Thy Kingdom Come

July 28th, 2017 by

 In the “Lord’s Prayer” we ask for the “Kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven.”  In my study this week I found an interesting reflection on the 5 sets of parables in Matthew 13 and the petition for the coming of the Kingdom.

 

  1. What are we asking for in seeking His Kingdom to come?

      “The 5 sets of Kingdom parables have taught us at least this:

 

Your WORD come (the Sower, with understanding faith)

 

Your WAY come (the Wheat in the Weeds, with nonviolent love)

 

Your WORK come (the Seeds, with confident hope that Jesus’ “little” work will one day prove immense.)

 

Your WONDER come (the Gems, with the joy of grace and the abandon of obedience.)

 

Your WARNING come (the Net, with the seriousness of repentance.)

 

  1. To pray “Thy Kingdom Come,” then, is to pray that the gospel may be under-stood, lived out, hoped for, “bought up,” and taken seriously.”*

*Matthew, A Commentary – Volume 2: The Churchbook p.56, by Frederick Dale Bruner

 

In Matthew 6.33, Jesus said that the Kingdom of God should be our number one priority.  We are to seek it first above all else and then everything else will be added.  Right after I came to the Lord I discovered this verse.  And since I had done work in ‘values clarification’ this jumped out at me as Jesus’ number one priority for him and for us, and I began exploring the whole theme of the Kingdom of God.  I am excited to share some of my explorations this Sunday.

 

Blessings to you all!

Carl

About this author:

Carl Buffington

Carl Buffington, Rector

My ministry at New Covenant began in 1993. Barbara, my wife, and our 3 children moved here from Evergreen, CO, high and dry to low and wet, quite a change. I was brought up in the northeast, a suburb of New York, and Barbara grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia.

We met while I was attending The Philadelphia Divinity School in West Philadelphia where I received an M.Div. degree in 1972, and I was ordained a deacon and priest in the same year. I went to seminary directly from college. I earned an A.B. degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. For 5 years of my ministry I was a traveling evangelist, sharing the story of our Lord and his presence and power in a different church every weekend.

What I have always loved about New Covenant is the blending of the charismatic, the evangelical, and the sacramental aspects of the Faith. And what still gets me up in the morning is seeing people change, seeing people encounter the living Lord. I just love to see hearts changed by the Holy Spirit.
Education:

BA from the College of William & Mary 1969
MA in Divinity from the Philadelphia Divinity School 1972

Ordination:
Ordained in the Diocese of CT – Deacon and Priest 1972
Ordained and Consecrated a Bishop, Emissary to Boga Diocese, Democratic Republic of the Congo – 2015

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