We invite you to take the content of our Sunday Morning worship hour, and respond with a friend, your family, or your LIFEgroup each week. This is meant to be a guide for your discussions and can be used as a launching point or complete Study Outline. Feel free to choose all, many or even just one that will work best for your LIFEgroup.

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December 20th

Incarnation: Humility

Pastor Pete

November 15th

God is...Just

Pastor Pete

October 11th

God is...Compassionate

Pastor Pete

December 13th

Incarnation: Proclaim

Pastor Pete

November 8th

God is...Forgiving

Pastor Pete

October 4th

God is...Yahweh, Yahweh

Pastor Pete

December 6th

Incarnation: Dwell

Pastor Nicki

November 1st

God is...Abounding in Love

Pastor Pete

November 29th

Incarnation: Pursue

First Sunday of Advent

October 25th

God is...Slow to Anger

Pastor Pete

November 22nd

as for me. and my house.

Ethan Crist

October 18th

God is...Gracious

Pastor Pete

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SUNDAY, JAN. 17th 

Citizens of Heaven: Jesus is Lord and King

Pastor Pete Maclauchlan

First of the Series

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Citizens of heaven see Jesus not only as savior, but as Lord & King, trusting Him with all of our life. Urgent distracts from what’s Important. Often a distraction is something urgent that takes the place of something more important. 2020 has been very distracting. It seems that every day, every moment, some world changing, ground breaking thing is happening and we’re forced to think about it, respond to it, or stress about it. While there is necessity and beauty in living in the moment, the danger is being distracted from things that are more important, things that transcend the moment, things that influence how you should think about & respond to the urgent things in the moment.
So what is the “more important” we’re being distracted from? - What’s more important, is who you really are.

You are a citizen of heaven...
Jesus died, rose again, and ascended into Heaven and this is not just something we believe, it is a truth that has changed the
essence of our lives and the future of the world. As followers of Jesus, we live and work here on earth for now, but our citizenship is in Heaven.

If we are truly heavenly minded, eyes fixed on Jesus & the hope of eternity, it transforms everything about how we live on earth.
The problem is....we can get mixed up about what living as a citizen of heaven looks like & is all about.

Declare with your mouth, Jesus is Lord & believe in your heart God raised him from the dead, you are saved, a citizen of heaven.
However, just as the oath to US citizenship is both a one time act & lifelong commitment, it’s the same with heavenly citizenship.
What exactly are we declaring, committing, believing?

When you become a follower of Jesus, when you declare Jesus is Lord, you are saying Jesus has power & authority over all of
your life, He is your King, & you submit everything to Him. This is how we become citizens and how we live as citizens... We believe Jesus as not only the one who came to save me from my sins, but he came to be King & Lord of my life.

Humanity has a problem with Kings, with Lords, with authority. We don’t like the idea that we are not our own, we want to be our
own, we don’t like being told what to do. This is the basic compulsion of every human heart.

Our issue with kings, lords, & authority, is we don’t want them; we don’t like being told what to do; we don’t think we need a king
We tend to believe we can live & flourish with an empty throne.

The king/authority meant to sit on the throne of your heart is God. God is saying, trust me, listen to me, obey me, I am your King. You need a king & if you don’t find the right one, another will climb up, you’ll worship it, & that king will poison your life & destroy you. Jesus died for sinners, for enemies, for those who reject His kingship & authority... no other king, lord, or ruler would do that. No one else you let climb on the throne of your life would do that. In Jesus’ sacrificial death He proves He’s the king you can trust.

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Scripture to read.

“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” (Philippians 3.20-21)

 

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6.24)

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  (Romans 10.9)

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questions to ask.

The one who sits on your throne is who you follow, listen, adore. We care about & pursue what’s best for the one on the throne
If we say Christ is our Lord & King, then what are the competing things in your life that are challenging Jesus’ authority?

How do we reconcile our seemingly dual citizenship?

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What are the things that have louder voices in your life, what are the things that motivate you more than Jesus? (Money,
possessions, politics, your plans, reputation, caring what other people think about you, your family, your work...)

Take a few moments to clear your mind, and ask God to search your heart and reveal if there is something competing for the throne of your heart. Is there something that noticeably excites you more? You are more likely to defend or sacrifice for? Write it down. Share it with someone you trust.

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Jesus can’t be just Lord on Sunday, but not on Monday... Lord in church, but not Lord online... or Lord when you feel like it and not when you don’t.

Is there an area of your life that you haven't let him into, and Lord of? Lordship implicates obedience in all areas of our lives.

Take another moment to do a "heart-check".

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application | challenge.

What is God speaking to you about?

What is He calling you to do?

We would love to hear your highlights from this discussion so please email us at office@avonwesleyanchurch.com or text us at 585-622-4575.

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additional activities & resources.

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questions for families with kids.

Talk as a family about how we become citizens of heaven? Then take this opportunity to pray and invite Him in your lives and home again.

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What is one example of how someone might live out their citizenship of heaven? How would that situation be different when we act like we are the kings of our own lives?

What is one way your family can show how Jesus is the King of your lives and home? What might change this week?

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Look up the Original Music Video of Tauren Wells' "Citizen of Heaven" song. Talk about what lyrics stand out to you.

What do you think about our current events and the struggle of being citizens of heaven while living as American Citizens?

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What are the things that have louder voices in your life, what are the things that motivate you more than Jesus? (Money,
possessions, politics, your plans, reputation, caring what other people think about you, your family, your work...)

Take a few moments to clear your mind, and ask God to search your heart and reveal if there is something competing for the throne of your heart. Is there something that noticeably excites you more? You are more likely to defend or sacrifice for? Write it down. Share it with someone you trust.

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What is God talking to you about? What are you going to change this week, to live out transformation He wants to bring?

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questions for awc youth.

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