2017-09-03 The Kingdom Comes to the Powerful

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The Kingdom Comes to the Powerful This morning I would like to suggest that the kingdom comes to the powerful (1 Cor 4:20), although this is not power in the normal sense of the word. On the one hand, Jesus’ kingdom evidences miracles that only the hard-hearted can dismiss (Matt 11:20- 21; Luke 5:17). But […]

2017-08-27 The Kingdom Comes to the Committed

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THE KINGDOM COMES TO THE COMMITTED Although Jesus and Paul are sometimes set at odds as if they as if they are theological adversaries, it is clear they agree on this one theme: Only the Committed Are Eligible for the Kingdom. Jesus says “Blessed are the persecuted because of right living, for theirs is the […]

2017-08-13 The Kingdom Comes as an Inheritance

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The Kingdom Comes as an Inheritance  Galatians 5:19-24; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 “Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done”… such a great prayer because it frees us from ourselves, our petty concerns and into the grand scheme of God. In fact, a strong biblical case could be made from both the teachings of Jesus and the […]

2017-08-06 The Kingdom Comes to the Caring

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The Kingdom Comes to the Caring Romans 14:17 The Kingdom was Jesus’ favorite topic, from the start of his ministry (Matt 4:12, 17) until the end (Acts 1:3). Yet is seems ironic that the number one evangelist of the early church, the Apostle Paul, so seldom talked about the kingdom himself…instead focusing on justification by […]

2017-07-30 The Kingdom is Coming

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THE KINGDOM IS COMING One of the main teaching of the New Testament is the soon, imminent return of Jesus (Rev 22:16, 20; 1 Thes 4:13-15). Along with the coming of the king is the coming of the kingdom (Luke 22:17- 18). The disciples hoped they would see the kingdom come (Acts 1:6)…but Jesus never […]

2017-07-23 The Kingdom is Within

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THE KINGDOM IS WITHIN / AMONG Most of us are familiar with the first verse in the Bible “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen 1:1), but maybe not equally as familiar with the last: “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.” (Rev 22:21) These two verses […]