Seeking the kingdom 031007 ch pp57 1015 230912

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An interesting look at Church V Kingdom, is the church the Kingdom of God, or is the Kingdom of God something different to the church. An important subject, I think, for the effect it could have on our world.

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Seeking the kingdom 031007 ch pp57 1015 230912

  1. 1. Seeking The KingdomSeeking The Kingdom No: PP 57/1015
  2. 2. What in Life is importantWhat in Life is important  Education?Education?  Homes?Homes?  Cars?Cars?  Computer?Computer?  Children?Children?  Marriage?Marriage? I guess they all have an importance levelI guess they all have an importance level
  3. 3. But what is most importantBut what is most important  Well the Bible tells us to firstWell the Bible tells us to first  Matthew 6:32-34Matthew 6:32-34  ButBut seekseek firstfirst hishis kingdomkingdom and hisand his righteousness, and all these things will berighteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.given to you as well.
  4. 4. So Shouldn’t that be First?So Shouldn’t that be First?  But is itBut is it
  5. 5. And Where should we lookAnd Where should we look  Every WhereEvery Where  In our HomesIn our Homes  In our WorkIn our Work  In our Church meetingsIn our Church meetings  In our FamilyIn our Family  In our CountryIn our Country  In our committeesIn our committees
  6. 6. What does the Kingdom look likeWhat does the Kingdom look like  The prayer that Jesus taught gives us a clueThe prayer that Jesus taught gives us a clue  Luke 11 Matt 6:9Luke 11 Matt 6:9    1 THEN HE was praying in a certain place; and1 THEN HE was praying in a certain place; and when He stopped, one of His disciples said towhen He stopped, one of His disciples said to Him, Lord, teach us to pray, [just] as John taughtHim, Lord, teach us to pray, [just] as John taught his disciples.    2 And He said to them, Whenhis disciples.    2 And He said to them, When you pray, say: Our Father Who is in heaven,you pray, say: Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name,hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom comeYour kingdom come .. Your will be doneYour will be done [held holy and revered][held holy and revered] onon earth as it is in heaven.earth as it is in heaven.
  7. 7. What do you think the Kingdom inWhat do you think the Kingdom in Heaven is like?Heaven is like?  Without peaceWithout peace  Without JoyWithout Joy  Without JusticeWithout Justice  Without RighteousnessWithout Righteousness I don’t think so…I don’t think so… Actually soActually so when we findwhen we find Peace, Joy,Peace, Joy, Justice, Righteousness, then actually youJustice, Righteousness, then actually you have found a little bit of the Kingdom ofhave found a little bit of the Kingdom of Heaven on EarthHeaven on Earth
  8. 8. InterestinglyInterestingly  Often times when Jesus put thing thatOften times when Jesus put thing that where wrong right likewhere wrong right like  Healing the sickHealing the sick  Forgiving sinsForgiving sins He would say the Kingdom of God isHe would say the Kingdom of God is amongst you, the Kingdom of God is here!amongst you, the Kingdom of God is here!
  9. 9. So how can we actively find theSo how can we actively find the Kingdom of GodKingdom of God  Knowing what we are looking forKnowing what we are looking for  Putting wrong rightPutting wrong right  Peace, joy, righteousness, sins forgiven,Peace, joy, righteousness, sins forgiven, JusticeJustice  That is what we are looking forThat is what we are looking for
  10. 10. We can actively find itWe can actively find it  We can pull the Kingdom downWe can pull the Kingdom down  Into our time space WorldInto our time space World  The church prepares usThe church prepares us  Life prepares usLife prepares us  We are prepared by each otherWe are prepared by each other
  11. 11. LET US DO ITLET US DO IT  Seek the KingdomSeek the Kingdom  Are you going to look for itAre you going to look for it  Are you willing to be a puller down of theAre you willing to be a puller down of the kingdom of God to where you arekingdom of God to where you are  You should be Kingdom seekersYou should be Kingdom seekers  You should be Kingdom FindersYou should be Kingdom Finders  Pull it downPull it down
  12. 12.  The challenge is therefore to be kingdom-minded. ThisThe challenge is therefore to be kingdom-minded. This quote from Howard Snyder is a useful summary,quote from Howard Snyder is a useful summary, “The“The church gets into trouble whenever it thinks it is in thechurch gets into trouble whenever it thinks it is in the church business rather than the Kingdom business. Inchurch business rather than the Kingdom business. In the church business, people are concerned with churchthe church business, people are concerned with church activities, religious behaviour and spiritual things. In theactivities, religious behaviour and spiritual things. In the Kingdom business, people are concerned with KingdomKingdom business, people are concerned with Kingdom activities, all human behaviour and everything God hasactivities, all human behaviour and everything God has made, visible and invisible. Church people think aboutmade, visible and invisible. Church people think about how to get people into the church, kingdom people thinkhow to get people into the church, kingdom people think about how to get the kingdom into the world. Churchabout how to get the kingdom into the world. Church people worry that the world might change the church,people worry that the world might change the church, Kingdom people work to see the church change theKingdom people work to see the church change the world!”world!”  Someone has also said,Someone has also said, “The Kingdom is a dynamic“The Kingdom is a dynamic greater than the church. If you pursue the church yougreater than the church. If you pursue the church you won’t find the Kingdom, but if you pursue the Kingdomwon’t find the Kingdom, but if you pursue the Kingdom you will find the church.” Simon Markhamyou will find the church.” Simon Markham
  13. 13. Adrian L Hawkes Switzerland 3rd October 2007 Manchester College 12 February 2008 London Tamil church 20th September 09 Lordship Lane church 18th May 2010 (Elaine Lamaswala) New Strong Tower Scarborough Toronto Canada September 2012 Venice church Florida USA September 2012 Paalam Church Wattella Sri Lanka 7th April 2013

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