Entering into the Kingdom of Heaven

12/30/2018

Journey through the Bible: Entering into the Kingdom of Heaven

Scripture Reading: Mark 9:35 "Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all." He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them. "Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me." #1085

Introduction: Last time we looked at Who Jesus says He is in His "I Am" statements. John 6-15 Today we look at entering into the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 19:16-20:16 #1058

Proposition: We are called to give ourselves over to Jesus.

T.S.: We see that some follow Jesus first in life, some last in life.

I. We are called to give up everything to follow Jesus to eternal life.

-Matthew 19:16-30 #1058

-Question posed to Jesus, what good thing must I do to be saved? Hosea 6:6 #969

-What must I check off in order to enter the kingdom of heaven? James 2 #1292

-One thing that is lacking, heart is not right with God.

-Idol is the possessions this person has. Matthew 6:19-24 #1041

-Disciples looking at blessings wrong, if rich can't be saved who can?

-Worldly possessions are temporary, the kingdom of Heaven is everlasting.

II. We are called to be a worker for the Lord.

-Matthew 20:1-16 #1058

-We must continue the work for our Lord because His payment is great.

-God calls each of us at different stages in our life.

-Let us rejoice when someone answers the call. Luke 15 #1122

-God's generosity is great, let us share it with the world.

Let us give up all our idols by seeking God first and work for Him always.