Eternity, Part 2
Pastor Corey Willis, November 6, 2016
Notes From This Sermon
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”
– John 3:3
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
– Matthew 6:33
- THE TOPIC OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS IMPORTANT
- THE 4 GOSPELS RECORD 2 INSTANCES OF “CHURCH”
- THE 4 GOSPELS RECORD 103 INSTANCES OF “KINGDOM”
- JESUS TAUGHT FOR 40 DAYS ABOUT THE KINGDOM
He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
– Acts 1:7-8
WHAT IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND WHERE IS IT?
Basileia – royal power, kingship, dominion, rule
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore.
– Isaiah 9:6-7
…your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
– Matthew 6:10
Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.”
– Luke 17:20-21
- THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN YOU
- THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS MOTIVATED BY LOVE
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
-1 John 4:8-9,19-21
- NOT ANGER, NOT GLORY, BUT LOVE
3. THE KINGDOM OF GOD HAS ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
– Matthew 16:13-19
He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’
– John 14:6
- KINGDOM AUTHORITY IS CARRIED BY THE CHURCH
- KINGDOM AUTHORITY IN YOU SHOULD BE NURTURED
IF YOU HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST AS YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR, THEN YOU CARRY WITHIN YOU THE SEED OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD, WITH THE FULL POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND AUTHORITY OF JESUS CHRIST, TO DEMONSTRATE THE LOVE OF THE FATHER TO THE WORLD AROUND YOU!
Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
– Matthew 24:14