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The Glorious Church

But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also.

Matthew 6:33 (AMP)

This week we are looking at Pastor Brent Martini’s sermon on the Glorious Church. He encouraged us to emerge well from the season of lockdown that we have experienced and we’re going to cover those points.

Firstly, he noted that we need to emerge with a Passion for His Kingdom. Our lives should be kingdom focused. Church was not supposed to be centered around Sunday morning services. They’re important, but the foremost thing on Jesus’ mind was the Kingdom of God.

We also need to emerge with a Fresh Love for the People He Created. Lockdown has pulled us apart from our communities and placed an emphasis on personal safety. We need to emerge from this place loving people unselfishly, and seeking the best for them. It will cost us something to love people, but it is the second greatest commandment God has given us.

It is also vital that we emerge with a Desire to Pursue Holiness. We need to place more emphasis on holiness than relevance. Relevance is important, but it cannot replace holiness. Along with emerging with an Inspirational Faith, this is what makes us salty. Our holiness and faith are what set us apart from the world. We need to focus on the life of Jesus as our faith is in him and his life inspires us so that we can inspire others.

Finally, we need to emerge as a People who are Spiritually Revived. Many of us have become worn out over the last year and a half. We need to take up responsibility for our spiritual lives once again, because God wants to bring our spiritual lives to new heights.

Reflect:

  • How are you going to be more focused on the Kingdom of God?
  • Name one person you could love better who is not a close friend or family member.
  • What does pursuing holiness look like for you?
  • Does your spiritual life need revival? If so, ask your group to pray for you.

Know Your Position

The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

Romans 8:16-17 (NKJV)

This week we are looking at Pastor Drummond Robinson’s sermon on knowing our position. This is a vital principle that will allow us to live victorious lives that have a kingdom impact.

Firstly, we need to know that our thinking determines our position. The Isrealites stood trembling before Goliath and the Philistines for 40 days before David came along. He knew where he stood with God and the authority that he had because of his position and in the end he was the one who claimed victory over the enemy. If we don’t remember who we are and where we are positioned, we’ll fall for anything the enemy throws at us.

We need to understand that God is not far off or even just nearby, but that he is actually living in us and we are living in him. This is our true position. Understanding this will revolutionize how we see ourselves. It shifts our identity, which in turn affects our thoughts, choices, words and actions.

Lastly, we need to shift our thinking from being under attack, to being under the blood of Jesus. We often make the enemy’s work easy by speaking out that we’re under attack over and over. By doing this, we negate the power of the blood. We need to proclaim that we are under the blood of Jesus. Then, when we do face trials, we’ll count it all joy because we know that God is working on our character through it.

Reflect:

  • Are you positioned inside or outside of the house of God?
  • What do you need to do to get in the house?
  • What would it look like if you lived believing that God is in you and you are in God?
  • How can you make sure that you don’t negate the power of the blood by the words you speak?

The mission goes on

He answered and said to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one.

Matthew 13:37-38 (NKJV)

This week we are looking at Marius Gradwell’s sermon on “The Mission Goes On”.

Pastor Marius posed a question to us on Sunday. He asked, “If the Mission did not end with Jesus, the early church, or the believers who lived before you; if the Mission needs to carry on, then where do you see yourself fit into this Mission?”. We as believers need to find out where we are called to fit into the Mission of God. That is, how can we bring Heaven to Earth?

We do this by displaying the love and kindness of God to people in our everyday lives. The book of Acts is filled with everyday, normal people showing love to others. Miracles will come and God will use us in that way, but it always starts by just being good and kind to people, and showing them genuine love. We need to stop underestimating the simple things, because there is power in them.

We are already deployed right where God wants us to be. You might be on your way somewhere, but God wants to use you where you are now. Wherever you go, people will engage with you because of what they see on the outside. Whether that be your job, your abilities or your character. What they will get is the seed within you. In the ordinary ways we interact with people they will receive what we have inside us. We just need to be ready to share it.

Reflect:

  • Where do you see yourself fit into the Mission of God?
  • Who is around you that you can show love and kindness to?
  • What can you do to show love and kindness to them?
  • What will you share with someone who asks you why you are doing these things for them?