Kingdom Principle/Verse of the Week

ad_2009_cm_sac_kingdom_questIn case you missed the Sunday evening service, I wanted to underscore something Pastor Campbell introduced to us that is both exciting and helpful. Over the next eight weeks, we’re going to join together as a church in memorizing a key verse that ties in with a “Kingdom Principle,” a truth about the way God’s kingdom works.

We ask our children to memorize verses all the time. They do so in their Christian school, at AWANA, and in Sunday School. But we adults don’t memorize so much as a single verse in a given year (there are a few happy exceptions to that rule in our church). Hiding God’s Word in our hearts is like taking up a sharp sword that can hack away at the tangled vines of worldly thinking that often overgrow the pathways of our lives. It’s tantamount to shutting the mouth of Satan–silencing his wicked whispers. The bottom line is: we need to do it.

Making this a family affair will explode its power in your home. Quote the verse to your kids and let them tell you if you missed a word. Talk about what the verse and the principle means for you and your family in your particular circumstances.

Take this week’s Kingdom Principle (“God owns it all“), and the verse that goes with it (Psalm 50:10-12 “For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.”) as a case in point.

Maybe realizing that God owns your house may lead you and your family to use it for more of God’s purposes (like having your neighbors for dinner–even though their kids might track a little mud on the carpet). Maybe understanding that God owns the money you were planning to use for a new lawnmower will lead you to use some of it help your brother-in-law who lost his job. I don’t know, but you do.

Teach your children the principle and then tell them how–this week–specifically–you are going to live it out. Encourage them to do the same.

Maybe by the end of the summer we can all share the stories of God’s greatness as we sought to live out the principles of the Kingdom. This is a golden opportunity for you and your family. Don’t waste it!

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