Scripture references tied to the sermon for Homecoming 2023...
Thought #1 --> Home (for the Christian) is in God's Kingdom
Matthew 3:2 repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
John 18:36, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world”
Matthew 6:7-13 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling, like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your father knows what you need before you ask him.
This, then, is how you should pray: our father, in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us Today our daily bread forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
Matthew 4:17From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, forthekingdomofheavenis at hand.”
Matthew 4:23, “And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people”
Thought #2 --> We should talk about the Kingdom of God!
Matthew 10:7 Asyougo, proclaimthismessage: ‘Thekingdomofheavenhascomenear.’ Matthew 5:3“Blessedarethepoorinspirit, fortheirsisthekingdomofheaven. Matthew 5:10“Blessedarethosewhohavebeenpersecutedforthesakeofrighteousness, fortheirsisthe kingdomofheaven.
Matthew 20:1-16 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard.2 He agreed to pay them a denarius[a] for the day and sent them into his vineyard. 3 “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4 He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ 5 So they went. “He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. 6 About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’ 7 “‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered. “He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’ 8 “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’ 9 “The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’ 13 “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ 16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” Matthew 21:31,32 31 “Whichofthetwodidthewillofhisfather?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “TrulyI saytoyouthatthetaxcollectorsandprostituteswillgetintothekingdomofGodbeforeyou. 32 “ForJohncametoyouinthewayofrighteousnessandyoudidnotbelievehim; butthetax collectorsandprostitutesdidbelievehim; andyou, seeingthis, didnotevenfeelremorse afterwardsoastobelievehim.
Thought #4 --> The Kingdom of God is mysteriously NOW and NOT YET. Matthew 25:31 31“ButwhentheSonofMancomesinHisglory, andalltheangelswithHim, thenHewillsiton Hisgloriousthrone. Matthew 25:34“ThentheKingwillsaytothoseonHisright, ‘Come, youwhoareblessedofMyFather, inherit thekingdompreparedforyoufromthefoundationoftheworld.
Ephesians 2:1-3 1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. 3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, 1indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.
First, the message of the kingdom of heaven is a genuine offer from God to rule in the hearts of those who believe in His name.
Second, as citizens of the kingdom of heaven, believers should be motivated to build the kingdom through proclaiming the kingdom.
Third, the kingdom of heaven provides comfort and hope for Christians who are suffering. God is King over all circumstances. No matter what happens in this life, all will be made right when God’s kingdom comes.