We Write the Narrative – By Aligning Under God’s Kingdom Agenda – Values

Bible Verse:
Matthew 4: 17, 23-25

James M. Moody

Date Preached:

~ We Write the Narrative ~

By Aligning Under God’s Kingdom Agenda – Values

READING FOR WORSHIP GUIDE: Matthew 4: 17, 23-25

Sunday 1/8 Proverbs Ch. 8; Matthew 4: 17-25
Monday 1/9 Proverbs Ch. 9; John 4: 1-30
Tuesday 1/10 Proverbs Ch. 10; Luke 10: 38-42; Malachi 3: 1-18
Wednesday 1/11 Proverbs Ch. 11; II Corinthians 8: 1-24
Thursday 1/12 Proverbs Ch. 12; Malachi 2: 1-17
Friday 1/13 Proverbs Ch. 13; Deuteronomy 14: 22-29;
Saturday 1/14 Proverbs Ch. 14; Leviticus 27: 30-34



Matthew 4: 17, 23-25 17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. 24 News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them. 25 Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis,[g] Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.


TODAY’S QUOTE: the Kingdom of God is “God’s people in God’s place under God’s rule.” (Graeme Goldsworthy)

WHAT IS A KINGDOM? (Myles Munroe)

  1. The governing influence of a king over a territory impacting it with the king’s culture, and practices. In a kingdom you dress like the king, eat what the king eats, speak like the king.
  2. Nation of people ruled by a king.
    1. A community of people with a distinct culture.
    2. So when you say you follow Jesus you have no rights.
  3. In a democracy you never worship the leaders.
    1. Only in kingdom is the word lord used.
    2. Lord = adonai in Hebrew; owner or master.
      1. When we say Jesus is my Lord we mean Jesus is my owner.
      2. It is not a religious word but a political word.
      3. Romans 10: 9 – If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. .
        1. Your body is not yours.
        2. You are not your own.

Over the next three weeks, will examine our individual and collective kingdom assignments through the values, vision, and mission God has given us at Quinn Chapel.


Values are important and lasting beliefs or ideals shared by the members of a culture about what is good or bad and desirable or undesirable. Values serve as broad guidelines in all situations just as physical guidelines assist those who need direction to maintain a course.

Our shared ideals are contained in the “Welcome Message” found on our website and shared in our “New Disciples’ Orientation Manual”.






  1. Spirited Sunday morning worship is capped off by the teaching of the Word from the pulpit designed to provide worshippers the spiritual food required to advance in their spiritual walk as well as “thrive in another week.” Focused, topical studies allow members to engage the Bible in those areas of interests to their individual lives.
    1. John 4: 24 – “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
      1. True worship is fundamentally an experience of the heart, and not a means to anything else. So it’s important to distinguish between what benefits might motivate us to be regular in corporate worship, and what focus our minds and hearts should pursue in the moment. (David Matthis)
      2. Our focus is on our relationship with God and the leading of Holy Spirit.
    2. Luke 10:38-42As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
      1. Come sit at Jesus’ feet!
      2. There are benefits that motivate us to corporate worship:
        1. We need to clear our head, recalibrate our spirit, and jumpstart our heart after the rough and tumble of the week.
        2. The community dynamic. We were not made to stand solo. We are reminded that not only that we are not alone, but we are part of a global community of worshippers called the Church!
        3. There are times when Holy Spirit takes the Scripture read, the prayer spoken, the chorus sung, or the truth preached and presses it right to the point of our need and heals us in that moment.
        4. Our delight in Jesus expands as we magnify him together with others.
  1. Malachi 2: 7 – (God was angry with the priests) “For the lips of a priest ought to preserve knowledge, because he is the messenger of the Lord Almighty and people seek instruction from his mouth.”
    1. Soul Food!
      1. People are looking for instructions on living
      2. The pastor is God’s messenger whose words are to edify, challenge, and encourage.


  1. Good stewardship and financial accountability are maintained by conducting the business of the church in alignment with the Word of God. Members are taught to tithe on the increase God has brought in their lives and fundraising is prohibited so the Body remains focused on the true purpose of the Church, sharing the gospel.
    1. II Corinthians 8: 20-21 – We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift. 21 For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.
      1. The finance committee, comprised of leaders in the congregation handles all offerings received; bill paying, check writing, banking, and record keeping.
      2. A budget is established annually and presented to the congregation for approval and a detailed review of income and expenditures is conducted monthly before the Official Board.
    2. Deuteronomy 14: 23 – Eat the tithe of your grain, new wine and olive oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the presence of the Lord your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name, so that you may learn to revere the Lord your God always.
      1. Tithing is the spiritual practice of giving back to God the first 10% of all that we earn.
        1. The word “tithe” comes from the number “ten” in Hebrew, and means a tenth.
        2. So simply put, for every $10 I earn or receive, the first dollar belongs to the Lord.
      2. The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives.
    3. Malachi 3: 10 – Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. 
      1. The function of tithing is to teach us to trust God with our finances so we can walk in the blessed life God has for us.
      2. The motivation for tithing is to please God through obedience to God’s command to tithe.
      3. The expectation for tithing is that God will take care of me by having the 90% go further than the 100%.
    4. Leviticus 27: 33No one may pick out the good from the bad or make any substitution. If anyone does make a substitution, both the animal and its substitute become holy and cannot be redeemed.
      1. The tithe is holy and belongs to God!
      2. The offering of a perfect animal and not a blemished animal was a way of expressing kingdom commitment.
      3. Presenting the tithe of what God has blessed you with is a way of expressing kingdom commitment today.




  1. We invite you to be a part of the celebration of God’s presence here at Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Together we can experience rebirth that comes from being unified through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

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