Preview of Coming Attractions

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!

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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