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The Kingdom and the King

December 14, 2014 Speaker: Fred Greco Series: Luke

Topic: AM Service Passage: Luke 13:18–13:35

What is the Kingdom of God like? What can we compare it to? These are important questions that Jesus knows we have – so important that He asks them Himself! Jesus knows that we cannot experience salvation apart from the Kingdom, and that in order to enter the Kingdom we must submit to the King. But that is good and encouraging news for us. If we keep our focus on the Kingdom and the King, we will not only find the salvation we seek, but we will also understand the good news that the Kingdom continues to grow and that the King will be victorious. Do you hope for the growth of the Kingdom? Do you know that the gate of entrance is narrow? Do you weep those who refuse to enter the Kingdom? If so, then you will say “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” and you will seek “The Kingdom and the King” (Luke 13:18-35).

I. What is the Kingdom Like? (13:18-21)
A. The Kingdom Does Not Begin With Power
B. The Kingdom Grows

II. What is the Way into the Kingdom? (13:22-30)
A. The Way is Narrow
B. The Way is Not What We Expect

III. What is the King Like? (13:31-35)
A. The King is Determined
B. The King is Compassionate

Questions for consideration: (1) In what ways do you expect the Kingdom to serve your ends or desires? (2) Why is it important for us to realize that the way is narrow? How does that make us humble? How should that affect our service to Jesus? (3) What does Jesus’ determination say about His love for His people? How should it affect how we live?

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