Let Earth Receive Her King

Discarded Crowns

Passage: Revelation 4 Principles: A Door (see: Phil. 2:6-8; John 1:10-11; Rev. 3:20; Luke 2:7) A Throne (see: Luke 1:30-33) Crowns (see: Psalm 72:9-14; Phil. 2:9-11; Col. 1:15-17) Practice: Take time to reflect on the following questions this week. Discuss them with your small group or an accountability partner: Is there a door in your heart that is not open to Jesus Christ? Is there a throne in your life that has not been relinquished to Him? Is there a…

The Love of Kings

Passage: Matthew 2:1-12 Principles: Herod: Self-Serving (see Mark 8:36; Matthew 6:1 & 24) Wise Men: Significant (see Luke 20:25; Matthew 6:19) Jesus: Sacrificial (see John 3:16; Romans 5:8) Practice: Take some time before Christmas to answer these questions: Which king represents the condition of your heart this Christmas? This Christmas are you paying homage to the Kingdom of Herod or the Kingdom of Jesus? How does the time you’ve spent shopping compare to the time you’ve spent in personal and…

The Struggle is Real

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you…

The Prince of Peace

Despite the promises of peace made by kings and politicians throughout the ages, the kingdoms of this world are constantly at war. When Isaiah announced the promise of a coming Savior, he called Him the “Prince of Peace.” Seven hundred years later, when the angels announced the birth of Jesus, they declared, “peace on earth, good will toward men.” The Son of God was called the Prince of Peace and then the Son of God told His followers that if…

Of Pawns and Kings

Chess is often an analogy used for life. It can be especially useful when discussing politics. There are kings and pawns and pieced in between. The weaker pieces are seen as extendible and the stronger pieces are always sacrificed for the good of the king. However, throughout the pages of the Bible, we find God’s story turns the chessboard upside down. Pawns overthrowing kings and kings being played like pawns in the grand design of God’s plan. In part three…

Demanding a King

In part two of “Let Earth Receive Her King,” Pastor Gary Webber explores two ancient stories in which God’s people abandoned Him in favor of earthly kings. What is most surprising about these stories isn’t the rebellion of God’s people and their request for lesser kings, but God’s willingness to grant their request. Is it possible that Christians today might fall into that same pattern? Join us as we consider what we want when we demand an earthly king. 1…

The Once and Future King

Deep within the genetic memory of humanity is a longing for a perfect king. A king who will restore order and justice. A king who will provide for and protect his people. A king whose reign will never end. Our problem seems to be that we cannot find such a king. When earthly kings have failed and we’ve exhausted political solutions, we are still left with the unfulfilled hope of a once and future king. Join us for part one…