Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
This weekend in “Thy Kingdom Come,” we discussed how the Kingdom advances.
All who consider themselves part of the Kingdom of Heaven have a clear responsibility to expand the Kingdom according to Matt. 28:18-20. Here’s the thing: the Kingdom of Heaven only advances on sacrifice. Whether big or small, at least some sort of sacrifice has to be made in order to expand the Kingdom.
In the message, Cal made two two-word statements that all Kingdom citizens are called to make:
- Invite Everyone
- Invest Everything
Pretty simple, right? Well, sort of. Both of these are huge sacrifices depending on how seriously you follow them! Are you introducing people to Jesus? That’s risky. Are you giving your time, energy, influence, and finances to the Kingdom? That’s costly. But the bottom line is, sacrifice is the seed that grows the Kingdom of Heaven. Without sacrifice, there is no growth.
Are you actively growing the Kingdom right now?
Verses and quotes from the message:
Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 9:23-25; Acts 1:8
“The church was created on purpose, for a purpose — to partner with God in his redemptive mission here on earth.” Reggie McNeal
“Jesus has many who love his kingdom in heaven, but few who bear his cross. He has many who desire comfort, but few who desire suffering. He finds many to share his feast, but few his fasting. All desire to rejoice with him, but few are willing to suffer for his sake. Many follow Jesus to the breaking of bread, but few to the drinking of the cup of his passion. Many admire his miracles, but few follow him in the humiliation of the cross.” Thomas à Kempis
Big Idea: Sacrifice is the seed that grows the kingdom of heaven.
Let it Be Known – Tim Hughes
Great I Am – Jared Anderson
Lord I Need You – Kristian Stanfill
Kingdom Come – Elevation Worship