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Learning from Luke: Seek the Easter Kingdom

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Luke 12:22-34

Frederick the Great of Prussia once visited a school, and singled out a little girl, held up a stone in front of her, and asked, “To which kingdom does this stone belong?” “To the mineral kingdom,” came the quick reply. “And to which kingdom does this apple belong?” “To the plant kingdom.” Next the king pointed to the picture of a horse and asked her to classify the horse. “It belongs to the animal kingdom,” said the girl. Then, after a pause, the king demanded, “And to which kingdom do I belong?” Now the girl hesitated. Finally, she answered, “You belong to the kingdom of God.” The king was deeply moved by this unexpected reply and said to the girl, “Pray God that I may be found worthy of such an honor.”

Anyone who accepts the work that Jesus has done on the cross can be a part of that Easter Kingdom.

As A Part of the Easter Kingdom, We Can See That:

He is Lord of Everyday Life
Luke 12:22-24~ don’t worry about stuff

  • v22 Jesus’ focus: don’t worry about life
  • v23 Life is MORE than stuff (cf. Abundant Life John 10:10)
  • v24 how valuable are you? Do you agree with God on this?

=> If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,400, that carried no balance from day to day, allowed you to keep no cash in your account, and finally every evening canceled whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day. what would you do? Draw out every cent–of course!
Well, you have such a bank and its name is “Time.” Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it rules off–as lost–whatever of this you had failed to invest to good purpose.

He is Lord of Common Time
Luke 12:25-28~ how do you spend your time?

  • v25 we are not in control
  • v26 what is impossible for us is a little thing to God
  • v27/28 God cares for you because of who HE is

He is Lord of Constant Care
Luke 12:27-31~ think about how God values you

  • v29/30 God knows your needs
  • v31 Agree with God about His priorities

=> Queen Victoria, after hearing one of her chaplains preach on the second coming of Christ, said, “Oh, how I wish that the Lord would come during my lifetime.” When asked why, she replied, “Because I should so love to lay my crown at His feet.”

He is Lord of Everlasting Hope
Luke 12:32-34~ let go of stuff; hold onto God

  • v32 We don’t trust God because of FEAR; yet God trusts US
  • v33 trade your old stuff for PERMANENT treasure
  • v34 your heart is connected to your stuff (how do you define yourself?); Jesus reminds us to be connected to GOD, and let HIM define us

Think about your daily life: how do you spend your common time? Are you burdened with constant care over what you feel you need? Let go of anything that weighs you down, and be lifted in the Hope of the Risen Savior. Set your mind and heart on God’s trust in you to live as a citizen of Heaven right here, right now.

Walking in Two Worlds: Kingdom or Republic?

Walking in Two Worlds: Kingdom or Republic? Sermon Audio Here


1 John 5:1-6

In 1908, Methodist pastor Lynn Harold Hough wrote a pledge for the new (at the time) Christian Flag: I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag and to the Savior for whose kingdom it stands; one brotherhood, uniting all mankind in service and in love.

The concept of pledging allegiance (to a flag, or a concept, or a nation) brings to mind the question:

What Shapes Our Kingdom Citizenship?

We are marked by obedience
1 John 5:1-2 Obedience sets us apart as Kingdom People

  • v1 belief is our birthright; brotherly love is our response
  • v2 love is shown by obedience

We are motivated through obedience
1 John 5:3-4 Kingdom work is empowering

  • v3 obedience is NOT obligation (not have to, but want to)
  • v4 faith enables our obedience, and so we can overcome

Jesus modeled obedience
1 John 5:5-6 Jesus’ ministry was obedience to the Father

  • v5 to win at life, you need faith
  • v6 water of baptism; blood of the cross;
  • – both acts of submission to the Father

We are called to live as subjects of a Kingdom even as we live as members of a republic. The key to this balancing act is submission: we submit to the Father, and because of that, are empowered to be His servants in a hurting world.

The Messiah’s Ministry: Multiplier of Ministry

The Messiah’s Ministry: Multiplier of Ministry
Isaiah 55:1-5 Matthew 14:13-21
Two years ago, I planted a few tomato plants, and some of the unpicked tomatoes fell to the ground. Last year, I had a lot more than a few volunteer tomatoes spring up. Multiplication at work!
God Is At Work When We See:
* Compassion in the midst of pain (13-14)
* Concern in the midst of problems (15-18)
* Confirmation in the midst of provision (19-21)
A Big God isn’t concerned with little resources; give what is available, and God will do what is needed for His Kingdom.

The Messiah’s Ministry: The Nature of the Kingdom

The Nature of the Kingdom
Ezekiel 12:1-9 Matthew 13:10-16

Why Don’t More People Respond to God’s Kingdom Call?
* Knowledge of God is Demonstrated
Ez. 12:1-9 Look at Ezekiel’s actions & people’s response

* Knowledge of God is Given
10-13 Look at Jesus’ actions

* Knowledge of God is Refused
14-16 What is the people’s response?

Pray for NEW hearts (Ezekiel 11:19 – I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.) BEFORE introducing to Jesus – pray that rebellious and calloused hearts would be changed.

The Messiah’s Ministry: Answer People’s Questions

Messiah Ministry: Answer People’s Questions
Matthew 12:9-21

A friend once asked Isidor I. Rabi, a Nobel prize winner in science, how he became a scientist. Rabi replied that every day after school his mother would talk to him about his school day. She wasn’t so much interested in what he had learned that day, but she always inquired, “Did you ask a good question today?”

As We Encounter People with Spiritual Questions:

Look for The Motive (vs. 9-14)
Look At The Attitude (vs. 15-21)
Jesus demonstrated His Motives and His Attitude in His actions. His actions revealed His character – which shows that He is, indeed, the Answer for the World today.

The Messiah’s Ministry: Confirm Jesus’ Identity

The Messiah’s Ministry: Confirm Jesus’ Identity
Matthew 11:2-6; 25-30~How Can I trust that Jesus is the Answer?
* He Answers Our Anxiety (2-6)
* He Reaffirms Our Relationship (25-30)
Jesus Call is for ALL – but only those who respond to it are in relationship with Him.

The Messiah’s Ministry: Sends Out Disciples

The Messiah’s Ministry: Sends Out Disciples
Matthew 10:26-39
Consider a Heads Up Display, found in a fighter jet or a car – it gives you information you need as you are going
What Do You Need To Remember On Your Journey Of Faith?
* Don’t Be Afraid (verses 26-33)
* Difficulties Are Ahead (verses 34-39)

The idea “God is my co-pilot”, a title of a book from 1943, has the concept backwards. We’re not supposed to be driving or navigating; we’re supposed to be asking the Pilot “how can I help YOU?”


Pastor Ed Backell

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