07 Aug The Kingdom
I was listening to a guy speak a couple of months ago and he asked this question ‘What did Jesus talk about more than anything else?’
I was thinking ‘Hmm, I wonder what that could be: maybe Love, Faith or Salvation?’
But I was wrong. Jesus spoke more about THE KINGDOM than anything other subject. In fact one of the first things Jesus said when he started his ministry was this:
So what did Jesus mean by this statement? Let’s take a look.
Firstly Repent just means to change or turnaround from what you are doing wrong.
Secondly, what is a kingdom? A kingdom is a country, state, or territory ruled by a king or queen. The KINGDOM OF GOD or HEAVEN then (they mean the same thing) is ruled by the KING OF KINGS, Jesus. THIS KINGDOM Jesus is referring to, is one where the spiritual reign or authority of God is present. In the KINGDOM OF GOD, there is no sickness, disease, war, or being hurt: there is no evil whatsoever. WOW. But that makes sense because it’s THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, where perfection is. So how do we see THE KINGDOM OF GOD come to earth? Pray, believe and do everything you can to put God first in your life, because where He is reigning-the KINGDOM COMES.
It’s such a huge subject so I wanted to look at a few more verses about the KINGDOM.
When I was at school I wasn’t a Christian and I remember going to the Christian Union, not because I was interested in God but purely to make fun of them. However I recall them singing this song called ‘Seek Ye First The Kingdom of God’ which really impacted me even though I didn’t understand what it meant. Years later I sang that same song at a Christian Conference after I had given my life to Jesus. So be encouraged-you never know how God is touching your friend’s hearts.
To seek the kingdom first means to put the KINGDOM OF GOD and all that it stands for, above anything else. If you do that God will make sure you have everything else that you need.
Jesus said the KINGDOM OF GOD is like a mustard seed. It starts small but grows big. When you begin to put the KINGDOM first in your life, it may start with something small but let it grow and it could develop into something huge! The KINGDOM OF GOD is within you because Christ by His spirit lives in you. You could be a Mountain Mover, a Planet Shaker! When it grows you become a person with KINGDOM CLOUT-seeing miracles happen.
There’s a lot of things all across the world being shaken at the moment because of the pandemic, but did you know that the KINGDOM OF GOD cannot be shaken. But recognise that to be great in THE KINGDOM, starts with worship and serving others. Greatness in God’s Kingdom also starts with humility.
Recently Elevation Youth posted a series of fun clips on Kingdom Clout.
What is clout? Clout is influence or power and God wants you to be equipped with the Clout of the Kingdom because that has real power that helps others.
Clout, power or influence shouldn’t be used for our own personal fame or gain.
Here’s a great song from Rend Collective about praying for the KINGDOM to come in us.
Right then, our Team Talk presenter this week is…-ME!
FRIDAY NIGHT YOUTH ONLINE-Our next Zoom meeting (Years 7 to Year 13) will be August 14th at 7:30 pm. If you need more details regarding the Zoom invite contact the church office-hope to see you there!
We are planning to put a montage of clips of Youth online and Youth Challenges to show in a Sunday morning service.
RELENTLESS- (Sixth form age and young adults) continues to meet every other Thursday-next meeting is August 20th.
Here’s another fun clip from Hillsong Youth-I posted Episode 3 on the Blog last week-so here’s Episode 4 of Believe Iosefa!
Have a great week everyone-keep enjoying your summer holidays!
Claire and the VCC Youth Team