Talks for the Men’s Advance

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Men's Advance

Marcus-J.-Serven-252x183This conference is going to be very rich! Check out the titles and descriptions below. I hope you can join us for the Men’s Advance (Feb. 27-28, 2015) here in Troy, Missouri. Take advantage of our “early bird” pricing by registering on or before Sunday, February 8.

—Pastor Marcus Serven

Key Bible Text:

“Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken…” Hebrews 12:28

Friday, February 27, 2015

Session #1 (7:00 PM), Marcus Serven – “The Kingdom of God: Its King”

Key Texts: Ps. 110:1-7; Isa. 9:6-7; Matt. 16:18-19; Col. 1:13-14; Rev. 19:16; Rev. 20:1-3

Description: In both the Old and New Testaments the reader of the Bible is introduced to the King of heaven and earth. In short, he is the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. How should we serve this King, and what confidence can we have in the on-going success of His realm? These questions will be addressed and applications made that demonstrate our allegiance to the King of kings and Lord of lords.

Session #2 (9:00 PM), Derek Carlsen – “The Kingdom of God: Its Subjects”

Key Texts: Jn. 3:3-7; Jn. 6:37; Jn. 10:27-30; Rom. 5:1; Matt. 5:17-20; Matt.11:12; Matt. 28:18-20

Description: We will look at who the subjects of the Kingdom are and how they become subjects, which will also touch upon the security of their position in the Kingdom. Vital to this section is the mission the King has entrusted to His subjects as well as how they know about and are to do this work.

Saturday, February 28, 2015 

Session #3 (8:30 AM), Derek Carlsen – “The Kingdom of God: Its Initiation”

Key Texts: Ps. 103:19; Matt. 3:2; Matt. 4:17; Matt. 10:7; Lk. 11:20; Lk. 16:16

Description: The initiation of the Kingdom will be explained in the light of both Testaments. The focus, however, will be upon Jesus’ teaching and the rest of the New Testament, which show that we are not waiting for this Kingdom to come.

Session #4 (10:45 AM), Marcus Serven –  “The Kingdom of God: Its Consummation”

Key Texts: Matt. 24:14; Matt. 24:29-31; Matt. 25:1-13; Matt. 25:31-46; Rev. 19:6-10; Rev. 21:1-4

Description: It is helpful to know that Christ’s kingdom is progressing toward its consummation. God’s plan cannot be diverted, thwarted, or undone. All events in the history of this world will progress as God has so ordained. This gives the Christian much confidence. Moreover, there awaits a reward and great blessing for those who have served the King and who long for His return.

Session #5 (1:30 PM), Derek Carlsen – “The Kingdom of God: Its Expansion and Growth”

Key Texts: Matt. 13:31-33; 1 Cor. 15:25; Isa. 11:9; Ezek. 47:1-12; Dan. 2:34-35

Description: While the Kingdom of God starts as something small, it doesn’t remain small but continues to grow and expand. It is important to allow God’s Word to instruct us about what to expect and how to recognize this expansion and growth or else the preconceived ideas of men will cloud our thinking.

Session #6 (3:45 PM), Marcus Serven  – “The Kingdom of God: Its Visibility and Invisibility”

Key Texts: Matt. 13:24-30, 36-43; Lk. 17:20-21; Lk. 18:15-17; Lk. 19:11-27; Ps. 22:27-31; Rev. 5:9-10

Description: Some Christians may wonder, “Where is the kingdom of God?” This is a legitimate question and it is one that Jesus specifically addressed. Our Lord teaches that the Kingdom of God is not always evident “with signs to be observed.” Yet, Jesus also teaches that his kingdom is steadily advancing through time and penetrating into every dark corner of the earth. Therefore, Christians can be optimistic about history, rather than pessimistic. The Lord gives us the sure and certain promise that in His kingdom all wrongs shall be righted, and all injustices shall be undone. This truth gives us confidence.