Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
Today in “Thy Kingdom Come” we wrestled with an important question: what has your greatest allegiance?
As we have been talking about in the past few weeks, God chose Israel to bless AND to be a blessing to others. When Jesus came to this earth as a King, He extended this responsibility to the church. In other words, once we’re in, we’re not supposed to just exist; we have a responsibility to live our lives as ambassadors for the Kingdom of God!
With that as a preface, what is your mindset regarding your allegiance? Is it to earth or to heaven?
Cal has said previously that the greatest threat to the Kingdom of God is the kingdom of ME. Today he added to it:
The second greatest threat to the Kingdom of God is the kingdom of America
It seems that so often in the church of America, we have made loving America synonymous with loving God. We’re taught about wanting the American Dream, loving our freedoms, supporting capitalism, and the list goes on. But in truth, loving America is not synonymous with loving God. In fact, in many ways, these two kingdoms are in conflict with each other!
So the question remains: where lies your greatest loyalty? You cannot serve two sovereigns. You must decide for yourself who will have your greatest allegiance.
I’ll close with the series of questions that Cal asked at the end of the message.
1. Which authority is highest?
- the Bible
- the Constitution
2. Which court is higher?
- the Supreme Court’s rulings
- the rule of God
3. Where is more of your money going?
- To advance the agenda of the U.S. Government
- To advance the agenda of the Kingdom of God
4. Which are you more excited by?
- What this world offers
- What the Kingdom of God offers
It’s easy to say the “right” answer, but your true answer is revealed in the way you live your life. What would your life reveal about which kingdom has your greatest allegiance?
Verses and quotes from the message:
1 John 2:15-17; Romans 12:2; Genesis 12:1-3; Exodus 19:5-6; Deuteronomy 26:18-19; 1 Peter 2:9-10; Ephesians 2:19-21; Colossians 3:12; Philippians 3:18-21; Acts 4:1-22; Acts 5:17-33;
“The early followers of Jesus were not called people of “the experience,” or the people of “right doctrine,” or the people of “moral values,” or even the people of “the church.” They were called the people of “the Way.” They were known for the way they lived, not only for what they believed or valued. Christians were associated with a particular and discernible way of living and relating that both grew out of their faith and gave testimony to that faith. More than just individuals who had a changed religious position, they were now a new people, a new community embarking on a new way of life –a life worthy of their calling. Their proclamation that in Jesus the reconciling and transforming reign of God had become a historical reality was more than an intriguing idea, it had become visible in a people whose life together was the first fruit of the new social order intended by God for the whole of creation.” Inagrace Dietterich
“Jesus did not establish the church to start a new religion called Christianity. He established the church as an expression of the Kingdom for the people of God as they partner with him in his redemptive mission in the world.” McNeal, Reggie
“Nero did not throw Christians to the lions because they confessed that ‘Jesus is Lord of my heart.’ It was rather because they confessed that ‘Jesus is Lord of all,’ meaning that Jesus was Lord even over the realm Caesar claimed as his domain of absolute authority.” Michael Bird
“Christians no longer know how to die for their faith, they only know how to die for America.” Stanley Hauerwas
Big Idea: You can’t serve two sovereigns. You must decide for yourself who will have your greatest allegiance.
Only King Forever – Elevation Worship
Marvelous – Casey Darnell
You Made a Way – Central Music