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Praying Kingdom Prayers - Petition and Priority #6

Praying Kingdom Prayers Petition: Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtorsPriority: Reconciliation As Christ bore the burden of our sin on the cross, so we bear one another's burdens fulfilling the law of Christ, and discovering the joy of life together. We are learning to pray in the heart of our Savior Jesus Christ. He is a reconciling God who acts, prays and ru...

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Learning, Receiving and Giving Forgiveness

In April Christ Church is beginning a six week Adult Life Group on "Learning, Receiving and Giving Forgiveness." The Triune God is a peacemaking and reconciling God. The apostle Paul writes about the Lord Jesus Christ, "And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the...

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Praying Kingdom Prayers - Petition and Priority #5

Praying Kingdom Prayers Petition Priority #5 Petition: Give us this day our daily bread Priority: Generosity We belong to Christ and everything he gives us is his to meet our needs and to be given through us to others. As we learn to pray with the heart of Jesus we learn his priority on generosity. We pray this petition that we and others will make him our trust. Our ...

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Praying Kingdom Prayers Petition & Priority #4

Petition: Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven Priority: Obedience The life of the church is one of union with Christ in doing the will of the Father. In Matthew 26:36-45 Jesus goes to the Garden of Gethsemane prior to his death. In his praying to the Father he prays three times, 'Your will be done.' This is the expression of the Father's pleasure for the Son, ...

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The Missionary God and His Missionary Church

God is on mission to glorify his name in all the earth among all the peoples of the earth, and we're invited to join him. Dr. John Piper writes, "Missions exists because worship doesn't." (John Piper, Let the Nations Be Glad). God who inspired the text, "Let the peoples praise thee, O God; let all the peoples praise thee! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy!" (Ps.67:3...

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Praying Kingdom Prayers - Petition and Priority #3

Petition: Your kingdom comePriority: Evangelism God's coming kingdom is evidenced by the conversion of sinners. In this petition we are praying for the unlimited rule of God within his people. We are praying that God will expel us and all people from the rule of Satan's kingdom, self rule, fear rule, and the rule of false hopes. We are praying that God will rule in our h...

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The Cross of Jesus Christ

The cross of Jesus Christ is the intersection of the wisdom, justice, and mercy of God. If a person wants to know what the Scriptures mean when they say, "God is love." (1Jn.4:8), then they can look to the cross of Christ. The overarching aim in all of the apostle Paul's preaching was Christ and him crucified (1 Cor.2:2), and it should be the overarching aim of every preac...

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The Jesus Storybook Bible, A Story of God’s Love

We and the children of our church need to know we're loved first. Rules don't have the power to change your heart, but God's love will. When our hearts are changed then we will fulfill the law of love to God and our neighbors. Our children come into this world in sin and spend all their time malfunctioning as image bearers. But when their humanity is changed by the love of...

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Praying Kingdom Prayers, Petition & Priority #2

Petition: Hallowed be Your NamePriority: Worship The Triune God is the Lord who is to be worshiped in all. We draw near the throne of grace with confidence as children of promise and our hearts cry to him in reverence. He is holy, holy, holy, how majestic is his name. In this petition we should praise him, but most importantly it is a petition where we are pleading with ...

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Praying Kingdom Prayers: Petition & Priority #1

Petition #1 Our Father in heaven, The Gospel Priority We are children of God by Faith in Christ Jesus, children of promise and heirs of his life. Our prayer begins with a gospel priority. Before all other matters we begin with the reality that we are children of God the Father and the rightful heirs of his kingdom. Our boldness in coming near to God in humble prayer is ...

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