Preview of Coming Attractions
May 4, 2014 - The Big Story:
Preview of Coming Attractions, Pastor Adam Kohlstrom
Matthew 6:10; Mark 1:14-15; John 17:23; Revelation 21:2-4
What was a movie trailer that made you say, “I’ve got to see that movie!” or a commercial that convinced you, “I’ve got to have that product!” What about the trailer or the commercial convinced you?
Matthew 6:10. “The church is to be like a [movie] trailer for the New Jerusalem, a taster, with all the best bits on full display… Read the Scriptures and compile a picture of the world to come—justice, love, peace, reconciliation — and then go forth to fashion foretastes of that world” (Michael Frost). Practically, what are some ways our church might “fashion foretastes” of the perfectly renewed world (Revelation 21:2-4; Isaiah 2:4; 9:6-7; 65:17-25)?
The gospel (“good news”) is that “Your God reigns” (Isa. 52:7-10; Rom. 10:14-15; cf. Mark 1:14-15) and His Kingdom advances bringing redemption and renewal as it does. So we sang this morning: Here on earth applying principles of love. Visible expression, God still rules above. (Let Your Heart Be Broken) AND: We will break sin's oppression / Speak out for the poor
Announce the coming of Christ's kingdom from east to west and shore to shore (Cross Every Border, Luke 4:16-21)
How are such actions evidence and announcement of the presence of Christ’s invisible kingdom? Practically, what can you do to make visible Christ’s reign? How is what we sang: Use my hands use my feet / To make your kingdom come (Follow You) a good response to Jesus’ petition: “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Mt. 6:10)? What practical ways will your hands and feet and mouth make His kingdom come?
John 17:21-23. Reflecting on these verses, what do you think theologian Francis Schaffer means when he calls Christian community “The Final Apologetic” (cf. Acts 2:46-47)? How is a transformed community a more convincing proof of the Gospel than a transformed individual?
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