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Kingdom Builders

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Many people are struggling to find purpose and meaning in their lives because they have limited their life to the few years we have on earth. When we live in the reality of the everlasting kingdom of God our life takes on a whole new meaning and purpose that extends into eternity.

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Our Mission Statement:

“Producing Jesus followers of faith that expand God’s kingdom.”

5 Core Values

Bible Believers: Submitting to the authority of the Bible for all life and practice.
Am I submitting to the Father by obeying His Word for all life and practice?
Am I a doer of the Word or just a hearer of the Word?
Disciple Makers: Investing the gospel in faithful men and women that will invest its power in others.
Am I gathering people to Christ or scattering them from Christ?
Am I affective at applying the gospel to the lost and broken hearted of this world?
God pleasures: Trusting God with every aspect of our lives as we join Him in His work.
Am I trusting God with every aspect of my life as I join Him in His work?
Am I walking by faith and not by sight?
Community Engagers: Cultivating new relationships through strategic partnerships for the purpose of sharing the love of Christ and the power of the gospel.
Am I building new relationships with those that Jesus wants to save?
Am I letting the Spirit lead me into spiritual conversations with those around me?
Kingdom Builders: As citizens of God’s kingdom we will take every God-given opportunity to promote King Jesus and invite all to enter in.
Am I focused on building my own or God’s kingdom?
Am I responding in obedience when God calls me to build His Kingdom?
If you have been around Reliant for any amount of time, you have heard me talk about the Kingdom of God and our desire to be kingdom focused. We are constantly trying to think “Kingdom minded and not worldly minded.
The Kingdom of God answers the question “Why” behind all we do.
“True fulfilment and satisfaction is only found when The Kingdom of God is the central focal point of your life.”
Today we are going to answer the why behind this whole mission God has started in us.
My hope and prayer is that when you leave today you will be convinced that the Kingdom of God is the only thing worth living for.

The Pain issue:

Most people when they come to church, try religion, or search for God are trying to fix brokenness in their lives:
Relationships are broken
Dreams are dashed
It just didn’t turn out the way they thought it was going to go and they need relief.
They need a fresh start and a new beginning.
The desire is to find a way to make this life better or as good as it can be. So they are hoping they will get some comforting words or maybe even words of wisdom that will relieve some of the pain and hurt in their heart.
If we’re not careful Church is simply added to the list of band-aides we use in our life to cover up our pain.
So we use church like we do, drugs, antidepressants, pornography, adrenaline rushes, or alcohol to make the pain go a way for a little while. And we might use all of these things if we think it will help.
Living in the Kingdom of God is different. It is a new purpose that transcends this current live and reality. It’s a reality in which your life has new purpose and new meaning.

The Scope of the Kingdom

The Kingdom of God is eternal

God’s work on this Earth is just a small part of the overall scope of the Kingdom.
Think about the world
Think about the universe
Think about heaven
Think about Hell
All these things make up the kingdom of God.
As we enter the kingdom of God we become a part of something much bigger than our short term lives, and even bigger than this world.
We have become part of a long line of sojourners on the Earth.
Hebrews 11:13–14 ESV
13 These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14 For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.
Hebrews 11:13–16 ESV
13 These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14 For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15 If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
Hebrews 11:15–16 ESV
15 If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
“This world is not my home I'm just a passing through My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue The angels beckon me from heaven's open door And I can't feel at home in this world anymore Oh lord you know I have no friend like you If heaven's not my home then lord what will I do The angels beckon me from heaven's open door And I can't feel at home in this world anymore”

Jesus is the Everlasting King

you truly can’t understand the ministry of Jesus until you understand the scope of who he is and what he’s done.
As Jesus was being tried by Pilate, He gave us the scope of the kingdom and showed that it is much bigger than just this life that we are living or even the life that He was living here on Earth.
John 18:33–34 ESV
33 So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?”
John 18:33–36 ESV
33 So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” 35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”
John 8:
John 8:33–36 ESV
33 They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
John 18:35–36 ESV
35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”
John 18:
The God-man, Jesus, is the creator of all things and the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
When a person receives Jesus as their Lord and Savior they gain entrance into his everlasting kingdom.
Jesus is not the King of the Jews. Jesus is the King of everything.

The Children of God are the Subjects of the Everlasting Kingdom.

Any King must have subjects. Citizens of that kingdom. These subjects are the children of God.
“As citizens of God’s kingdom we will take every God-given opportunity to promote King Jesus and invite all to enter in.”
We enter the kingdom of God through a spiritual birth. You must be born again.
John 3:3–4 ESV
3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
John 3:5–6 ESV
5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
This spiritual birth is what makes us sons and daughters of God.
To be apart of the Kingdom you must receive the King.
John 1:12
John 1:12 ESV
12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,

The Mission of the Kingdom

Redemption of the world back to God.

Watch how the resurrection of Christ plays into the kingdom.
1 Corinthians 15:28 ESV
28 When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.
1 Corinthians 15:20–22 ESV
20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.
1 Cor
1 Corinthians 15:23–26 ESV
23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
1 Cor 15:23
Jesus conquered death to usher in the kingdom of God.
Our resurrection is a part of the defeat of death and the reconciliation of the world.

Repentance of all back to God.

Through the death burial and resurrection of Jesus he has opened a way of salvation for all mankind to enter into the kingdom.
God’s desire is that all would enter his everlasting kingdom.
2 Peter 3:9–10 ESV
9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.
1 Peter
There is a time clock that God has placed on this redemption process.
Our job is to witness to as many as possible in the time we have left.

The Focus of the Kingdom

If we are going to be effective in building the kingdom we must change our focus from this world to the world to come.
Some of you only see Jesus as your Savior, but He is also your King.
It was King Jesus that created all things.
It was King Jesus that took on the form of a man.
It was King Jesus that died on a cross for your sins.
It was King Jesus that has conquered sin and death.
It is King Jesus who now rules and reigns forever more.

I. Live in Expectation of the coming King and Kingdom.

2 Peter 3:11-
2 Peter 3:11–12 ESV
11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!
2 Peter 3:13–14 ESV
13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. 14 Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.

II. Live in the reality of the everlasting kingdom knowing this one is just temporary.

You see, once you change your focus from the temporal to the eternal the world and its sin looses its power over you. You’re able to rise above the circumstances of this world.
This world can’t hold you down.
All this world’s problems are just temporary and don’t define me.
Realize you are a child of the King and a joint heir to the kingdom with Jesus.

III. Live to build the everlasting kingdom joining God in his work.

This is when your life will be filled with all power for on high.
Then your life will have everlasting purpose and meaning.
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in his wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dem in the light of his glorious grace.”
Col 3:
Colossians 3:1–2 ESV
1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

Review

Kingdom Builders: As citizens of God’s kingdom we will take every God-given opportunity to promote King Jesus and invite all to enter in.
Am I focused on building my own or God’s kingdom?
Am I responding in obedience when God calls me to build His Kingdom?
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