"Here's the church and here's the steeple, open the doors and there's..." The awful truth of her own actions struck her. Not only are changes an integral part of the building project, there are also other challenges that come with such a project. • God said to Noah: “Build yourself an ark of gopherwood.” (v.14). God had given two men who were particularly skilled in all kinds of building - Bezalel and Oholiab. Are they building their own kingdom? Therefore, we are under divine obligation to extend grace to one another. There we read, “I also told them about the gracious hand of my God upon me and what the king had said to me. SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: 2 Samuel 5:1-5 Matthew 12:22-26 Colossians 1:9-12 . I have heard comments or heard about comments made in regard to the project. From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the … God Is Building God's Kingdom. Jesus Christ preached the gospel of the Kingdom of God, making an announcement of God's government being established on earth as well as the opportunity for Spirit-begotten Christians to be born into that divine Family upon their resurrection from the dead. Disunity comes when we disparage other people and break fellowship with them because we disagree with them. But, as we build, we need to remember that the church is not the building, the church is the congregation. After three meetings, the church told Paul to pray and fast for a whole day, and they would trust whatever decision he reached. OUR RESPONSIBILITY FOR LIVING IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD . Scripture: Exodus 4:18-21. "Let's make our churches," she said. For others, it will be helping with various physical aspects of the building - skills they bring, strength to help clean up, and various other such helps. It is supremely costly and extraordinarily dangerous. I am excited about it and looking forward to all the great changes that will take place. Scripture often... C. Thanksgiving. And when I look over the ... Or are we building a kingdom for God? We help build the kingdom of God by living righteously. ... Jesus has a kingdom. By leaving everything in His hands, we have witnessed His works of miracles in return. James W. Cox and Kenneth M. Cox (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1988), 288-89. But how? But not all of this is pleasant. All of us will also have opportunity to contribute financially. Do we see the building of this addition as God directed and a part of building His kingdom or do we see it as an expression of self indulgence? If God had created only cats, what a boring world we would live in. By Frank L. Hoffman, Pastor . Ezra and Nehemiah describe the re-building of the temple and the walls of Jerusalem. Why? More Anoiting Sir. We will have a prayer, a song and then, we will dismiss the service outside where we will have a prayer and a ground breaking to invite God to help us do it with His help. We will see God in this when we offer to Him, to the project and to one another the gifts, abilities and resources he has given us. In Ezra 7:10 we read that “Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the Lord, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel.” In Nehemiah 5:9 we read that Nehemiah challenged the people, “Shouldn’t you walk in the fear of our God…” Later, in Nehemiah 8, we discover that the law was read and sin was confessed. I believe that we need to see that the very purpose for our existence as a church is the building of the kingdom of God and the work we are doing is at all times a building of the kingdom of God. We have prayed about this, sought God’s leading, explored and thought things through. The Kingdom of God, says Zechariah, is a public park where the streets are safe for children. It was the prayer of Jesus in John 17:23 that all of his disciples be one. Some enemies offered to help, but their true intent was to prevent. Elder Dale E. Miller explained: “Brothers and sisters, thrusting in our sickles to help build the Lord’s kingdom should be the prime focus of our lives. The Sermon is the compendium, the substance, of the Jesus’ Kingdom teachings. In retrospect, had we not been faced with the problems of financing, permits, design, construction, disagreements, throughout the process of building, and had everything worked just so smoothly without any challenges, would we then have experienced God's presence and guidance? Unity is maintained with these two things - openness and trust. As the class time came to a close, she began to relax. Each person joined in the building project and did their part. If the church is Christ's body, it ought to resemble him in its compassion, its love and sympathy, its holiness.”. There was no opportunity to caution them, so she proceeded as carefully as possible. In reading Nehemiah 3, I discovered something very interesting. We will also see God in the midst of this project as we do it in God’s way. We will not agree about everything and we will become frustrated. Since disagreement is not disunity, when does disunity come up. First of all, it is necessary to realize that just because we disagree about something that that is not disunity. “The steps of faith, and the risk that it took for the congregation to go ahead with finding a building, changed the atmosphere to one of confidence,” says Paul. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus begins to lay out the ethical and spiritual distinctives of the Kingdom. The building committee and the trustees have been given responsibilities to look after these things. This sermon compares the building of the city of Babel in Genesis 11 with the building of the Kingdom of God as described in Acts 1-2 to demonstrate the requirements of building God’s kingdom. Look at the Book. In verse 1 we read that Eliashib the high priest was involved in the building. We Can Do It In God’s Way A. Shovel work and prayer of dedication outside. | MP3 | RSS: In the process of building the church, God has also built us from within, transforming our characters. Jakes - You're The Man (December-27-2020), T.D. If they have not thought about it, we have helped the process, if they have thought about it, then we need to trust that they have balanced that perspective with all other perspectives and made a wise decision. When you … A SERMON ORIGINALLY DELIVERED AT THE