It’s hard to live for the Kingdom of God when we’re so busy living for our own kingdom!
“The Kingdom Life: Understanding and Living the Sermon on the Mount” is our current discussion series theme at Theology on Tap addressing the question, “What does it look like to seek first the Kingdom of God?”
To guide this week’s discussion, here’s a quote from Paul David Tripp's, A Quest For More: Living For Something Bigger Than You:
Speaking of the fall of humanity in the Garden of Eden, Tripp writes, “In that devious conversation with Eve, the Serpent was selling her a ‘better’ kingdom. In this kingdom she would be the one on the throne. This kingdom would be about her will and her way. What Satan said he was offering Eve was something bigger and better, but what he really offered her was much less and infinitely smaller. Ever since that fateful day, human life and history has been shaped by kingdoms in conflict. The little kingdom wars with the big kingdom, the kingdom of this world wars with the kingdom of heaven, and the kingdom of man wars with the kingdom of God. This war goes on behind every human intention, decision, thought, word, desire, and deed. Everything everyone does is done in pursuit of the success of one of these kingdoms…” ~ Paul David Tripp, A Quest For More: Living For Something Bigger Than You, pg. 50.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you as well. ~ Matthew 6:33
So,what kingdom are you building? What king are you serving? God…or yourself?
Once more, Tripp writes, “There are glories to be enjoyed that you will never experience in the confines of your kingdom of one. You were created and called to live large. Why would you retreat to the narrow confines of your own little kingdom?” ~ Paul David Tripp, A Quest For More: Living For Something Bigger Than You, pg. 58
Here’s our discussion questions for Theology on Tap (06.29.11):
#1 What is the kingdom of God? And how can we live the kingdom of God in this life?
#2 How is serving others a way to live in and advance the kingdom of God? Can one serve others and still be living in his/her “own little kingdom” rather then for God’s kingdom? Explain.
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On tap next week – “How does God’s Kingdom advance?”