THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN
“The Kingdom of Heaven” walks through The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), and analyzes Jesus’ call to discipleship for citizens of his “already, but not yet” Kingdom.
April 28th - June 30th 2019
True disciples of Jesus not only know his teachings but also act upon them with a holistic righteousness.
Jesus charges the Church to identify and distinguish counterfeit gospels while admonishing those who have fallen prey to its teachings.
Disciples of Jesus are to enter through the narrow gate and travel along the hard way that leads to life.
Jesus continues his discussion on rightly evaluating and judging others (7:1-6) by asking his disciples to consider their evaluations of God Himself.
Disciples of Jesus should avoid having a judgmental spirit toward others by remembering their own need for grace.
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Jesus concludes a set of three illustrations intended to focus his disciple’s attention on becoming truly righteous people.
Prayer puts us in a posture of dependence before our Heavenly Father who provides, forgives, and delivers us.
Jesus gives us a pattern to pray to our Heavenly Father so that his priorities become our desire.