Jesus’ vision for his church
When Jesus taught about the kingdom of God, he invited us to into a new way of seeing. Our vision series this year focuses on the life of Jesus exploring how we might see and live like Jesus did.
“My kingdom is not of this world,” Jesus said to Pilate. Nevertheless Jesus was part of God’s plan to bring that kingdom to earth. That plan had a long history starting with Abraham, working out through people like Moses, David, the prophets and finally supremely in Jesus the Messiah, who in turn passed it on to his “body” the church.
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|1||13-Feb||John 17:20-26||Like Jesus||Series Intro |
|2||20-Feb||Matt 11:16-19||Live Like Jesus||We value life |
|3||27-Feb||Luke 2:41-52||Learn like Jesus||We value growing |
|4||6-Mar||John 11:1-44||Love like Jesus||We value each other|
|5||13-Mar||Matt 5:17-20||Honour like Jesus||We value our heritage|
|6||20-Mar||Luke 19: 37-44||Weep like Jesus||We value our city|
|7||27-Mar||Matt 6:5-15||Hope like Jesus||We value our future|
|8||3-Apr||Luke 23:26-34||Forgive like Jesus||We value grace|
|9||10-Apr||Ephesians 4:11-16||Vision for HBC||Vision Sunday|
| Stephen Baxter|
|10||15-Apr||Die Like Jesus||GOOD FRIDAY||Stephen Baxter|
|11||17-Apr||Philippians 2:5-11||Rise like Jesus||Stephen Baxter|
Jesus taught his disciples to pray that “[God’s] kingdom come and [God’s] will be done on earth as in it is heaven.” Nearly 2000 years later, Jesus followers continue to pray it.
By doing so we acknowledge we are not the architects of God’s restorative work in this world. However, we also accept we are active participants in it. Jesus calls us to be with him in God’s kingdom project. Jesus’ kingdom vision should be the primarily influence in the forming of our hearts and minds that flows out in our faith and action.
To envisage what it is to be church God wants us to be we need to return to learn again from Jesus of Nazareth who, “through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power” (Romans 1:4) and how he lived out the kingdom of God on earth, and ask the question, “Do I see the world as Jesus sees it?”
Each week we will use the template below as a tool to help us explore different aspects of the Bible reading to enable us to see how Jesus saw things and what it would mean for us to see things the same way.
|Who||What did they see…||What did they feel…||What did they do…||What did they believe|
|Jesus of Nazareth|
|Me||What do I see||What do I feel||What do I do||What do I believe|