HIGH HILL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH . Last Sunday at Jonathan’s graduation, the title of the speaker’s message was, “Where in a university is God?” It was a good question and well addressed. They’re building a child care centre next door to us at the moment – it’s a big house. Sermon: "Called to be Kingdom Builders" ... and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. The phrase ‘Kingdom of God’ (also ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ or ‘Kingdom of Light’) appears more than 80 times in the New Testament. I believe God has called each of His people to be Kingdom Builders in their generation. A second quality which will help us do the building in God’s way is to have patience. This package can be used as-is or edited to fit your needs. As a congregation, we are always involved in the work of building the kingdom of God, quite apart from our building. Jesus’ proclamation of the Kingdom, that God had come to restore His Kingdom rule and reign was like a sledge hammer swung at the face of Satan, who had, from the time of the fall, set up a counterfeit kingdom, with humankind as its subject. ... would turn the tragedy into a triumph by shaking the affections of people loose from the world and putting them on the kingdom of God. Whatever your tastes in architecture for the building, spiritually the church should look like a church. It was indeed an encouraging experience. ... We want to join together with pastors and Christian workers to equip the church in China, broadcasting translated sermons, providing ministry resources for Christians and pastors in China. Both of the projects were written about as doing God’s work. These kinds of approaches to Ezra-Nehemiah - and really the whole Bible - have to be so frustrating to God. Ezra tells of the rebuilding of the temple, Nehemiah tells of the rebuilding of the walls around Jerusalem, but both of these books also tell of the spiritual renewal that took place among the people. Ezra-Nehemiah: Building for God's Kingdom When It Seems Futile. In Exodus 35:21 we read, “everyone who was willing and whose heart moved him came and brought an offering… Then in Exodus 35:26 it says, “all the women who were willing and had the skill spun goat hair…”, The amazing thing that happened on that occasion was that they were so willing that they had to stop them from bringing more. Building the Kingdom of God from R.C. Sometimes when we have a concern, the temptation we face is to complain and mutter about the concern to other people who are not involved in the decision. “One member told me ‘Because we have faith, we can do it – because it’s impossible for us to do it, we will do it with the Lord’s help.’ ” MB Herald January 2000. Reading in Ezra and Nehemiah, this theme of thanksgiving pervades the entire building project. Now, this book, as we well know – and I’ll take a minute or two to review. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus begins to lay out the ethical and spiritual distinctives of the Kingdom. Have students tell what they think the kingdom of God is. IV. Whenever you hand out a tract, support missions, support a local Christian radio station, start a website, become involved in ministry, etc., you are building the Kingdom of God. All Rights Reserved. Let us keep coming to the services we have even if they are in a different location. Let us keep on ministering to one another. It is interesting that in both Ezra and Nehemiah, the building project was only part of the story that was being told. I would like to ask, “where in our building project is God?” This morning, with all of these thoughts in the back of our minds, I would like to engage in a little Biblical thinking that I hope will help us understand how God is in the midst of our building project. The Sermon is the compendium, the substance, of the Jesus’ Kingdom teachings. AND . I want to invite us to offer what we have. Rev. Your messages are blessing to my soul The very thing she had feared that the children would do, she had done. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. In verse 5 we read about the work of the men of Tecoa, and also read that “their nobles would not put their shoulders to the work under their supervisors.”, Much earlier in the history of the people of Israel, during the time of the exodus from Egypt, they were building the tent of meeting. Download this sermon with PRO He was called- out of generations of men/women that come/go through history, to build God’s Kingdom. Message: After The Fire Goes Out. Sproul Our readiness to perform our task becomes critical when we realize the world also has a mission—to capture and assimilate the church. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Is the Jesus reflected in what we do? Bill Hybels said, “The mark of community--true biblical unity--is not the absence of conflict but the presence of a reconciling spirit.”, I read this story, “During Vacation Bible School last week my wife had an experience with her primary class that she says she will never forget. BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS Lesson 1: 2 Samuel 7:1--14a (C) UPCOMING WEEKS In addition to the lectionary resources there are thousands of non-lectionary, scripture based resources... Signup for FREE! Let us keep offering our gifts for service to the Lord. We have seen Jesus teach about the kingdom. I look forward to the day when we will celebrate the completion, and dedicate this building to the Lord. Back in June I had surgery to remove one of the ribs in my thoracic cavity. Read More. Bishop T.D. Message: After The Fire Goes Out. Their own church? ", A second quality which will help us do the building in God’s way is to have patience. Scripture: Exodus 4:18-21 There is one more lesson we can learn from Nehemiah: 5. During week one, we saw that Jesus preached “the gospel of the Kingdom of God.” His gospel Articles Sermons Topics Books Podcasts Filter Resources By Ask Pastor John. What an exciting time we are in. Today we want to praise the Lord as we begin this building project. I. But the kingdom of God lasts forever. As she stood there speechless, the little girl sitting next to the boy reached over with her left hand and placed it up to his right hand and said, "Davey, let's make the church together." 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