Lord, now indeed I find thy power and thine alone,
can change the leper’s spots and melt the heart of stone.
Jesus Paid It All, by Elvina M. Hall, 1865
The Bible proclaims and calls for the spread of God's kingdom. However, how it spreads, and particularly, how it should spread has been a matter of debate and sometimes debacle. Plenty of theological errors related to the kingdom of God have led to grave consequences. The crusades, for example, are low hanging fruit. More recently, you could add Reconstructionism and several abuses related to Patriarchy to that list.
This Sunday we will ask how the kingdom spreads. It should come as no surprise that it's mainly by changed hearts and not by military action, political wrangling, or activism. Our worship service will call us to focus on lifting up our hearts first and foremost. We will confess that the Lord directs the kingdom by spreading light in darkness. But mainly, we are reminded that the kingdom of peace takes hold by breaking up the hard and stony ground of the heart.
Worship Notes For Sunday, July 5, 2020 at Christ Covenant Church, Matthews, NC