Life on Mission
March 18/19, 2017 Sermon Notes
“Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons, but they are helpless against our prayers.” —J. Sidlow Baxter
God has set eternity in the human heart. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
—Prayer is the best way to build a bridge of love that can bear the weight of truth.
Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10)
Never again will they hunger. Never again will they thirst… (Revelation 7:16)
“The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when the one who plows will overtake the one who reaps; when new wine will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills.” (Amos 9:13)
God will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nations will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. (Isaiah 2:4)
The wolf will lie down with the lamb…Infants will play near the hole of the cobra and young children will put their hands into the viper’s nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all My holy mountain… (Isaiah 11:6-9)
On no day will its gates ever be shut because there’s no night there. (Revelation 21:25)
…And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children… (Luke 1:17)
And I heard a loud voice saying, “Now the dwelling place of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:3-4)
…I will remove their hearts of stone and replace them with a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 11:19)
…The trees of the field will clap their hands. (Isaiah 55:12)
If God’s kingdom were to come to earth, the technical phrase that’s often used is “the kingdom of God is the range of God’s effective will.”
After John was put into prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news. “The time has come,” he said, “the kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news.” (Mark 1:14-15)
But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. (Matthew 12:28)
How will the kingdom come to earth? It starts with prayer.
The first three requests are vertical petitions about God:
1. Your name be hallowed—2. Your kingdom come—3. Your will be done.
The next four are horizontal petitions about us:
4. Give us this day our daily bread—5. Forgive us our debts—6. Don’t bring us into temptation—7. Deliver us from the evil one.
The kingdom is where God’s name is hallowed, and the kingdom is where God’s will is followed.
Pray that the kingdom will come in my life.
Take this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will but yours be done. (Luke 22:42)
Then move on to pray, “God, may your kingdom come to the people in my relational world.”
“Make up there, come down here.”
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