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.
“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.
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.
This spiritual birth is what makes us sons and daughters of God.
To be apart of the Kingdom you must receive the King.
The Mission of the Kingdom
Redemption of the world back to God.
Watch how the resurrection of Christ plays into the kingdom.
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.
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-
Live in the reality of the everlasting kingdom knowing this one is just temporary.