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Testimony of the King and the Kingdom (14 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Kingdom
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
Matthew 3:17-4:11, 6:33
This week, we are going to study the power of story. Stories can birth beliefs, change nations, and capture hearts. God reveals so much about Himself through the story of His people. The story of our lives is really ''His story'' (history) because it reveals who He is.
Sometimes we think of a testimony only as a person's conversion experience or as something amazing and extraordinary that God did. But a testimony is the remembering and retelling of who God is, what He is like, and the things He does. God's story - what He is doing and has done in our lives, both the big things and the things that might feel small - has incredible power to release the Kingdom of Heaven here on Earth.
Main Scripture: Matthew 3:17-4:11, 6:33
EQUIP: Testimony of Jesus is the Ultimate Example of Kingdom Living.
Teaching Point 1: The Father Declares the Son (Matthew 3:17)
Think about a time when you had someone important in your life talk about you and encourage you in front of other people. Maybe it was the first time a teacher acknowledged you for doing something well, or maybe one of your parents said something great about you to someone else. What did this declaration do for your confidence? How did it make you feel? Did you feel accepted, loved, and empowered?
The Father declared Jesus' worth and value before He did anything to earn it. The NIV says, ''This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased'' (MATTHEW 3:17).
The NLT puts it like this: ''This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy''(MATTHEW 3:17).
When the Father said this, Jesus was not a child or a teenager - He was 30 years old! If Jesus needed to hear this life-giving message, how much more do we need to hear it? We need to hear these empowering words daily if we are going to walk as Jesus did. We constantly need to go to God to hear what He says ...
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