Experiencing life in the Kingdom of God requires having faith like a child and looking to our Heavenly Father who gives good gifts to His children to empower us for His Kingdom Mission.
Nicodemus wonders how Jesus can do the things he does. Jesus tells Nicodemus that to understand and experience it for himself he must be born into the Kingdom of God as a new-born spiritual baby. Only then will he have the opportunity to grow in spiritual sight, hearing and understanding, in order to do what Jesus is doing as a man fully alive in the Spirit. The same exciting opportunity exists for us.
For many, Jesus’ supernatural ministry on earth is only a signpost to his identity as the Son of God. But what if there’s more to it than that? And if so, how would that impact our ability to be Kingdom People?
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We are Kingdom People – disciples making disciples. An introduction to our new series, starting next week.
Have we forgotten just how good the Good News is? As God’s children, we have a living hope and a wonderful inheritance, one that is breaking into our reality even now!
1 Peter 1:3-9
The human race was caught up in the devil’s scheme to destroy the Son of God. All seemed lost. But God had a wonderful surprise, a bigger plan to bring good out of evil – new creation through Jesus Christ, which we can enter by water and the Holy Spirit. Alleluia!
Jesus is at the door. He wants to come in and clear the rubbish from our lives. He works in unexpected ways. He alone can give life. Let Him in.
In the midst of the darkness of our world and the darkness of our lives, it can be tempting to ask, ‘Why?’, or ‘Where is God in all of this?’ Jesus asks a different question, and he shows us that not only does God know about our suffering and pain, he cares and ultimately he’s still in control.
Sometimes we struggle to see what’s right before our eyes. Christ came as the light of the world, to shine into our darkness and bring us into the freedom of seeing as He sees and experiencing life as it was always meant to be.
Gentleness is the exercising of God’s strength in our lives under His loving control. In worship, we willingly offer ourselves as living sacrifices and so ‘self’ is controlled by love, rather than by self-effort. This is life in all its fullness.
Like Abraham, we are called to a life of faith-filled faithfulness as we respond to God’s promises and allow his Holy Spirit to work in us, so that we too can become a blessing to the world.
Goodness gets a bad name. It isn’t being ‘Little Goody Two-Shoes’ or a rigid condescending rule-keeper. Goodness sees good in the worst of people and embraces it, despite the cost. God is good and through Jesus Christ, we can be too.
Romans 6:1-14 & Mark 8:27-38