4/29/18 – Citizen – Part 3 – Kingdom Culture

Citizen Series
Part 3 Kingdom Life

Opening Illustration

Series Citizen: Citizenship, Armies and Enemies, Kingdom Culture, The King

Opening Passage

Matthew 22:37-40 (NKJV)
Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Opening Prayer

Heavenly Father
I pray that today’s message
transition from a head knowledge into a heart revelation
and through the power and the person of the Holy spirit
renew our minds and transform our lives with Your word
in the name of Jesus.
Amen

Introduction

Culture Definition: way of life; ordinary behavior and habits,
attitudes toward each other, moral and religious beliefs.

Culture is what you enjoy and get to do verses a commandment which is what you must do.

1. A Culture of Love.

Love is a commandment not an option or suggestion… for a reason.

Matthew 22:37-40 (NKJV)
Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

God is easy to love, people can be very difficult to love!

Q: How can a commandment be part of my culture?
A: It isn’t! It’s the culture of God’s Kingdom where our citizenship resides.

John 17:15-16 (NKJV)
I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.

Love is the culture (ordinary way of life) of heaven not of earth.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NKJV)
Love (Agape) suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails…
This what we do for each other and it passes away…
But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.

1 John 4:8 (NKJV)
He who does not love does not know God, for God is love (Agape).

Agapaō: verb, to welcome, to entertain, to be fond of, to love dearly
Agape: noun, affection, good will, love, benevolence, brotherly love

2. Friends are Our Culture.

Philos: adj, friend
Phileō: verb, to love or show signs of love

John 15:15 (NKJV)
No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.

As Christians we Agape everyone but need to have a few Philos we can live our lives with!

Jesus loved the whole world, enough to die for it, but He didn’t call everyone His friend…

Mark 8:27-29 (NKJV)
Now Jesus and His disciples went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi; and on the road He asked His disciples, saying to them, “Who do men say that I am?” 28 So they answered, “John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” 29 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ.”

Q: But did you know that friends are only human, and they will fail you at times?

Peter was Jesus’s friend, but he horribly failed Him when he denied him three times.

Let’s look at the last interaction between Peter and Jesus…

John 21:1-19 (NKJV)
After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. 4 But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?” They answered Him, “No.”
6 And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. 7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea. 8 But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from land, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish. 9 Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.” 11 Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are You?”—knowing that it was the Lord. 13 Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish. 14 This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead. 15 So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?”
He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.” 16 He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”
He said to him, “Tend My sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep. 18 Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.” 19 This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.”

No scripture better encapsulates to message on Kingdom culture this…

John 15:13 (NKJV)
Greater love (Agape) has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends (Philos).

That’s exactly what Jesus did for Peter and we know Peter was a true friend because in the end he laid down his life for Christ.

Peter may have failed Jesus, but Jesus never failed Peter and He will never fail you, but you must first call Him Christ, Lord, Savior before He can call you friend!

Here the real Good News…

Romans 5:8 (NKJV)
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Invitation for Salvation

Prayer for Salvation or Renewed Commitments

Jesus, how many times have I failed you? But you have never, not once, failed me. You loved me in my sinful state enough to die a cruel death on a cross that I deserved. But I’m not going to fail you today.

Romans 10:9-11 (NKJV)
… if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”

Today I confess you are Lord of lords and King of kings. I believe in my heart you died for me on that cross. I repent of all my sins. I want you to call me friend, just like you did Peter. Amen

Raise Hands if You Prayed That Prayer

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