Who Can Receive the Kingdom of God?
The church of Christ on McDermott Road
by mmcgaha
3d ago
If the kingdom—God’s uncontested rule and reign—can be received now, who can receive it and how is it received? How do we enter into God’s rule and reign? Once again, the answers Jesus gives are surprising. Jesus said we must receive the kingdom of God like a child. What does this comparison teach about the character of kingdom citizens? How can we become like little children? (Scripture: Luke 18:15-17 ..read more
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What is the Kingdom of God?
The church of Christ on McDermott Road
by mmcgaha
2w ago
The word “kingdom” is not just another word for the church. And the kingdom of God is not referring to the place people go when they die. The kingdom is God’s uncontested rule and reign over the world. When Jesus defined the kingdom of God he did so using parables. He said the kingdom was like a grain of mustard seed or leaven hidden in flour. What do these parables teach about the kingdom of God and what is our role in the kingdom? (Scripture: Luke 13:18-21 ..read more
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Loyal When You’ve Been Sinful
The church of Christ on McDermott Road
by mmcgaha
3w ago
One of the most difficult portions of Hebrews 11 is the author’s mention of Gideon, Barak, Samson, and Jephthah. These were hardly exemplary religious men. They did some pretty horrible things. So, why would the Hebrew writer mention them alongside people like Abraham, Moses, and David? Perhaps it is because each of them—in spite of their sins—had moments when they did what they were called to do in spite of the odds being stacked against them. Being a person of faith is not about being perfect, but about doing what we are called to do even when the odds are stack ..read more
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Loyal When You’re Called to Suffer
The church of Christ on McDermott Road
by mmcgaha
1M ago
Sometimes being loving God and being loyal to him means being willing to suffer mistreatment and persecution. Moses gave up the palace to suffer with the his Hebrew brothers and sisters. He chose loyalty over luxury. When we are called to give up comfort, wealth, freedom, safety, or security for the sake of our commitment to King Jesus, are we willing to do it? Do we love Jesus enough to suffer with him and with his people? (Scripture: Hebrews 11:23-28 ..read more
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Loyal When You’re Called to Sacrifice
The church of Christ on McDermott Road
by mmcgaha
1M ago
Abraham was promised a son, a son through whom God would bring blessings to all the nations of the world. However, Abraham was told to kill that son and offer him as a sacrifice to God. Abraham’s loyalty was being tested. Would he be loyal to God, even when it seemed he would have to give up that which he most treasured? Our loyalty is rarely tested to this degree, but it is tested every day. Are we passing the test? (Scripture: Hebrews 11:17-19 ..read more
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Loyal When You’re Called to a Foreign Place
The church of Christ on McDermott Road
by mmcgaha
1M ago
The work the medical missionaries with us this Sunday are doing relates closely with our text for this Sunday, leaving home and going to a foreign place because of loyalty to God. We will talk about Abraham’s willingness to leave home and go to a foreign land simply because he was committed to YHWH. We should all share a similar loyalty, commitment, and faith. (Scripture: Hebrews 11:8-12 ..read more
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Loyal When You Can’t See God Working
The church of Christ on McDermott Road
by mmcgaha
1M ago
When we read the phrase, “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen,” we often take it to mean that faith is believing in something without evidence. This is a really poor understanding of faith. The Hebrew writer is saying that faith is being unshakably committed to a God you can’t see. The Jewish Christians were tempted to return their loyalties to the temple system they could see, but the Hebrew writer is reminding them that their forefathers had been commended for their commitment to the unseen. (Scripture: Hebrews 11:1-6 ..read more
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God Consoles Those Who Patiently Wait for Him
The church of Christ on McDermott Road
by mmcgaha
2M ago
When the infant Jesus was presented in the temple, his family met a man and a woman who had been waiting patiently for the Lord’s arrival. Simeon had been told by the Holy Spirit that would not die until he saw the Messiah. Also, Anna, an elderly prophetess, had been waiting in the temple, “Worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day.” Both Simeon and Anna rejoiced when Jesus arrived, because their diligent waiting had paid off. They teach us, waiting is not a passive activity. Those who are prepared for the arrival of the Lord are actively waiting for our re ..read more
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God Brings Good News to His Humble Servants
The church of Christ on McDermott Road
by mmcgaha
2M ago
When the Lord arrived in Bethlehem, his arrival was not announced to the Sanhedrin or in Herod’s palace, it was announced in a field of shepherds. To these humble shepherds, the Lord sent an angel and a whole host of heavenly beings to announce the Good News. Throughout Jesus’ life, it was people like these shepherds who were prepared for his coming. In the same way, it will probably the ordinary, unassuming, hard-working servants of the Lord who are prepared for his second coming. (Scripture: Luke 2:8-19 ..read more
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God Gives Light to Those Who Sit in the Shadow of Death
The church of Christ on McDermott Road
by mmcgaha
2M ago
Zechariah prophesied about what would become of his son, John. He said his son would prepare the way of the Lord. The coming of the Lord would be like a “sunrise” that would “visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.” Throughout the book of Luke, those prepared for the Lord’s arrival were those who knew they needed forgiveness of sins. They repented as soon as John’s call rang forth, because they were waiting in the “shadow of death.” Similarly, those prepared for the second coming of the Lord are longing for sun ..read more
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