Would You Like Some Change? / Day 2

BIBLE READING

Matthew 4: 23

Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and illness among the people.

Matthew 9: 35

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and illness.

Matthew 24: 14

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

REFLECTION

Over these summer months we’ve been doing a teaching series on miracles in CCV. The foundation of what we believe about miracles and healing are these Biblical truths about God:

  • He is all-powerful;
  • He is always good;
  • He loves every person passionately; and,
  • He longs to take our fallen world, and the pain and brokenness of our lives, and make all things new.

With the coming of Jesus into our world 2000 years ago, God’s Kingdom broke in. Jesus’ ministry began with the announcement:

“The time has come,’ he said. ‘The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1: 15)

Jesus continually spoke about the Kingdom of God and demonstrated what it looked like through healing, deliverance, compassion, miracles such as feeding the 5000, his power over nature, and in raising people back to life. These were signs or marks of God’s Kingdom, showing that Satan’s kingdom was being overthrown and ousted by the rule, power and authority of God.

Through Jesus’ perfect life, his sacrificial death on the cross and his grave shattering resurrection, Jesus won a decisive victory over Satan, sin, death and hell. Our enemy has been defeated and will one day be destroyed. Therefore God’s Kingdom has come, it is still coming, and one day, when Jesus returns, it will be consummated and all things will be restored and made new.

We now live in this in-between time, in the space between Jesus’ first coming and his second coming. Jesus has given his church, both power and authority to do what he did, to continue his ministry of extending his Kingdom here on earth.

As his church we have no other mandate, mission or purpose. We exist to bring glory to God by doing what Jesus did. We are a Kingdom people, called to proclaim and demonstrate the rule and reign of Jesus Christ throughout the earth. As scattered servants, we are empowered in our ordinary, everyday lives, to share the good news and do the wondrous works of Jesus.

The centrality of Jesus’ core message is encapsulated in how he taught us to pray:

“your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.”   

(Matt 6: 10)

 

Beach Baptisms : Sunday 27th August

If you have recently become a Christian or have never had a chance to get baptised then we would love to encourage you to do so. Beach Baptisms will take place on Portstewart Strand on Sunday 27th August at 1.30 pm, followed by a beach barbecue!

You can sign up online at causewaycoastvineyard.com/baptism. Registration for Baptism will remain open until Friday 18th August.