The Bridge Ministry

On Tuesday, I had the honor to preach at The Bridge Ministry in downtown Nashville.   We have partnered with The Bridge since 2006.  I am so thankful for their faithful presence for Christ to the homeless of our city.   

This ministry feeds these friends and treats them with dignity and inclusion into the church.  Thank you for your faithfulness, Bridge Ministry!

The right mountain for the right Kingdom

We learned on Sunday from Hebrews 12 that the Kingdom of God is no longer in the realm of fear, intimidation, and separation. The symbol of the Kingdom of God is not the first mountain, where even Moses was afraid.

“Instead, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God (the heavenly Jerusalem), to myriads of angels, a festive gathering, to the assembly of the firstborn whose names have been written in heaven, to a Judge, who is God of all, to the spirits of righteous people made perfect (Hebrews 12:22-23).”

A festive gathering!

The Kingdom of God is enjoyable!

It is for everyone.

It is not too hard.

This joyful realm happens when we die to ourselves and let Christ resurrect within us.

Rules or People?

When Jesus healed a woman who had been sick 18 years, the leader of the synagogue (the Senior Pastor), was angry because of the breaking of sabbath rules. In that case, rules were more important than people.
 
Jesus demonstrates to us a different way of valuing individuals.
 
I hope we all keep looking to Jesus as our standard of care. While rules can be necessary, a useful one enhances the common good without restricting human flourishment.
 
The Kingdom of God is a renewing reality.
The Kingdom of God is about renewing people!

People of the present and future Kingdom

“The kingdom of God” is a big theme for Jesus.
In the ESV translation, “kingdom” is mentioned 126 times in the Gospels.
 
What is the Kingdom of God?
The Kingdom of God is the reign of God.
 
Through Jesus,
The kingdom is already here.
The kingdom is not yet fully here.
 
So as God’s people, we are what Michael Green wrote:
 
“…people of the future living in the land of the present.”
 
That’s us!

Drink in Scripture

Nothing gets you out of an emotional funk like the right Scripture.
There is nothing like it.

My Bible reading plan had me in 2 Corinthians yesterday, and the truths from those passages built my faith, corrected wrong thinking, and lifted me emotionally.

It was like finally drinking water after a binge on sodas.  I was feeling bad but did not crave the one thing that would improve my entire system.  So, find a New Testament passage or Psalm, and drink it in.