Week 31: Friday

The Kingdom of God is God’s sovereign intent to re-establish his rule and authority in this world, and to do so through the redemptive work of his Son, Jesus of Nazareth. This effort to “make things new” again is the core biblical teaching of Jesus and the ultimate point of reference on the meaning of life, under God’s rule. The Kingdom Story was the heart of Jesus’s teaching, and is the central focus of biblical theology. Truly, the story of Scripture, and of all creation, is the victory of God’s Kingdom through Jesus Christ.

Fear is the easiest response to the world around us. Threats of violence, war, injustice, poverty, and disaster press on us from every front. It is extremely important for us then to affirm the victory of God’s Kingdom through Jesus Christ. There is more going on than simply the events happening around the world. God is at work through his people, and his Kingdom is advancing. Be of good courage, brothers and sisters. Jesus is Lord.

Holy Spirit, teach us to walk by faith and not by sight. Strengthen our hearts against fear and help us to stand courageously for Christ.

Friday: 2 Chron. 36.1-5; 2 Kings 23.31-24.4; Jer. 22.1-23; Jer. 26

Weekly Reflection on the Priesthood of all Believers
As such, our priesthood is meant to be integral to our self-identity and more fundamental to who we are than our occupational identity, ethnic identity, or nationality.

Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus
Enter the Priesthood of All Believers, 1 Peter 2.4-10

Book Reading
Breslin, Embracing Our Priestly Nature at Work

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