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May 30/31, 2020

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen (Matthew 6:9-13 NIV)

Praise be to you, LORD, the God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the
power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.
(1 Chronicles 29:10-11)

Kingdom, power, glory, forever

  • The kingdom of God is His plan.
  • The power of God is His program.
  • The glory of God is His purpose.
  • Forever is God’s pace.
    We live in God’s kingdom, by God’s power, for God’s glory, with forever always in mind.

    Kingdom

    After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:14-15)

    After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. (Luke 8:1)

    When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God an to heal the sick. (Luke 9:1-2)

    After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. (Acts 1:3)

    …boldly and without hindrance…preached the kingdom of God. (Acts 28:31)

    Something tragic has happened in most churches: we have substituted another gospel for Jesus’ gospel. The gospel that we have substituted might be called: The Minimal Entrance Requirements For Getting Into Heaven When You Die. We may not use those exact words, but that’s what the gospel has been shrunk down to for most people.

    Jesus came as the kingdom-bringer.

    Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10)

For the kingdom of God is not just fancy talk. It is living by God’s power. (1 Corinthians 4:20)

  • Humility is the condition to experiencing God’s power.
    God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. (James 4:6)

    My power shows up best in weak people. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

  • Weakness is the context for demonstrating God’s power.
  • Ministry is the consequence of trusting God’s power.
    The very first tenet of the Westminster Shorter Catechism is worth memorizing: Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.

    There is no circumstance in which you cannot glorify God.

    So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)

    He [God] has set eternity in the human heart… (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

    “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”—C.S. Lewis

    We live in God’s kingdom, by God’s power, for God’s glory, with forever always in mind.