Kingdom Effects

by Rev. Sean Finnegan on August 7, 2016
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1 Peter 1:3-5 As opposed to a dead hope, we have a living hope that should affect us in the present. This hope is available to us because of Christ’s resurrection. It is not fragile but imperishable, undefiled, unfading, and reserved in heaven. Your faith activates almighty God’s power to guard and preserve you for that day!

Mark 14:27-42
Sadly, most people (at least in America) believe in the ancient Greek philosopher Plato’s theory of the immortality of the soul over what the Bible teaches us: that the dead are asleep until resurrection. By comparing the last moments of Socrates’ life vs. Jesus’, we can observe the stark contrast between evacuationism and restorationism.

Afterlife Options
1. Evacuation (72% of Americans)
2. Reincarnation (Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs)
3. Annihilation (atheists, agnostics, non-religious)
4. Restoration (some Christians, Muslims, and Jews)

1 Peter 1:3-7, 13-17
If this hope is living in you, then it should change you. Here are eight Kingdom effects:
1. Help you get through trials and suffering
2. Your body matters; part of God’s design
3. What you believe and do determines your destiny
4. Creation itself is good and lasting (stewardship)
5. Understand God’s heart, His dream for the world
6. Understand Jesus’ identity as Messiah
7. Allegiance to God’s Kingdom over other nations
8. Called to live the Kingdom lifestyle now as a witness

Do you have a Kingdom worldview? Are you with Socrates or Jesus? Does the Kingdom affect how you live? As Kingdom citizens, we are not supposed to think and live like everyone else.

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