Vision Sunday: The Kingdom Of God
Dave Harper (Sun, 16 Sep 2012)
Dave spoke from Matthew 13:31-33 (2 Parables of the Kingdom).
We are called to mission to extend His kingdom with confidence. As we sow seeds, however small and apparently insignificant, it is a principle of the kingdom that our small contribution will grow and eventually have a wide effect. This may be to share our faith with a friend, pray for the sick, extend an act of kindness, work against injustice….
We are called to seek first the kingdom of God I concluded with a quote from David Devenish in his excellent book ‘What on Earth is the church For?’
“The kingdom is to be our top priority. Jesus said ‘seek ﬁrst his kingdom and his righteousness’. The kingdom is to have far greater priority in our lives than concerns about material things or anything else. It has to be top priority for the church in its mission today.”
The parable of the mustard seed is about the kingdom of God. What is it telling us about that Kingdom? How can this kingdom principle encourage us to be seed sowers for Jesus?
Jesus said seek first the kingdom of God. Please read David Devenish’s quote above. Would you say the Kingdom is your top priority?
The Kingdom of God is growing and bearing fruit all over the world (Col 1:6). How can we enjoy this reality here in the Peaks?
Dave Harper (Sun, 09 Sep 2012)
Dave spoke from Acts 8:26-40, introducing our baptism service. 11 people, of all ages, made a pulic declaration of their decision to make Jesus their Lord and Saviour.
In this story we have a God seeker coming to saving faith in Jesus. He already is on a journey towards God having been to Jerusalem to worship but he does not yet understand the gospel
Two things help him . One is Scripture where God can be found by revelation since he wrote the book! The other is through the help of a friend or a believer , in this case Philip.
Philip is both available and aware of the Spirit’s prompting and follows the leading of God. He takes the initiative in asking if the Ethiopian understands what he is reading from Isaiah then explains the gospel when given the opportunity.
- Was your experience similar to the man in the story where both Scripture verses and the help of a believer brought you to faith?
- If someone asked you to explain the verses in the passage quoted from Isaiah 53 , how would you do that? (It says Philip told him the good news of Jesus, that’s a clue!)
- Philip was available to go and aware of the Spirit’s prompting. Pray that we can be more like that ourselves and lets encourage one another to ‘go’
Phil Hardy (Sun, 02 Sep 2012)
Phil spoke from 1 Timothy 1:18-20 about the need to hold on to the promises that God has made to us.