16. February, 2020Sermon Notes No comments

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Scripture: Luke 11:1-4; Matt 6:9b-13

9bOur Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. 10Your Kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11Give us this day our daily bread. 12And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory forever. Amen.

 

1. Godward Address

A. Our Father
  • Reconciliation (Col 1:21)
  • Given Right (Jn 1:12)
  • Induced Repentance (Rom 2:4)
  • Great Love (1 Jn 3:1)

And you, who once were alienated and enemies… by wicked works… now He has reconciled (Col 1:21)

As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name. (Jn 1:12)

Do you show contempt for the riches of His kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you to repentance? (Rom 2:4)

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! (1 Jn 3:1)

B. In Heaven
  • God’s abode & throne (Is 66:1-2)
  • Place of perfection and power (Ps 115:3)

Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool… Has not My hand made all these things, and so they came into being? (Is 66:1-2)

Our God is in heaven; He does whatever pleases Him (Ps 115:3)

 

2. Godward Prayer

A. Hallowed be Your Name
  • Significance of God’s name

Let those also who love Your name be joyful in You. (Psa 5:11)

The name of the Lord is a strong tower. (Pro 18:10)

They that know Your name will put their trust in You. (Psa 9:10)

Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name. (Psa 96:8)

  • Primacy of the prayer

27Now My heart is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28Father, glorify Your name! I have glorified it, and will glorify it again. (Jn 12:27-28)

So whether I eat or drink or whatever I do, I do it all for the glory of God. (1 Cor 10:31)

B. Your Kingdom Come

Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. (Matt 6:33)

What is the Kingdom of God and how does it look like?

  • Generally, universal rule and absolute dominion over all things (1 Chr 29:11)
  • Specifically, sphere where God’s rule is acknowledged by believers (Mt 13:11; Mk 4:11)
  • Definitively, spiritual realm entered by regeneration (Jn 3:5)
  • Significantly, the everlasting Kingdom (2 Pet 1:11; Rev 11:15)

Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine; Thine is the Kingdom, O Lord, and Thou art exalted as Head above all  (1 Chr 29:11, KJV)

Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. (Jn 3:5)

The everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. (2 Pet 1:11, NKJV)

The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ. (Rev 11:15, KJV)

Westminster Shorter Catechism

We pray, that Satan’s kingdom may be destroyed;
and that the Kingdom of grace may be advanced,
ourselves and others brought into it,
and kept in it;
and that the Kingdom of glory may be hastened.

C. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven

i. Request for A Spirit of Obedience

  • Earnestly ask God for wisdom to learn His will (Ps 119:27, 33)
  • Diligently seek for spiritual inclination to God’s will (Ps 119: 32, 36)
  • Desperately invoke God’s strength to do His bidding (Ps 119:25, 28)

Let me understand the teaching of Your precepts… Teach me, O Lord, to follow Your decrees. (Ps 119:27, 33)

I run in the path of Your commands, for You have set my heart free… Turn my heart toward Your statutes. (Ps 119:32, 36)

… preserve my life according to Your word… strengthen me according to Your Word. (Ps 119:25, 28)

ii. Statement of Obedience

… they are before the throne of God and serve Him day and night in His Temple. (Rev 7:15)

  • Sweetens our submission to God’s will
  • Shows reasonableness of obedience to God (Ps 103:20)
  • States norm for life (Col 1:9-10; 4:12)
  • Teaches what and how to do it

Praise the Lord, you His angels, you mighty ones who do His bidding, who obey His word. (Ps 103:20)

For this cause we … do not cease to pray for you … That you might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing… that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. (Col 1:9-10; 4:12)

 

 

By: Rev. Peter Lui

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