1. Have you really heard or thought about the idea of the Kingdom of God? In what ways?
2. If we are supposed to be representing God’s will here on earth, what kind of job are we doing?
3. If you were an artist, who would you trust with your work of art? Why?
John 14:12-14 New Living Translation (NLT)
12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. 13 You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. 14 Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!
Matthew 28:16-20 New Living Translation (NLT)
The Great Commission
16 Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted!
18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
1. What does Jesus, according to these verses, think of us?
2. What does Jesus think we can do?
3. Why is what Jesus says good news to us?
4. Does the idea that God wants you to partner with him to bless the nations make you more interested in being a part of the Kingdom of God?
5. Do you have to have it all together, be perfect, to be the one that Jesus is talking about? Explain.
Matthew 6:9-13 New Living Translation (NLT)
9 Pray like this:
Our Father in heaven,
may your name be kept holy.
10 May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today the food we need,
12 and forgive us our sins,
as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
13 And don’t let us yield to temptation,
but rescue us from the evil one.
1. What are your first thoughts or what sticks out to you in this prayer?
2. What does this simple prayer teach you about God?
3. What does this prayer teach you about human beings?
4. Is it OK to pray for yourself?
5. What if the request that things be done on earth as they are in heaven is then explained by the prayer? What then does the kingdom of God look like?
O God, we hope we sense the love that God has for us, but also that the Christian faith is not about comfort, but about living so differently as we bring heaven to earth. We are the ones that God trusts with his creation and with all humanity. We get to offer glimpses of God’s kingdom to everyone around us. Help us to do this O God. AMEN.
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