Summary: To live our lives within the context of the eternal purposes of God and understand that we are called to be Kingdom Builders.
We have been talking about being …
Kingdom minded people and
having a Kingdom heart, for the
purpose of building God’s Kingdom.
Been studying this out of Ezra- continue today.
What do we mean by the Kingdom of God?
What does it look like?
Kingdom- a country, territory, governed by a king.
Kingdom of God- a place …
governed by God, where God’s will is fulfilled.
Mtt 12:28 "But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. NASU
God wants to come in and rule our house- every room.
Rom 14:17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. NASU
The Kingdom of God begins first in our hearts-
Does God rule- our thoughts, affections, attitudes, actions- are they aligned w/Bible?
Once God’s Kingdom has been established within us, then we are vessels He can use to take His
Kingdom to the hearts and minds of others.
2 Cor 4:7-12
I let myself die, you raise up what you want in me.
When a people are ruled internally by God- will be reflected in- gov’t, education, business, culture.
The Jews returning to Jerusalem had to band together to be successful in accomplishing God’s purposes.
Acts 2:46 Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, NASU
Illustration: soda can demo
God- not called us to walk alone- we can accomplish more together than alone, safer together than alone
They returned to the Word of God …
Once they rediscovered what was written in God’s Word there was no longer any controversy.
Bible- must become- our authoritative source which governs our thoughts/affections/attitudes/actions.
Illustration: (Honda manual) new car comes w/owners manual written by the creator of that automobile.
They built an altar to God …
Burnt sacrifice- Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for us.
Christ offered Himself and died in our place.
As they came together to offer a physical sacrifice, the church gathers to lift up Christ.
Altar- the cross of Jesus Christ.
As Christians we are called to die to our own ambitions and live our lives for God.
Rom 12:1- presenting ourselves- living/holy sacrifice.
Gal 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me … NASU
How do we do this? How do we put God first?
To build- foundation of temple, the temple itself, and the walls of the city- required they worked together
We must work (serve) together, build together, fight together, study together, pray/worship together.
They came around their victories and celebrated together, offered thanksgiving to God together,
they testified together of God’s goodness.
Christians are called together, in the local church, to participate in building God’s Kingdom.
First in themselves, and then in the world around them
… the very fact that God gives us the privilege of prayer tells us He desires we participate with Him in the transformation our world.