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Autumn Thoughts: Rejoice The Lord Is King

Rejoice The Lord Is King

1Cor. 15:27-34

We should never preach or pray as though Christ is not already risen, but to gain a sense of God’s drama, we also need a healthy sense of incredulity, wonder, and mystery, not in addition to, but as a vital organ of, a living faith.”

…the preacher of [Scripture] will do well to preaching accordingly: never as judge but seeing to it that the Word of the Lord is clearly and plainly stated, that the Word itself will do its work.” – Timothy Matthew Slemmons, Year D author

This last sermon in Year D is a summation of all the previous texts, especially the last month or so as we’ve looked at Jesus’ road to the Cross. As we enter a new Christian year starting with Advent next week, we can view today’s emphasis on Christ as King as a fitting transition. We move from considering the work of Jesus as He prepared for the end of His ministry on Earth, to contemplating God’s preparation for the coming of His Messiah during the season of Advent and then Christmas.

Called By The King? Join In

* A King’s Work ~ 1Cor. 15:27-28

  • setup: Jesus IS Risen! Everything we believe and teach hangs on this (v14); Resurrected for Rule (v24-25)
  • 27 since the Father set up this plan, the Father is not under the Son
  • 28 In Obedience, the Son is subject to the Father; ARE WE?

* A Worker’s Concern ~ 1Cor. 15:29-31

  • 29 Paul isn’t saying this is right; he’s underlining the belief in the Resurrection
  • 30 why work so hard to share the Gospel if you don’t believe it?
  • 31 Paul put himself in harm’s way to share Christ; ARE WE?

* A Willing Character ~ 1Cor. 15:32-34

  • 32 if Christ isn’t Lord, what’s the point of life?
  • 33 “bad company” = be careful to who or what you listen; what you choose to listen to SHAPES your character
  • 34 literally, WAKE UP TO RIGHTEOUSNESS; “your shame” = the whole group. This congregation wasn’t teaching their people the TRUTH that Jesus is King: both Lord and God; ARE WE?

Jesus is given authority (King); Jesus is a fulfillment of God’s promise (Messiah); Jesus is set apart for a mission (Christ) ARE WE?

Christ Is Our King

Christ Is Our King Sermon Audio Here

Ephesians 1:15-23

It’s Christ the King Sunday, the newest day in the liturgical year. It was first added in 1925 in response to increasing secularization movements worldwide, but in particular to the plight of Mexican Christians who were being told by their government that only their government was due ultimate allegiance. The Church in Mexico remained faithful, holding public parades throughout the land (with significant governmental pushback!) proclaiming “Cristo Rey!,” “Christ is King!” {gratefully borrowed from the Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church}

The Benefits Of Belonging In The Kingdom:

To Know The Father, We Know Christ ~ Ephesians 1:15-19a

  • 15 this reason=they have guaranteed salvation
  • 16 if we fully knew what Christ has done for us, we’d be overcome with thankfulness
  • 17 spirit=NOT H.S., but “breath/inspiration” to know the FATHER better
  • 18/19 we MAY know called hope, rich inheritance, & great power

To See The Kingdom, We Show Christ ~ Ephesians 1:19b-23

  • 20 God put Jesus in the highest position
  • 21 Christ surpasses comparison of power and authority
  • 22 Christ rules over ALL; Head of the Church
  • 23 a head can’t function without a body; a body can’t function without a head

We are Christ’s local presence: if the world would see Jesus, they’ll see Him (or not) THROUGH US.


Pastor Ed Backell

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