Connecting 2: One Kingdom

This 6-week series is centered on clearly understanding and seeing the Kingdom coming in Christ, and the restoration He brings. Identity is restored and new when people are connected to life in Jesus. The Gospel of forgiveness and welcome into the Kingdom is our motivation and mission. The Kingdom is clearly visible in restored relationships as we live and forgive together as a church. The Kingdom comes among us as we follow our marching orders, spreading the Gospel as we connect with our community. And we look forward to Jesus return, when He will usher in the Kingdom, finally, and all will be restored.    

One Kingdom, part 6: Restored
3/15/20
Pastor Jeff Meyer

Focus:  Zaccheus was ostracized, excluded, and condemned by his own people in his own town. This head tax collector for the Roman government was lost in his wealth.  Jesus, in seeking to spend time at Zaccheus’ home, faces some of the same criticism. But as the Kingdom of God comes, this lost son of Abraham is Restored, half of all his wealth is given to the poor to Restore them, and anything he gained by defrauding anyone is Restored times four.  

Main Text: Luke 17:20-37

 

One Kingdom, part 4: Betrayed
3/1/20
Pastor Jeff Meyer

Focus:  Imagine a group of close-knit “brothers” in a dangerous, hostile world. If one of them falls to temptation, he becomes a baited trap (skándalon) to his brothers, an enemy on the inside, a danger to the others and to himself. Therefore, the failure of one is a betrayal of all.  As a response to betrayal, Jesus gives a simple but difficult and rarely followed pair of instructions: rebuke and forgive. People are more inclined to stifle or gossip and tolerate or distance.  

Main Text: Luke 17:1-10

 

One Kingdom, part 3: Eternal Value
2/23/20
Pastor Jeff Meyer

Focus:  This world and our lives on this Earth will come to an end, some day.  All the wealth we strive to build up and hold on to is, at some level, meaningless.  If you knew God was going to take care of you now and eternally, and that you could be making investments with Eternal Value, what might you do?

Main Text: Luke 16:1-13

 

One Kingdom, part 2: Missing
2/16/20
Pastor Matt Wipperman

Focus:  What do you do when something really important is lost, what about someone? Today we see God’s singular focus, diligent seeking, and constant looking for the one who is missing. We see His joy and a huge party whenever the lost is found.  We clearly see the Kingdom as the missing is restored.

Main Text: Luke 15

 

One Kingdom, part 1: In Power
2/9/20
Pastor Jeff Meyer

Focus:  God made us to exercise power as his “subcreators,” beautifying and ordering the world that he made, “cultivating the garden.” But we use our power for such terrible things, we take advantage of some, and are made victims by others.The kingdom of God includes the reorientation of all power back to the God from whom it springs. Amazingly, God still wants to share power with His people, and exercise His power through them as they serve Him.  

Main Text: Luke 10:1-24