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The Kingdom of God (Part 1)

The Kingdom of God (Part 1)

Posted by Norman Wreford on Jul 4, 2020

TEXT: ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven’ (Matthew 6:10) THOUGHT: The Kingdom of God is revealed on earth in two ways. The Kingdom that now is – spiritually, and the one that is to come – literally. We are to pray for the latter one to happen, but we live according to the spiritual principles of the Kingdom of God until that takes place. I am a citizen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, but this is a kingdom which will not last forever, although it has existed since 1922. The time is fast approaching when the following scripture will be fulfilled, ‘The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever’ (Revelation 11:15). Jesus said, ‘My kingdom is not of this world’ (John 18:36). While on earth, Christians are ambassadors for Christ. 1 Just as the ambassador’s residence is a reflection of the country they represent, so Christians are to reflect Christ and the Kingdom of God. This is a subject that the New Testament has much to say about. Today’s Teaching focusses on the Kingdom of God now, the importance of being a part of it and what is expected of its citizens while living on earth. 1. How a person becomes a citizen of the Kingdom of God The Importance of Preaching ‘Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel”’ (Mark 1:14-15). We preach the gospel...

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The Church Age

The Church Age

Posted by Norman Wreford on Jun 27, 2020

TEXT: ‘He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”’ (Acts 1:7-8 NLT) THOUGHT: The Book of Daniel is full of amazing prophecies about world superpowers and the end of everyday living as we know it. In interpreting Nebuchadnezzar’s 1 and subsequently his own dreams, God showed Daniel four great world powers that would succeed each other. First was the Babylonian empire that Daniel was a part of, having been taken captive from Jerusalem. Then the Medo-Persian Empire conquered Babylon. Daniel not only survived the overthrow, but prospered and was promoted into a three man team of governors overseeing one hundred and twenty satraps who were responsible for areas of the whole kingdom. Although he was so prominent, he was persecuted because of his integrity, and spent a night in the lion’s den. God kept him safe because there was no fault in him or his work. The Grecian Empire was the next to follow, conquering the Medo-Persians in 330 BC. God showed Daniel that it would be broken up into four parts. This is exactly what happened after Alexander the Great’s death. The kingdom was divided up between his four generals. Their allocation would be known today as Greece, Turkey, Syria and Egypt. The fourth great world power was the Roman Empire. It conquered Greece in 146 BC. It was not named...

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A Blessed Home (Part 2)

A Blessed Home (Part 2)

Posted by Norman Wreford on Jun 20, 2020

TEXT: ‘The best of all firstfruits of any kind, and every sacrifice of any kind from all your sacrifices, shall be the priest’s; also you shall give to the priest the first of your ground meal, to cause a blessing to rest on your house’ (Ezekiel 44:30) THOUGHT: Part 1 focussed on giving which helps to prevent selfishness, and can turn the curse into a blessing. It challenged those who receive to become givers too. This next part shows how honouring God and giving to Him first, releases that blessing on our home. Giving to God is a step of faith – ‘the first of your ground meal’ It is really saying, “I have more than enough living on the rest!” First is an important principle with God. ‘Seek first the kingdom of God’ (Matthew 6:33). Our text says, ‘Give to the priest (God) the first’. It also says, ‘Give the best’. Tithing is giving God a tenth of what we receive as income. It is not ending the week and seeing what we have left to put in the offering. It is starting the week and giving God the tenth first. Then believing God will take care of any shortfall caused by honouring Him with our finance. God promises when we honour Him in this way, He will open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing. 1 I want the blessing to be poured out on me and my home but that will only take place if I do the first thing and give my tithe. Giving God His portion first works! 1 Kings 17:8-16 records...

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