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THE PROCLAIMED KINGDOM // WEEK BEGINNING 11TH JUNE 2012
By his death and resurrection Jesus did all that was necessary to put everything right again and completely restore God’s kingdom. But he did not finish the job when he was first on earth. He ascended into heaven and made it clear that there would be a delay before he returned. The delay is to enable more people to hear about the good news of Christ so they can put their trust in him and be ready for him when he comes. We live during this period, which the Bible calls “the last days”. It began on the Day of Pentecost when God sent the Spirit to equip his church to tell the whole world about Christ.
MAKE SURE YOU ARE PRAYING THIS WEEK FOR SOULIES UNITED!! (15th JUNE)
PRAY THAT MANY NEW PEOPLE WOULD COME AND HEAR ABOUT JESUS!!!
Read 2 Peter 3:1-9
Why hasn’t Jesus returned yet? [v9]
How ought this shape the way you now live in the last days?
DAY 2 – GOD’S PEOPLE
In the Old Testament you had to be born as a Jew to be a part of God’s people. This side of Jesus’ death and resurrection, people from any and every nation & race can be a part of God’s people.
Read Romans 10:9
How do you become one of God’s people?
Read 1 Peter 2:9-10
In this passage terms used to describe the Nation of Israel in the OT are applied to the Christian. What does v9 say is one thing that God’s people do?
Thank God that you can be a part of His people through the death & res of Jesus.
DAY 3 – GOD’S PLACE
Read Ephesians 2:11-21
Where does God dwell? [ie Where is God’s place?]
This passage talks about both God’s people & God’s place. That’s because it’s actually in his people that God now dwells by his Spirit. Isn’t it amazing that God now swells in us if we are Christian!! Thank God in prayer.
DAY 4 – GOD’S RULE + BLESSING
Ephesians 1:3 says we have “every spiritual blessing in Christ”. We are under God’s blessing not because of anything we have done… but because he is kind.
Read Ephesians 1:1-14
List some of the many ways that God has shown his kindness to us in Jesus:
We have an amazing God!!
When Jesus ascended back up to heaven he didn’t leave us by ourselves… but he has given us His Spirit to 1) keep pointing us to Jesus and 2) to help us to live for God’s Kingdom.
Read Romans 8:18-27
What do we learn about the work of the Spirit?