Passport - Introduction
What is your citizenship?
You can either be born as a citizen or naturalized as one
You can't be born as a Christian or naturalized as a Christian; you must be SUPER-naturalized as a Christian
Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”
“What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?”
Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit."
Have you been born again? Have you been SUPER-naturalized?!
Always thank the Father. For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.
There are 2 spiritual kingdoms - The kingdom of darkness and the Kingdom of Light - We are all born into the first and must be reborn into the second
After becoming a new citizen, we must become at home in our new country or kingdom and that process is called assimilation
And assimilation is neither easy, nor is it quick because we were fully at home or assimilated into our old country or kingdom
Assimilation - unlearning certain habits and patterns and priorities and learning new habits and patterns and priorities
- Like a new language - The language of the Bible, of prayer, of praise
- Like a new way of life - Giving instead of taking, blessing instead of cursing, forgiving instead of retaliating, trusting instead of panicking
- Like a new community - It's not just me or me and my family anymore; it's me and my people - God's people, the Church of Jesus Christ
We have not truly grasped the full authority of Jesus our King or the expansiveness of His church until we realize that we have more in common with the Christian in Iran than our unbelieving next-door neighbor. The gospel redirects the hopes we too often pin on our country by giving us a bigger people and a better story. Our first and ultimate citizenship is the global people of God, people from every tribe, tongue, and nation who bow the knee to King Jesus.
We don't just vote for a president, we bow before a KING!
This Is Our Time by Trevin Wax
Are you assimilating into the Kingdom of God?
4. Passport: A Believer's Guide to the Kingdom of God by Tim Davidson