A Thrill of Hope
"A Thrill of Hope" - He Is Our Coming King (12/19)
He Is Our Coming King
But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
Jesus is our coming King.
“Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ…
…there were loud voices in heaven which said: “the kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.”
A Better Country
7 Marks of the Kingdom
(Kingdom Ethics, David Gushee and Glen Stassen)
•restoration/rebuilding of community
•The experience of God’s presence.
Accountability: Be Ready!
Questions for Reflection/Discussion
•What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
•What do you think of the angel’s statement that “[Jesus] will be great?” Why?
•What do you think about Jesus actually returning to the earth to be our King?
•Which of the 7 Marks of the Kingdom do you most wish were true today?
•How are you doing at “Be Ready!” for the King to return?