A New Kingdom
Theme of the Week: Finding Your Purpose
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: "Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit." (Matthew 28:19)
Dig Deeper: Luke 9:1-6
[The Great Commision in today's Key Bible Verse] was revolutionary in its vision. It involved going into all the world to establish and build a different kind of world order—one that Jesus often called the kingdom of God. It was a clarion call to follow him by joining him in his mission to reconcile humankind to God's purposes. At its essence it was a call to action to join God in his intent to form a new kind of kingdom that would become a blessing to all nations—one based not on land, politics, power, and dominion but on God's truth, love, forgiveness, and compassion. It was not a call to give up on the world. It was a call to go into the world to reclaim, reform, and restore it for Christ. It was a call to launch a revolution that involved nothing short of the overthrow of the prevailing world system. And before Jesus left, he commissioned his church to lead this revolution.
It is not an overstatement to say that the sole reason the church exists at all is to carry out this assignment; for once it is completed, the church will be dissolved into God's eternal kingdom.
—Richard Stearns in Unfinished
My Response: What are some ways the kingdom of God can be a "blessing to all nations"?
Thought to Apply: The kingdom of heaven is worth infinitely more than the cost of discipleship, and those who know where the treasure lies joyfully abandon everything else to secure it.—D. A. Carson (theologian, professor)
Adapted from Unfinished by Richard Stearns (Thomas Nelson, 2014) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Sovereign King of the universe, captivate me with such a powerful vision of the hope of the gospel that I cannot help but share it.
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