 26:55-56

At that time Jesus said to the crowd, "Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me.  But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled."

 

 

Luke 6:20-23  

Looking at his disciples, he said: "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.  Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.  Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. "Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets.

 

 

Luke 6:24-28  

"But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort.  Woe to you who are well fed now, for you will go hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep.  Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets. 

 

Luke 6:27-28  

"But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

 

 

2 Corinthians 10:3-4

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.

 

 

 

Love – Do Good – Bless - Pray

 

 

 


 

Group Questions

 

  1. Agree/Disagree: We are all under the influence of the values of the kingdom of this world, even though we are citizens of the kingdom of heaven. Why do you think that is the case?

 

 

 

 

  1. What would happen in the life of a Christian who continually values the kingdom of this world over Jesus’ values? What would happen in a church that did that?

 

 

 

 

  1. Historically speaking, why has the church generally advance the most when times were toughest (persecution, famine, plague, legal status)?

 

 

 

 

  1. Read Luke 6:20-28. Are there any areas where it is easier for you to live according to God’s values? Any areas where it is harder? Why might that be?

 

 

 

 

  1. What’s one specific area of your life where you need to adopt God’s values? What can this Group do to help?

 

 

 

  1. What was the most helpful part of this 4-week series?

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