The rulers and kingdoms of our world are all about power and profit, no matter the cost. But in Jesus we Jesus a king who’s kingdom brings true peace. As Jesus heads up to Jerusalem, he asks us to choose our kingdom. Outline A story of two kingdoms A parable of an evil king Which kingdom will you choose?
What do you need to do to enter God’s kingdom? A bloke who seemed to have everything going for him, asked Jesus this question. But Jesus’ surprising answer shows how God’s kingdom conflicts with our world’s values of status and power. Greedy-hearted humans can’t enter God’s Kingdom, but God has made it possible for those who like a child receive his generosity in Jesus. Outline Empty Hands (vv15-17) Not what you offer (vv18-30) The suffering and rising king (vv31-34) Will you enter God’s kingdom? Read more
When you hear a warning of something concerning coming your way, do you stay or do you go? In this passage, as we continue our journey with Jesus, we will hear him talking about the cross, the turning point of history. It brings judgement on the world and ushers in the Kingdom of God. Jesus calls us to escape the world and find refuge in him. Outline The Kingdom of God (Daniel 2:44, 7:13-14) … is among you (Luke 17:20-21) …comes through suffering (17:22-25) …comes with sudden judgment (17:26-37) Living now in the Kingdom
Do you want to build something which lasts? David desires to build a house for God and secure his peace and blessing, but God reminds him that he is the one who builds things that last. God promises David’s son will build his house and God himself will make a kingdom that will last forever. Outline David has plans (vv1-2) But so does God (v4) … because God hasn’t asked (vv5-7, 1 Kings 5:3) … because God will build (vv8-17) David’s humble praise (vv18-29) Where is this forever king? Read more
The story so far Looking for a leader (1 Samuel 9) … chosen by God (1 Samuel 10) … to bring victory (1 Samuel 11) Saul and Us What does this say about God? What does this say about how God works in Jesus? What does this say about us?
Safe as houses? You will live in uncertain times People will lead astray The earth will shake You’ll be hated But the Son of Man reigns He is with us He is reigning And he’ll bring salvation! Signs of uncertain times …remind us to watch Where is your certainty?