All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Kingdom’

What Are You Living For? (Colossians 4)

Colossians 4 (ESV) 4 Masters, treat your bondservants justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven. 2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am …

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The Church in the Here and Now

It is often very difficult to live in the here and now within the Church because the cares of the Kingdom of this age often intrude upon the Kingdom of the Age to Come.  In this lesson we explore the ways the Lord would challenge us to give love and priority to our Pastor to the people and to the …

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The Business of the Church

The business of the Church is discussed.   What exactly has Christ called Her to:  preaching, the Sacraments, and the Lord’s Supper.  What is the difference between the Kingdom and the Church.

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Revealed to Little Children (Matt 11:25-30)

Matthew 11:25-30 25 At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; 26 yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the …

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Why Plant Churches? – Tim Keller

The Session of Hope of Christ recently listened to this lecture given by Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York.  It does an excellent job of explaining the reason why planting Churches is not a hindrance but a great help to the vitality of the Kingdom in a given city or region. The location of the post …

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The Circumcision of Christ (Col 2)

Colossians 2 2 For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which …

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Helplessness: The Key to Effective Praying

Christ taught in the Sermon on the mount:  Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs in the Kingdom of God.  This is not a status we “outgrow” as we mature but something we become more aware of as we grow in grace.  Christ is our justification and our life for our Christian walk and this reminds us that we …

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Core Values: 5. Missional Training and Multiplication

Jesus began a movement of the Kingdom of God that changed Jerusalem, Palestine, and eventually the world. He did this by intentional leadership training and discipleship of those who would train and disciple others. We have no delusions of grandeur. It will take a movement, driven by the Holy Spirit, to change even the Stafford area. We will train up …

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Persevering Faith (12:1-13:25)

Following the Forerunner (Heb 12:1-17) Running the race (Heb 12:1-3) Undergoing discipline (Heb 12:4:13) Pursuing holiness (Heb 12:14-17) In the Kingdom (Heb 12:18-29) Revelation at Sinai (Heb 12:18-21) Revelation o Mount Zion (Heb 12:22-24) Admonition and Encouragement (Heb 12:25-29) Serving the King at Home (Heb 13:1-6) The King Serving the King Serving the King in the Church (Heb 13:7-25) The …

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The Sermon on the Mount

Matthew 5:1-13 1 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 5 “Blessed are …

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