UALC
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Sermon Series

The Kingdom-Focused Church

August 20-September 24, 2017

The kingdom of God is the rule and reign of God in a broken world. We believe that God is at work bringing his Kingdom into the world through the work of Christ, the empowering of the Spirit and the presence of the church. When we, as a church, begin to understand our identity and purpose in light of Jesus’ teaching about the kingdom, it changes everything about us. This series will walk through Jesus’ teachings in the Sermon on the Mount to give us a glimpse of how a “Kingdom-Focused Church” functions in the world. We’ll learn that as we look for God’s rule and reign we will sacrificially love outsiders, humbly preach right-living, graciously pursue justice and gladly endure suffering. Join us for this powerful series that will help us imagine together what focusing on God’s coming kingdom will mean for us!
 

What is the Kingdom of God and Why Should We Care?

David White, Pastor Dave Mann, Pastor Jeff Morlock, Andrew Fuller preaching
Seeing Jesus, ourselves and the world in light of the truth of the kingdom will correct us and encourage us in powerful ways!
 
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The Kingdom-Focused Church Sacrificially Loves Outsiders

Aaron Thompson preaching
We learn from the sermon on the mount that those who are "outsiders" in this world are at the heart of the Kingdom of God.
 
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Matthew 5:2-5  
 

The Kingdom-Focused Church Humbly Preaches Right-Living

Joe Valentino preaching
We must be ever-expanding our picture of right-living, owning our short-comings and striving to live for God fully and completely, in a way that will help us to know Him.
 
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Matthew 5:6, 8  
 

The Kingdom-Focused Church Graciously Pursues Justice

Pastor Brodie Taphorn preaching
We work to bring more and more of the world under the rule and reign of God by pursuing justice, but we do it with grace - leaving room for God to judge - and with hope - knowing that the battle we are fighting is already won.
 
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Matthew 5:7, 9  
 

The Kingdom-Focused Church Gladly Endures Suffering

Pastor Buff Delcamp preaching
We need to re-think our definitions of success, our hopes as Christians and as a church, and our vision of what God is doing in the world. This might cost us a lot.
 
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Matthew 5:10-11  
 

Conclusion: How UALC is Embracing a Kingdom-Focus

David White, Pastor Dave Mann, Pastor Jeff Morlock, Andrew Fuller preaching
Giving up the OK to pursue the amazing is an awesome privilege. Join us!
 
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Matthew 13:44-46