Matthew 4: 17, 23-25
James M. Moody
READING FOR WORSHIP GUIDE: Matthew 4: 17, 23-25
|Sunday||1/1||Proverbs Ch. 1; Matthew 4: 17-25|
|Monday||1/2||Proverbs Ch. 2; Matthew 4: 1-17|
|Tuesday||1/3||Proverbs Ch. 3; Matthew 3: 1-16|
|Wednesday||1/4||Proverbs Ch. 4; Romans 10: 1-21|
|Thursday||1/5||Proverbs Ch. 5; II Timothy 3: 1-17|
|Friday||1/6||Proverbs Ch. 6; Exodus 4: 1-14|
|Saturday||1/7||Proverbs Ch. 7|
We Write the Narrative – By ALIGNING UNDER GOD’S KINGDOM AGENDA – VALUES
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)
I-94 & I-57
One can travel one lane over from the correct lane and when the separation of the two highways occurs the wrong direction is taken for the journey. But, when in correct lane when the separation happens the correct direction is taken for the journey.
This idea applies to our church, personal life, profession, marriage, and family. We can be aligned in some areas of our lives and in the church while not being aligned in other areas of our lives or in the operation of the church. Over the next three Sundays we will align ourselves with the God’s kingdom program, making sure we are in the correct lane for the journey God has us on. Every Sunday morning we gather for worship, we need to make sure we review God’s kingdom plan and recalibrate our direction to insure we are following God’s path for the church and our individual lives.
WHAT IS A KINGDOM? (Myles Munroe)
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.
Nation of people ruled by a king.
A community of people with a distinct culture.
So when you say you follow Jesus you have no rights.
In a democracy you never worship the leaders.
Only in kingdom is the word lord used.
Lord = adonai in Hebrew; owner or master.
When we say Jesus is my Lord we mean Jesus is my owner.
It is not a religious word but a political word.
Romans 10: 9 – 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. .
Your body is not yours.
You are not your own.
For 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”.
BIBLICAL DIRECTION – GOD LOVES ME!
II Timothy 3:16 – 17 reminds us that, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correction and training in righteousness, so that the person of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” What better way to live our lives and to operate a church than under the guidance of Scripture?
2 Timothy 3:16-17The Message (MSG) Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.
GOD LOVES ME and wants us to walk in freedom and uses His Word as it is brought to our memory by Holy Spirit to provide that freedom.
Use illustration of my mother explaining freedom to me in parenting Quinci and Jim.
At the schools she was sent to recover she always required fences to be put around the school because she said the children needed their freedom.
She explained how the fences offered freedom because they established the boundaries in which the children were protected from venturing into unsafe conditions and that the were protected from possible dangers that would enter into their space.
Everybody already has the abundant life Christ promised.
Use the illustration of the new laptop having so much more than I was accustomed to: Cortana voice activated control, all-day battery life; touch screen control.
I got the most when I went through the instructional tutorial. It’s the same with life.
God desires that we be transformed by the renewing of our mind.
An open mind to God and a teachable spirit that is ready to receive are what we bring to the table.
God has given us an instructional tutorial for us to glorify Him by getting the most out of the lives He gave us as He designed it to be.
GOD’S SUPERNATURAL BLESSING
At Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, we have chosen to have God Almighty guide us in our daily operations through his Holy Word. Each meeting of every group in the church is started with prayer, Scripture, and a brief homily that explains the passage previously read.
Exodus 4: 2-4 – 2 Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” “A staff,” he replied. 3 The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.” Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it.4 Then the Lord said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand.
Take the snake by the tail. (Joseph Prince)
Moses never realized there was a “snake” in his rod.
You see, because of the fall of man, there is a touch of the curse – a snake – in every natural thing, including your career, natural strength, talents and ministry.
Dealing with the ‘snake’ that is in all the natural things in your life?
First, cast it to the Lord. Then, do what the Lord told Moses next: “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail” (Exodus 4: 4)
When you take it by the tail, God will take the head!
He wants you to let Him handle the head, and not grab it or hold on to it tightly in fear or self-effort.
That is how you see your career, strengths, talents and ministry supernaturally blessed.
Give what is natural to the Lord and he will make it supernaturally blessed.