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THREE†† KEYS†† OF††
The Kingdom of God, what is it
There once was
a man Mughul Ruler of India who was invited to visit England by Queen Victoria.
story goes that he was a proud man from a wonderful kingdom of his own.
When he arrived
on the shores of England he was expecting to impress this little island kingdom
with his magnificence.
He was met by a
beautiful carriage, which proceeded to carry him from the port town to the
center of London and the awaiting Queen.
As the Ruler
rode along they soon came to the outskirts of the city.
††††††††††† He was expecting a short ride.
mounted upon hour and the ride continued.
hours the carriage arrived in the heart of the great city.
But in the seat
occupied by the Ruler sat a man, whose self-importance had diminished, having
sensed for himself the greatness of the British Empire by the massive size of
itís Capitol, London.
was a lesson in GRACE.
The reality of Godís Kingdom is
that it is massive and regal.
us to hope to operate happily in it, we must be changed.
There are three Keys that help
us as we proceed into the Kingdom of God.
And they all
three center on GRACE
††††††††††† We are born in Grace.
††††††††††† ††††††††††† We grow in Grace.
††††††††††† ††††††††††† And we minister Grace.
New Birth by Godís Grace is the key of
entering Godís Kingdom.
††††††††††† 1.†† Note the Pharisee and the Publican
Luke 18:9 And he spake
this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous,
and despised others:
10 Two men went up
into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
11 The Pharisee stood
and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men
[are], extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† 12 I fast twice in the week, I give
tithes of all that I possess.
13 And the publican,
standing afar off, would not lift up so much as [his] eyes unto heaven, but
smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
14 I tell you, this
man went down to his house justified [rather] than the other: for every one
that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be
on the Cross - Grace alone can account for this manís salvation.
ďThis day shalt thou be with me
His only blackeeming act was to
ask for the Saviour to ďrememberĒ him when He enteblack into His Kingdom.
And the Lord bestowed upon
this man His GRACE.
††††††††††† 3.†† We are saved by Grace.
Eph 1:6†† To the praise of the glory of his grace,
wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
Eph 2:8-9†† For by grace are ye saved through faith;
and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man
here is a secret:† God cannot withhold
His grace.† He loves mankind.
††††††††††† ††††††††††† 1.†
We have a dog named ďBOBOĒ at home - he is in need of grace.
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† We decide if he is fed, if he stays,
if he lives.
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† But, I love my dog.
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† I will not let him starve.
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† That would break my heart.
††††††††††† ††††††††††† 2.†
In our Salvation
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† God created us, then we
fell into sin.
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† It
was our choice to reject God.
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† How
could we ever return to His favor?
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† We
were in need of grace.
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† God by His Grace made a way.
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† Because
of His Grace, He sent His Son to die for our sin.
GRACE are ye saved!!
††††††††††† ††††††††††† Remember, it is Godís plan!
If we turn to Him, there is no way He wonít save us.
is the key to Salvation.
is the key to fellowship with God.
1 Pet 2:2 as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk
of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
††††††††††† 1.† God speaks through Bible Study, Church, Sunday
††††††††††† ††††††††††† a.†
Or He speaks through Trials and Testings and Chastening.
††††††††††† 2.† God wants His children to grow!
††††††††††† ††††††††††† Paul said to the Corinthians
I Corinthians 3:1 And I, brethren,
could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, [even] as unto
babes in Christ.† (2) I have fed you
with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able [to bear it],
neither yet now are ye able.
I Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not
that ye are the temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in
you?† (17) If any man defile the temple
of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which [temple] ye
†††† Yes, God loves His baby Christians
††††††††††† ††††††††††† He will patiently wait for growth.
are known for the great love they have for her Babies.
††††††††††† ††††††††††† They will do all to nurture their
seen Babies who haven't grown
††††††††††† ††††††††††† Iíve seen a 20 yr old, lying in a
crib with diapers and bottle.
††††††††††† ††††††††††† It is a pitiful sight.
†††† If a Christian is not in church he's not going to grow right.
Eph 4:11 ††And he
gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; (Office of the church)
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† 12††††††††††† For
the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of
the body of Christ:†
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† (It is a job that is requiblack to be done, to grow
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Ill. Some think, ďWhy does the pastor hand out so much
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† ďHeís
the one we pay to do the work of the church.Ē
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††† Listen to
me; Members have much to do in the local church.
must attend, every possible service.
They must tithe, faithfully giving of what God has given
They must take a part in the ministry, finding Godís will.
They must be witnesses about the Lord, this will always be
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† 13††††††††††† Till
we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of
the stature of the fullness of Christ:†
(By the time
we get to heaven we should have grown in our knowledge of Christ.† We wonít have any more of the knowledge of
God in heaven than we have learned here on earth and experienced on our entry
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† 14††††††††††† That
we henceforth be no more children,
tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the
sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† 15††††††††††† But
speaking the truth in love, may grow up
into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
It would be Sad to see us all arrive in heaven, still babies.
2 Pet 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of
our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever.
††††††††††† ††††††††††† Our lives are intended to bring
GLORY to God.
††††††††††† ††††††††††† This is the aim of this Church, To
must GROW in GRACE.
Grace brings us Salvation, and
it also brings us growth as Christians.
III.† The Gospel is the key to Service to God.
†††† Love and Grace
††††††††††† 1.† God has commanded us to love our neighbor as
††††††††††† ††††††††††† They will know that we are
Christians by our love.
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Helping people is normal for us.
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† We are taught to be kind.
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† We are to be like our Lord.
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† But too many Christians stop there.
††††††††††† 2.† God has commanded us to witness.
††††††††††† ††††††††††† God's purpose for our helping people
is to teach them the Gospel.
††††††††††† Mark 16:15†† And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the
gospel to every creature.
††††††††††† Phil 1:3†† I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,† 4. Always in every prayer of mine for you
all making request with joy,† 5. For your
fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;
First, How many of your neighbors know you are a Christian by your love?
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Think about it.
Now, how many of them have heard the gospel from you?
are commanded to teach people the gospel.
††††††††††† ††††††††††† But, you say, I am not trained.
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† How long have you been saved?
How long do you think you need to learn it well enough to teach someone
††††††††††† ††††††††††† The moment you are saved† - God gives you a desire to tell others.
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Tell them your testimony.
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Tell them how much God means to you.
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Tell them what God has done for them,
if they will turn to Him!
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Donít let them avoid the
†††† Obedience to God's command drives:
††††††††††† ††††††††††† Missionaries are sent around the
††††††††††† 2.† Local Churches
††††††††††† ††††††††††† The machinery that turns - turns by
††††††††††† ††††††††††† Not the social gospel - but a
concern for souls.
††††††††††† ††††††††††† People are the same everywhere,
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† They like some attention,
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† They like people to pay attention to
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† We want to do that.
††††††††††† ††††††††††† We want to help them, how simple.
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Many will come because we will take
the time to help them.
††††††††††† 3.† The Christian
††††††††††† ††††††††††† How disappointing it would be to
receive the Salvation of God,
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Then not have a part in His work.
††††††††††† Have you been born of
Grace?† ††††††††††† Or
are you working your way?†† Refusing to
††††††††††† Are you growing in
Grace?† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† Or are you stubborn and proud?† Refusing to yield.
††††††††††† Are you ministering by
Grace?† ††††††††††† Or
do you excuse yourself?† Refusing to
give the Gospel.
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