Happy 32nd Anniversary, Westheights Community Church! We had a special anniversary service today, with five speakers! Todd Lester introduced and concluded the service, while Charlene Neuman (Pastor of Children’s Ministries) spoke on Helping Children Find and Follow Jesus, Tom and Gillian Fenske (Co-Pastors of Student Ministries) spoke on Helping Students Find and Follow Jesus, and Devon Wagler (Associate Pastor) spoke on Helping Adults Find and Follow Jesus.
To view the videos associated with the special speakers’ messages, click here.
The following notes are from Todd’s portion of his message.
WHAT ON EARTH IS GOD DOING AT WESTHEIGHTS?
HE IS BUILDING A KINGDOM IN THE PEOPLE
“God has now revealed to us His mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill His own good pleasure. And this is the plan: At the right time He will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.” Ephesians 1:9-10
“Jesus answered, ‘My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.’” John 18:36
“And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:14
HOW IS GOD BUILDING HIS KINGDOM?
HE IS BUILDING A KINGDOM THROUGH THE PEOPLE
“For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building.” 1 Corinthians 3:9
“And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to Himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to Him. …So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making His appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, ‘Come back to God!’” 2 Corinthians 5: 18, 20
“Here is another illustration Jesus used: ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches.’” Matthew 13:31-32
HOW CAN I BE A KINGDOM BUILDER?
1. Make It Your Focus
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:33
“For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Romans 14:17
2. Pray For Its Growth
“May Your kingdom come soon. May Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10
“…And they lay their crowns before the throne and say, ‘You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For You created all things, and they exist because You created what You pleased … And they sang a new song with these words: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals and open it. For you were slaughtered, and Your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. And you have caused them to become a Kingdom of priests for our God. And they will reign on the earth.’” Revelation 4:10b-11; 5:9-10