Previous Page

Stand-alone Sermon

Nov 08, 2020 | Randy Gunter

A Biblical Worldview during Troubled Times in the U.S.

A Biblical Worldview during Troubled Times in the U.S.

As the political and cultural chaos continues to unfold in the U.S., it is more evident that our hope rests totally, securely, and exclusively in Jesus, the King of Glory, who founded our heavenly citizenship.

For the kingdom of God is …of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. (Romans 14:17 ESV)

Living in God’s kingdom doesn’t mean that we forgo longing for and working towards the truths that we hold as self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness as stated in the Declaration of Independence.

What is the kingdom of God? Generally, the kingdom of God is his sovereign rule and reign over all things. (Psalm 103:19; Romans 13:1)

Specifically, God provides perfect rule and reign through Jesus Christ for those who are given citizenship in the kingdom of God by faith.

  • Jesus Christ will physically reign in his millennial rule on earth (Micah 4; Revelation 20).
  • Jesus Christ completes our salvation in the kingdom in heaven (Philippians 1:6)
  • Until then, Jesus Christ spiritually rules over the hearts and lives of those who submit to him.

13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:13-14 ESV)

In the kingdom of God: the enemy is defeated, Jesus reigns, righteousness rules, peace prevails, joy abounds, living is fruitful, and glory fills.

When our country has lost its way, the American experiment is tested, and division threatens great chasms of separation, we don't run from the trouble; we encourage people to run into the kingdom of God. Imagine the real hope of a nation whose citizens' hearts Jesus rules, and righteousness, peace, joy, fruitfulness, and glory flow freely and fully.

Church and State:

Government is God's gift to humanity. It is a means of God for good to protect the innocent.

Governments fail to fulfill their God-given responsibility. “Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants.” (Benjamin Franklin) We are experiencing chaos and brokenness in our country, the unavoidable results of denying or rejecting God and his word. For example:

  • Lawlessness comes when culture and the government reject the moral laws of God.
  • Meaningful life for all citizens is only possible when culture and the government believe that all life is sacred.
  • The fullness of peace is only possible when people have the Prince of Peace ruling and reigning in their hearts.

Though governments fail the mandate of God, churches must succeed in our mission. The church is uniquely called and empowered by God to express the kingdom of God.

  1. Pray for a spiritual awakening to the kingdom of God and communicate the gospel, pointing people to Jesus.
  2. Individually, demonstrate a life of righteousness, peace, joy, fruitfulness, and glory in Christ.
  3. Corporately, the church should demonstrate kingdom living by:
    1. Living repentantly
    2. Following hard after Christ, seeking his kingdom first
    3. Honoring God's law
    4. Loving one another, pursuing peace, and living in unity
    5. Being fruitful
    6. Fearing not
    7. Denying ourselves to the honor of Christ
    8. Being prayerful
    9. Making disciples
    10. Serving one another, particularly the weak

Series Information

Stand-alone sermons from MeadowBrook

Other sermons in the series

Jun 02, 2019

Psalm 51

Dealing with sin can be difficult, but the world is watching. They way...

Jul 14, 2019

Know Him

While our physical eyes are important, the Bible talks about having...

Nov 24, 2019

Clarity in the Chaos

We are all broken people with different weaknesses. Our calling is to...

Mar 22, 2020

God's Hope in Crisis

There is no aspect or result of the Coronavirus crisis that escapes God...

Nov 15, 2020

The Chest of Joash

The church named MeadowBrook is the "Ecclesia." It is the gathered...

Feb 07, 2021

Finding Hope in Grief

It is human nature to anticipate and experience grief, even before the...

Feb 21, 2021

The Ark of Salvation

The story of Noah and the ark is a story that communicates the powerful...