Each year, the Christian and Missionary Alliance build a theme for churches to use to emphasize the crucial role of missions. This year’s theme presents Jesus’ desire to awaken us to what it means to live in His Kingdom now so that this Kingdom will come in fullness when He returns.
We, North Ridge Church, have the privilege of hosting multiple C&MA International Workers over the course of the fall semester. We are very excited to see how God uses this theme of Awakening in our church family.
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.
The point of this year’s message boils down to this: Jesus wants to awaken us to what it means to live in His Kingdom now so that this Kingdom will come in fullness when He returns. As we join God in His plan to provide gospel access to all peoples, we commit to bringing about the day of the Coming King.
This idea, rooted in Matthew 24:14, is what first “awakened” our movement! Can it again today?
WAKE UP TO THE REALITY OF THE KINGDOM
Jesus basically said to His disciples (and to us), “This Kingdom will not happen soon because there’s a big age about to unfold. This is My Kingdom. I’m at work during this age and want you to join Me. Together we’ll see the good news of this Kingdom spread to all peoples and then the end will come.”
WAKE UP TO KINGDOM COME
Between the Kingdom promised and the Kingdom eternal is this long period of time called the Kingdom Come. Jesus tells us, “My Kingdom has come here on earth, and it’s going to spread to all peoples. Amid challenges and opposition, those transformed by the good news of this Kingdom will spread it to all people. Please wake up to this reality! I want it to be good for you when I return because you’ll be found living out My Kingdom ways and welcoming the day of My coming.”
WAKE UP TO KINGDOM LIVING
Matthew 24 and 25 unfold Jesus’ teaching about how to live now to help bring about the day of His coming. There are three ways to live now:
- Always Be Ready by living in love with and anticipating the Coming King
(Matthew 24:42–45—the thief in the night and 25:1–13—the wise and foolish virgins).
- Always Be Investing what He has put into your hands into those things that will be eternal
(Matthew 24:45–47—the good servant and 25:14–29—the parable of the talents).
- Always Be Serving because the Kingdom is love and people are precious
(Matthew 24:48–51—the evil servant and 25:31–46—the sheep and the goats).