Jesus came proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, a provocatively political act. Jesus asks us for an allegiance that transcends all earthly allegiances.
This Week's Action Step:
Say the Lords Prayer each morning as a Pledge of Allegiance to Jesus
Small Group Questions:
-During the sermon we noted that when Jesus came preaching the gospel of the kingdom, it was a very politically charged act because he was essentially challenging Caesar’s claim to rule the world. In fact, one of the most persistent themes in the NT is Jesus’s kingship over and conflict with all the rulers of the world.
-Have you ever noticed how political Jesus was?
-“The gospel of Jesus Christ is more political than anyone imagines, but in a way that no one guesses.”
-What do you think Peterson means?
-When it comes to faith and politics, I noted that we’ve fluctuated between two extremes: we turn Jesus into a political mascot or we turn him into this non-political, private, personal savior who only talked about private spirituality.
-Why do you think we’ve done that?
-Which extreme do you gravitate toward?
-What are the problems with either of these extremes?
-We distinguished between patriotism and nationalism.
-Patriotism is a love for your country.
-Nationalism is a love for your country mutates into an ultimate allegiance to your country and a belief that your country is superior, infallible, and ordained to rule the world in the name of God.
-So how do we make sure our love for our country doesn’t mutate into an unhealthy belief in the superiority and God-favored-ness of our country?
-In what ways can your allegiance to America compete with your allegiance to Christ?
Songs from Today
This Is Amazing Grace by Josh Farro, Jeremy Riddle, and Phil Wickham
Heroes by Amanda Cook, Jason Ingram, and Paul Mabury
10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) by Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman
It Is Well by Horatio Gates Spafford, Kristene DiMarco, and Philip Paul Bliss
Your Great Name by Michael Neale and Krissy Nordhoff