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Denis Summarized Luke 13

THE KINGDOM OF GOD

Kingdom Repentance
Kingdom Fruitfulness
Kingdom Compassion & Power
Kingdom Cost
Kingdom separation
Kingdom Scope
Kingdom Intercession

JESUS PREPARING THE LORD’S CHURCH
To do Kingdom Ministry

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Gidday all,

We had a great day Sunday.  it was good to hear from our children’s and youth ministry and all the positive problems we have around their growth. I’ve been writing to you about my reflection on the Lords prayer from Luke chapter three.  Here comes the next instalment.

Jesus said were to pray to our heavenly Father asking, “Let your Kingdom come on earth as it is in Heaven.” Then as I pointed out in last week’s e-news he says in Chapter 12, “The Father has been pleased to give you the Kingdom.” So the Kingdom is something we are to both ask for and recognize we have already received.  This seems to be a contradiction doesn’t it?

When we think about this part of the Lord’s Prayer, “Give us today our daily bread”, we are reminded that in heaven there is no hunger.  I love the way King David puts it in psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want…” So in heaven there is no lack and King David recognized that when we follow God’s leadership and are obedient to his direction there is “no want.”  Yet despite this we are confronted with the situations of “lack” and “want” all around us. How we to respond to them?

You are probably familiar like me of the many stories of despair that emerged from the P.O.W and concentration camps of World War Two. Images of emaciated soldiers and civilians rescued by Allied armies create vivid and lasting images in our minds. Yet we would never have these stories or images of liberation without the many soldiers, sailors and airmen who risked everything.  Over 55 million Allied soldiers served in WW2 with more than 14 million of them killed or injured.  In the dark days of WW2, there had to be some who risked it all to see something better prevail. So what has this got to do with the Lords prayer? As followers- or perhaps it’s better to say as soldiers- of Christ we are called to take the authority and resources given us and then to risk and invest what we have to see the Lord’s “Will be done”.  It’s a good thing to want God’s will to be done,  but I often think we are only willing to see it done if there is a guarantee of no casualties.

Praying the Lords can cause us to sit back waiting for God’s supernaturally intervention. Perhaps it’s easy to have these expectations because of the “Loaves and fishes” stories we have read and heard about. However like little boys giving up their lunch (Luke 9:16) or a soldier risking their life, when the supernatural supply of God meets our surrendered will and resources, the “lack” in our world is confronted by those willing to see the Kingdom “come” despite the casualties.

As you pray the Lord’s prayer can I encourage you to look at areas of “lack” and  have the confidence to pray, “Father where do you want to use my time, talent and money to be your means of supply to this needy world?  I want others to have stories of rescue in the future because I said yes to you today.”

Have a great week,

Dave.

 

Chapter 12 is closely joined to the context of the preceding chapter and the “woes” Jesus pronounces on the Pharisees and Scribes. I can almost see them slinking away from the crowd after Jesus strong words at the end of chapter 11. Then with the crowd pressing in on him and his disciples he turns to the later and says. ‘Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees which is Hypocrisy.” Jesus then uses some very confronting words as he describes the effects of Hypocrisy. What does it mean to be a hypocritical, where does it come from and what did Jesus say resulted from it?

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Hi everyone,

This week we are upto Luke 12 as a church.  The Kingdom is a big theme as Luke writes the biography of Jesus’ life.  In 12:32, speaking to his disciples Jesus says, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the Kingdom.”

In chapter 11 Jesus tells us to pray for God’s “Kingdom to come” and in this next chapter he says our heavenly Father has been pleased to “give it.”  So have we received the Kingdom (past tense), or are we too receive it (Future tense)?  The answer is “both.”

In Matthew 16 Jesus tells his disciples that they have been given the “keys to the Kingdom”.  Lets say we’re standing in a group talking and you tell the group that you need some help moving some furniture. I might say, “I’ve got a trailer and my car that you could borrow.”  You might hesitate at such an offer, “I couldn’t do that Dave.”  And there could be a whole lot of reasons why you may feel unsure.

  • You don’t know how to drive.
  • You haven’t driven a 4 wheel drive before.
  • You don’t feel comfortable driving a big car
  • You’ve never towed a trailer
  • You don’t want me to feel obliged to help
  • You like to find your own solutions to problems
  • You’re not sure if you’d be insured to drive my car
  • You’re concerned as to my response if you crashed it!

While you can choose not to take the car the keys have been offered to you, I’ve given you permission and its your choice whether you take up the offer or not. Jesus says we have the authority to get into the Kingdom Car.  Our heavenly Fathers Kingdom car will take us places and allow us to do things that we can’t on our own.

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Bec challenged us today. Are we real or fake or do we do both? She unpacked Luke 11:37-44

6 challenges

  1. Be in the world but do not be of the world
  2. Cleanse our hearts
  3. Care for the poor
  4. Care about justive, live the love of God
  5. Don’t be prideful be humble
  6. Affect people but do not infect them

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This week we are up to Luke 11.  How are you going reading through it.  Remember you can listen to the previous weeks sermon online.

I had a great time with my triplet Monday night with it.  Chapter 11 contains Luke’s version of the Lord’s prayer.  It struck me afresh that this is the only time recorded in the Gospels of the disciples asking Jesus to teach them something.  That’s significant.

So I thought I’d offer you up a reflection each week on a different stanza of the prayer, hoping that it might help you in your prayer times where you connect to God.

We all probably struggle at different times in our lives to pray.  When the elders and I recently interviewed people who lead ministries in our church it was a consistent theme that people expressed to us.  So before i get into first stanza of the Lord’s prayer, can i offer you a couple of tips I’ve found helpful with my prayer.

Find “your place”,  the place you go when you pray.  it might be your study, a bench in the garden, the lounge, a certain spot of the side of the road on the way to work, a park-  but to have a place you know is the place you go to stop and connect to God is something many people have found helpful.

Now for the Lord’s prayer.

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I am trying to get back into training for the summer seasons of open water swims. I am not sure how many I’ll do this year depending on what’s happening with the construction of our house, but it’s good to get fit regardless.

When I got back into the pool a few weeks ago, I could barely do a few laps before my heart was racing and I needed a breather. I was amazed at how much I had “lost.” I still had the technique but my body struggled. Now after a few weeks of regular swims, I am able to swim longer without feeling that my heart is about to jump through my chest!

I was reminded of this as I was reading through Hebrews. The writer of Hebrews is trying to encourage a group of Jewish Christians, who because of persecution are being tempted to go back to Judaism. Using the familiar story of the Israelites as they left slavery in Egypt and sought to enter the promised land, he urges them to enter into the promised “rest” of God; not letting the temporal circumstances of life to move them to a place of where by focusing on those temporal issues, they become unfit, unbelieving and disobedient to God.

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