How the Kingdom Comes

Do you know what’s really special about us here at CSBC?          NOTHING! ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!  If you are looking for a perfect church then you are going to be very disappointed with us.  At CSBC you’ll find real people, with real problems, who live real lives, and are all learning to love a real God whose grace is more than enough for all our needs.      You see, here at CSBC we don’t need to cling to our own “special-ness” or “goodness” because of the cross of Jesus Christ.  At His cross we find that we are really not so “good” after all.  In fact, we discover that we are unquestionably guilty and yet can be unconditionally forgiven.      At Jesus’ cross we learn that He does not want to condemn us in our sins but to save us from them.  At the cross we find that God receives us just where we are but He loves us enough not to leave us there.  God can and will change lives.  He is changing us and can change you as well.      So here at CSBC there are only people.  People like me.  People like you.  People like us.  People who desperately need God’s grace.  Everyone is welcome to come and receive that grace.  We invite you to join us on this life-changing journey.    Welcome Home to Chestnut Street Baptist Church!

June 29, 2014

 Matthew 13:24-43; Mark 4:26-29

Glimpses of the Kingdom

 How the Kingdom Comes


How did God speak to you through this week’s Scripture / sermon? What are you going to do in response to what you heard?

Matthew 13:24-30,36-43 – The Parable of the Weeds

The owner’s servants offer to pull the weeds but the owner says “no weeding allowed.” In what ways do we try to “weed” the world today? What makes it so difficult for us to leave the weeding/judgment to the Lord?

What is the difference between evangelizing and Christianizing the world? What is the difference between moralizing the unconverted and converting the immoral? According to this parable, what is our responsibility? What has been the consequence of our misguided efforts?

How does the parable of the weeds help you understand God’s patience and His plan for ultimately dealing with evil (cf. 2 Peter 3:8-9)?


Mark 4:26-29 – Parable of the Seed Growth

In our age of method, strategy, and programs, how should the mysterious growth of the kingdom seed humble us? Practically, what does it look like for you and I to participate in the growth of seed today (cf. 1 Corinthians 3:6-7)?


Matthew 13:31-33 – Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Leaven

How do these parables shock a world of “mega everything”? In what ways have we succumbed to the idea that bigger means better?  If size equal success, then we will be tempted to attract large numbers of “church consumers” rather than nurture the hidden and unspectacular growth of the kingdom. How are these two types of ministry different? Only when the leaven was “mixed” or “hidden” in the dough (Matthew 13:33) was the batch transformed. How should the “inside-out” transformation of the dough inform our ministry today?

Who are some people in your past who have contributed to the kingdom in seemly small ways that grew to be disproportionally large? What are some small or hidden ways that you might contribute to the growth of His kingdom seed this week?




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