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Kingdom Come: Greatest Mystery Ever

Kingdom Come 4: Greatest Mystery Ever

In case you missed the service, here is the outline from Steve’s sermon!

Mark 4:26-29, Matthew 13:31-44

 

the enormity and power of the kingdom of God –

 

secret, invisible life energy of a common seed –

 

the ground (John 6:44) =

 

we often don’t see or understand how God’s kingdom moves –

 

  1. Growth of the Kingdom is mysterious and powerful. Mk 4:26-29

 

Application to My Life:

How is the Kingdom seed in your life? A seed waiting to germinate? Many leaves for “show”, but little fruit? Fruit making more fruit?

 

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How is a tiny mustard seed a symbol for the kingdom of God?

 

birds turned into a positive symbol for –

 

How did Jesus turn the negative symbol of leaven into a positive?

 

a little leaven in a huge amount of flour –

 

2. Growth of the Kingdom starts small and unnoticed. Mt 13:31-33

 

Application to My Life:

How has the leaven of the Kingdom spread to transform your life?

 

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hidden treasure invites a search –

 

giving up everything (our ideas & expectations) for the Kingdom –

 

3. Value of the Kingdom is worth any price or sacrifice. Mt 13:44

 

Application to My Life:

Your choice: will you give up everything for kingdom treasure?

 

 

Life Group Discussion/Personal Meditation Questions:

Icebreaker: With which symbol for the Kingdom do you most identify: hidden seed, mustard seed, leaven, buried treasure? Why?

1. Read Mark 4:26-29. What principles can we learn from the seed about how we should treat the growth of God’s kingdom?

  1. In what stage is the Kingdom seed in you: Still waiting to grow? Producing leaves that are seen, but little fruit? Bearing fruit that reproduces more fruit?

 

3. Read Matthew 13:31-32. What does the mustard seed teach about God’s kingdom?

4. How would birds as a symbol for Gentile nations be so difficult for the Jews hearing this parable? How do we demonstrate similar attitudes in the church?

  1. Read Matthew 13:33. How does Jesus turn leaven into a positive symbol? How did Jesus break past the Old Testament laws to reach out to everyone?

 

6. How has your life been saturated and transformed by the leaven of the Kingdom?

 

7. Read Matthew 13:44. How is the Kingdom a treasure in your life worth giving up everything (including your pre-conceived ideas and expectations)?

Prayer Night!

Prayer Night

You’re invited to join us for a night of prayer and worship!  Following the service on Friday, September 26th, we will gather on the second floor for a time to continue worshipping and praying together.

Feel free to grab a bite to eat after church and come back to join us later.  There are no rules for how long you need to stay–come and go as you need to!  Hope to see you there!

Kingdom Come: “Now-Not Yet” Restoration

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Life Group Discussion/Personal Meditation Questions:

Icebreaker: What is the most dramatic miracle of God that you have witnessed?

  1. Read Matthew 9:16-17, 35 & Isaiah 53:4.  Why do you think Jesus performed miracles in connection with proclaiming the message about the kingdom?  What then might be the purpose of miracles today?
  2. Read Matthew 10:1, 5-8.  What is the significance that the disciples were given the same message and same miracles to perform?
  3. What are you pursuing in your life?  Which do you pursue more:  God’s miracles or God Himself?  Why?
  4. Read Matthew 12:22-28.  Why do you think the Pharisees made this accusation when their own disciples used herbs and magic formulas in casting out demons?
  5. What evidence would the crowd and Pharisees have that Jesus was operating from the power of the Holy Spirit?
  6. How do you live out the principles of God’s kingdom as a citizen of the kingdom?
  7. Read the Eric Swanson quote below.  How can you participate in spreading the kingdom of God to structures around you?

“Through His miracles, Jesus gave us a picture of what the kingdom of God is and will be like… Spreading the kingdom of God is more than simply winning men and women to Christ.  It involves working toward shalom and the redemption of structures, individuals, families, and relationships as well as surprising others with unexpected deeds of grace, mercy, and justice.”

Young Adult Worship Night

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Young Adults from 20-35, please join us for a special kick off event: a night of worship on the Nile.  It will be this Friday, September 19th, from directly after the service until about 8:30pm.  Please bring 35Le to cover the cost of food and the felucca ride.  Hope to see you there!

Tomorrow: Be there, Be the Church!

Guess what tomorrow is? KICK OFF! Hope you’re planning to join us at Victory Field at 2:30 for the picnic and head over to the church for the service at 5!  It’s going to be a lot of fun!  Just remember, bring food OR plan to buy something yummy from Jared’s Bagels/Micah’s Grill.  

We start off our prayer challenge tomorrow as well so check Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for our daily posts!

Can’t wait to see everyone there!

Kingdom Come: The Epicentre of the Kingdom

In case you missed yesterday’s sermon, Steve shared with us how Jesus is the epicentre of God’s Kingdom.  We studied through Luke and Mark discussing the promise and basis of Jesus’ kingdom: love and sacrifice.  You can find a link to listen to the sermons here.  Use the questions below to guide your further study or discussion within your life group!

 

Life Group Discussion/Personal Meditation Questions:
Icebreaker: What is a memorable time someone took advantage of you? What was your reaction?

1. Read Luke 1:31-35. What important statements about who Jesus is does the angel Gabriel make? Why those particular statements?

2. Mark 1:14-15 & Luke 17:20-21. What does it mean if the Kingdom of God has come near or in their midst? Is the Kingdom more than a realm?

3. Read Luke 7:19-23. How could John the Baptist be confused about who Jesus was? What misconceptions about God’s Kingdom might you have?

4. Read Mark 12:1-12 & Isaiah 5:1-4. How does these two stories overlap in expressing God’s view of Israel’s lack of being good stewards of their privilege?

5. What is the significance of the son being cast outside the vineyard and Jesus being crucified “outside the camp” in Hebrews 13:12?

6. Read Psalm 118:22. When Jesus quotes this verse (read during Passover) to the religious leaders, what is He saying about them and their future?

7. If a major kingdom theme is the truth that the Kingdom of God is for those of right heart, not a particular people group, then how might we make the same error assuming we are Kingdom people just because we attend church?

30 Days 30 Ways Prayer Challenge

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For the next 30 days, beginning September 5th, the #MaadiChurch family will embark upon a mission to #pray for the community, the country, the leaders and other needs that arise throughout the journey. Won’t you join us? Each day we will post a #way2pray on our social media sites (Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook). We invite you to also post, tweet, or otherwise share with us your own personal #way2pray for the day! Make sure to use the regular hashtags, #MaadiChurch and #MCCBeTheChurch, in addition to the #30ways30days tag so that others in the community can pray with you!

The New MCC Website is Launched!

If you’ve been keeping up with our emails and bulletins in church, you know that we’ve officially launched our new website.  It’s still a work in progress so bear with us as work to update and make the new site as user-friendly as possible.

While you’re here, why not check out our social media sites!