Eyes to See God’s Kingdom

Luke 14:15-24

*1. Celebration of the Kingdom*
- John 1:18
- John 16:14
- John 17:4-5

"The life of the Trinity is characterized not by self-centeredness but by mutually self-giving love. When we delight and serve someone else, we enter into a dynamic orbit around him or her, we center on the interests and desires of the other.”
-Tim Keller

"In Christianity God is not an impersonal thing nor a static thing—not even just one person—but a dynamic pulsating activity, a life, a kind of drama, almost, if you will not think me irreverent, a kind of dance…. [The] pattern of this three-personal life is…the great fountain of energy and beauty spurting up at the very center of reality.”
- C.S. Lewis

- 2 Peter 1:3-4

*2. Invitation to the Kingdom*
- Ps. 78:19-20
- Ps. 34:8
- Ps. 23:5-6

"If you organize your life around your own wants, other people become objects for the satisfaction of your own desires. Everything is coldly instrumental.”
-David Brooks

- John 6:35, 37-40

*3. Participation in the Kingdom*
- Matt. 5:3

"Salvation lies not in an escape from this world but in the transformation of this world…. You will not find hope for the world in any of the religious systems or philosophies of humankind…. The Biblical vision is unique. That is why when some say there is salvation in other faiths too, I ask them—“What salvation are you talking about?” No faith holds out a promise of eternal salvation for the world—the ordinary world—that the cross and resurrection of Jesus do.”
- Vinoth Ramachandra