Summary: God doesn’t just create His kingdom/His church, He is constantly restoring them. This sermon explores how God restores His church.

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Isn’t God wonderful?

Doesn’t God do some amazing things?

One of the amazing things is that he forgives us,

not once but constantly.

Think about how many times God has forgiven you.

Boy he must really love us.

And another amazing thing he does is that despite our flaws and our tendency to mess up

he includes every believer to be part of His team of sharing his love and forgiveness.

He calls each one of us to not just receive His forgiveness

but to also actively share His forgiveness and love.

Listen to this from 1 Peter 2 verse 9

9 But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

This text forms the basis of what many Christians refer to as the Priesthood of all believers.

A teaching that states that every Christian is involved in sharing God’s love and forgiveness

in every situation God has placed them.

So no matter who you are or

what you do

every situation you encounter is an opportunity for you to share with others how good God is.

And this is something important to remember as we contemplate today’s Gospel reading.

We all are responsible for bringing God’s perspective of life into this world.

This is every Christians number one responsibility as they live.

This is why God gives us money, time, intelligence, skills and anything else we have.

So keep this in mind as we contemplate today’s Gospel reading.

The Gospel reading today is a parable that follows some events in the life of Jesus where he interacted with some religious leaders.

Jesus had entered Jerusalem on a donkey,

where people acknowledge him as king and from God.

Now if you were to arrange for the mayor to parade into Burnie/Devonport/Launceston would you organise a donkey?

A large horse, maybe an elephant or what about one of those new Hummers they sound more appropriate.

Jesus however came into Jerusalem on a donkey to fulfil one of the prophecies of the Old Testament.

Then he went to the temple where he saw something that resembled a market, rather than what it was supposed to be a house of prayer.

The problem wasn’t the market, but rather that people had become lazy.

Instead of bringing their sacrifices, their first fruits from the market.

This had become an inconvenience, so they bought it at the temple door.

And so he gets angry and turns over the money changing tables stating that God’s house has been changed from what it is meant to be.

Shortly later his authority is questioned by religious leaders.

And in response Jesus tells three parables to some Pharisees,

Some religious leaders.

To get some points across.

In today’s parables the first thing Jesus reminds the Pharisees of is that this kingdom is God’s kingdom.

It is not their kingdom but God’s.

They are servants in the kingdom.

And the same also applies to us.

This is God’s church, God’s kingdom.

Think about what it means for you and me.

It is not my church or my kingdom

It is not our church or our kingdom

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