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196885_120491338028496_6089533_nOur church is a multicultural group of people that form a family called Brentwood Park Alliance Church.  We believe that God loves everyone, has shown his love for us through Jesus Christ, and wants to help us live more meaningful and fulfilling lives.  We would love to have you visit our church on a Sunday or drop in to one of the activities that we have during the week.

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Don Dyck                                           Ron Hunka

Lead Pastor                                      Associate Pastor


Brentwood Park Alliance Church

1410 Delta Avenue, Burnaby, BC, Canada, V5B 3G2

Telephone: 604.291.1635

Email: office@brentwoodchurch.ca

Find the most recent study notes and audio of Sunday studies below:

October 15, 2017 – Reign in the Forecast

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Speaker: Don Dyck

Study Series: The Jesus School of Prayer

Study 4: Reign in the Forecast

Scripture: (all Scripture links go to BibleGateway.com)

audio

Link to Podcast

Question for reflection

  • How and when did you learn to pray?
    • we tend to pray like those who have had a significant influence in our spiritual growth and development
      • parents, friends, church leaders, etc.

The purpose of this study series on prayer → to learn how to pray the “Jesus way” – in the Jesus school of prayer

  • Prayer that connects with the living God in such away that we hear from him and join him in what he is doing
  • Two places in the gospel accounts of Jesus’ teaching on prayer
    • Luke 11:1-13
      • context: in response to a request by the disciples to teach them to pray
    • Matthew 6:5-15
      • context: within the teaching of his disciples on how to live as his followers
  • Much of Jesus’ teaching took place in the course of ordinary life
    • the way to pray that he taught his disciples contains and reflects much of that teaching
    • as a way to pray it was not intended to set out words to be repeated or a strict model to be followed but rather an orientation toward God and life that would deeply influence how we pray
    • praying this way is part of our larger ongoing journey through life and grows out of our relationship with God along the way

A brief review of our study so far

  • The importance of starting out right
    • to whom are we praying?
  • God himself is the focus of our praying and in particular are the first three petitions
    • Hallowed be your name…
    • Your kingdom come…
    • Your will be done…
  • Two things in particular to note on these three petitions:
    • It’s God himself who makes this happen
      • i.e., “Make your name hallowed… make your kingdom come… make your will to be done…”
      • God is the chief actor in accomplishing his work – we are participants in what he is doing
    • The phrase “on earth as it is in heaven” sets the tone and context for all three petitions
  • The second petition – “your kingdom come” – is at the heart and center of the prayer and puts into perspective everything else we pray for

What does it mean to pray “your kingdom come… on earth as it is in heaven?”

  • Understanding the significance of the “kingdom of God”
    • Central to the mission and message of Jesus
    • Much of his teaching focused on what the kingdom of God was like as well as addressing misconceptions that were held
      • What might be some misconceptions of the “kingdom of God” that are held today?
        • our own understanding of kings and kingdoms based on our experience in our time
        • a truncated understanding of the gospel
          • being saved has come to mean “going to heaven when you die”
          • has resulted in an understanding of the kingdom of heaven as place where you go when you die (rather than hell)
            • *Note:   the contrast in the Bible is not between heaven and hell but between heaven and earth
    • The kingdom of God as the focal point of history
      • the ultimate purpose of God to establish his reign – his rule – on earth as it is in heaven
        • What it means to live within a larger unfolding narrative
          • history as God’s ongoing interaction with this world and his people
        • Two aspects of the kingdom of God
          • the “already” and the “not yet”
        • The ultimate fulfillment of the kingdom of God comes on “the day of the Lord”
        • Three words used with reference to Jesus’ return
          • parousia  “presence”
          • epiphaneiai  “appearing”
          • apocalupsis  “unveiling”
    • “The presence of the kingdom cannot be separated from the presence of the King. The kingdom is wherever the King is.” (Darrell W. Johnson, Fifty-Seven Words that Change the World)
  • Actively praying “your kingdom come… on earth as it is in heaven”
    • Living under the rule of the King is a prerequisite
    • Actively seeking and participating in the establishment of the kingdom of God here in our part of the earth in our times
      • Four characteristics of the kingdom of God
        • seeking ways to get involved in their becoming a reality in our world:
          • inclusiveness
          • compassion
          • wholeness
          • justice

Study Questions for Personal Follow-Up and Group Discussion

1) Connecting with Your Story

  • How and when did you learn how to pray?
  • Who were the primary teachers and / or influencers in that regard?
  • How does the way you pray today continue to be influenced by them?
  • How, and why, have you changed (if at all) over time in the way you pray?

2) Quick Review

  • Looking back at your notes from this week’s study, was there a particular point, verse or comment that caught your attention, challenged you, or raised a question?

3) Digging Deeper

  • a. Read Matthew 4:17,23; 9:35; Mark 1:14; Luke 4:43; 8:1; 9:1-2,11.  The kingdom of God was central to the mission and message of Jesus.
    • What has been your understanding of the “gospel” – the “good news” of Jesus?
    • What do these verses have to say about that and how does that affect (change?) the way you think about the gospel?
    • How does what is conveyed in these verses about the mission and message of Jesus affect how we go about “evangelizing” – proclaiming the “gospel”, the good news about Jesus?
  • b. Read Matthew 13:1-52. Jesus used parables to describe what the kingdom of God was like. In this chapter Jesus tells six particular parables where he starts out by saying, “The kingdom of God is like…” Read, study and reflect on these parables to determine what we can learn about the kingdom of God from them
  • c. Read Acts 1:1-11. Even after having been with Jesus for close to three years, having witnessed his death and resurrection and heard his teaching on the kingdom of God and their (Israel’s) place in the course of the kingdom coming into being on earth, his disciples still do not fully grasp the larger picture of the kingdom (see verse 6).
    • Where are we possibly missing the point of the kingdom of God today and what corrections do we need to make to our way of thinking about the kingdom of God?

4) Taking It Home

  • How does your understanding of the kingdom of God inform how you pray?
  • How has your thinking of the kingdom of God been challenged and perhaps changed as a result of this week’s study?
  • How does that affect and / or change the way you pray?