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Please find below the Life Group Guideline for this week.

Life Group Guideline

Theme – Your Kingdom Come

Opening Prayer:

Worship:

Icebreaker:

What quality do you appreciate most in a friend?

#NT260 Check in:

During the New Testament readings this week we read about the Triumphal entry and Jesus clearing the Temple. (Matthew 21:1-17)
What stands out for you about King Jesus and His Kingdom from this portion of scripture.

Discussion on Sunday's Sermon – Your Kingdom Come

Point 1:

Jesus came to bring His Kingdom of light into a dark world. As he walked on earth he saw the casualties of the enemies work in people's lives. So he preached the Kingdom and demonstrated the reality of His Kingdom as he healed the sick and ministered freedom to the people.

In John 10:10 Jesus confirmed that there are two kingdoms. And in 1 John 3:8 we read the following 'For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.'

So we serve a good King, His name is Jesus, and His Kingdom is a Kingdom of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Jesus came to redeem us so that we can have kingdom order restored to our lives. When we are born again, God begins to order our lives and make them fruitful.

In Matthew 6:33 (Amplified) we are encouraged to 'Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right) and all these things shall be added unto you.'

When things that should be first are not first than life becomes complicated and out of order. When things aren't going well we need to ask the Holy Spirit if there is something that we are not seeing.

When kingdom order and priorities are restored to our lives we have increased capacity and effectiveness. This helps us to seize life, to seize each day.

Read Luke 9:57-62 from the Message Bible
57 On the road someone asked if he could go along. "I'll go with you, wherever," he said. 58 Jesus was curt: "Are you ready to rough it? We're not staying in the best inns, you know." Jesus said to another, "Follow me." 59 He said, "Certainly, but first excuse me for a couple of days, please. I have to make arrangements for my father's funeral." 60 Jesus refused. "First things first. Your business is life, not death. And life is urgent: Announce God's kingdom!" 61 Then another said, "I'm ready to follow you, Master, but first excuse me while I get things straightened out at home." 62 Jesus said, "No procrastination. No backward looks. You can't put God's kingdom off till tomorrow. Seize the day."

Discussion 1: Are you seeking first the Kingdom of God? What are some of things that can distract us from consistently prioritising the Kingdom?

Point 2:

The enemy of our souls doesn't want us to experience the Kingdom life. So he offers us an imitation that looks like the Kingdom life but has lots of compromise. When you don't go for Gods original design you end up with an imitation, and then we can end up with things in our lives that we wish weren't there.

Myles Munro said 'If you don't know the purpose of a thing, abuse is inevitable'.

Read Colossians 3:2-3 (NKJV) " You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; 3 clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart."

Read Romans 8:29 (NIV) "For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters."

Mark 6:3-5 (The Message.) "They went out preaching the gospel that life could be radically different." This is the genuine kingdom offer. A radically different life. Full of righteousness, peace and joy. (Romans 14:17).

Discussion 2: As kingdom citizens we need to take responsibility for our lives. Are we seeking and living a radically different life?

Point 3:

Example of Nehemiah. His name means Yahweh the comforter. He is a type and shadow of the Holy Spirit. Nehemiah is a symbol of what God wants to do when everything around you has become ashes.

Read Nehemiah 1:1-3

Israelites that returned to Jerusalem from captivity found themselves with:
No sense of identity. Had been in exile for long.
No sense of security. The city was in ruins, there was no protection.
No sense of authority - Gates broken - a symbol of authority.

God restored the people and helped them to rebuild the walls. The Holy Spirit wants to rebuild the broken things in our lives and restore our identity, security and authority.

When situations are against you, and breakthroughs seems impossible, God still wants us to keep believing. Logic is not faith. Faith is a product of your spirit not a product of your mind. There is always a solution in the name of Jesus. You have to make up your mind to let God be true and every man a liar. (Romans 3:3-4)

Reflect on the video clip of Alex Akuna who was diagnosed with Heart failure. The doctors couldn't do anything for him. But he trusted the Lord and put his faith in God's Word. And God healed and restored his life.

Discussion 3: What is something in your life that you need the Lord to restore?

Prayer ministry:

Allow for a time of ministry to people who are experiencing brokenness in their lives. Ask the Holy Spirit to restore them.

Regards

Bruce Taylor
LIFE GROUPS PASTOR

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