Now in those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” – Matthew 3:1-2
From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” – Matthew 4:17
New Series – “The Kingdom of Heaven” in Matthew
Today we begin this new sermon series and the above passages of the first mention of the “kingdom of heaven” in Matthew could not be more appropriate for our nation and the people of God.
Our son, Jeremy, wrote the following on his Facebook page, I thought it was a good word from God…
I was reminded this morning in the Scriptures of God’s hatred toward sin and how much it grieves him. “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.” - Genesis
It grieved him to his heart! I know God is grieved over this nation and that is what saddens me the most. However, he is patiently and graciously waiting for us to repent. He is bearing the load of his wrath now, but he won’t bear the load forever for those who refuse to repent. It starts with the church and us taking seriously the command to revere Jesus as Lord. He’s Lord. He’s the King. Our allegiance is to Him and no other.
“Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?” - Romans
I know you join me in prayer and repentance for our nation and churches, beginning right here, of course.
Back to On Campus Activities This Week
We resume on campus Connect Groups and Wednesday evening activities for all age groups. You will still be able to worship online and/or join a connect group via Zoom if you prefer.
Remember the Hurting and Grieving
We have several members who have recently lost loved ones, they need our prayers. Although grief is different for Christians because of our sure hope in Christ, we still grieve. It is the price of the precious gift of love and relationships. Pray for an extra measure of grace and peace.
Still others are hurting because of their own illness or the illness of family or friends. Pray for healing and remember our medical professionals, that they may have the sustaining grace and supernatural strength of God during these trying times. Amen.
Think about it…
You don't have to be alone in your hurt! Comfort is yours. Joy is an option. And it's all been made possible by your Savior. He went without comfort so you might have it. He postponed joy so you might share in it. He willingly chose isolation so you might never be alone in your hurt and sorrow.
- Joni Eareckson Tada