Rev. Manson B. Johnson

By Rev. Manson B. Johnson
Special to the NNPA from Houston Forward Times

Matthew 16:19-21

Bible Fact: Jesus expects all of His disciples to demonstrate the authority and power of His kingdom as a witness to a weak and wicked world.

The Big Idea: To get Christian disciples to surrender their faith beyond the traditional to be offered the opportunity to engage with God without restrictions to do miraculous works that represent God.

In recent years a head coach divorced his wife of 26 years when he left coaching a college team to become head coach in the National Football League. He said he needed a wife while coaching on the college level for social functions and to show families that he would be looking out for their sons. In pro football, however, she was an unnecessary accouterment and a distraction to winning. He said winning football was his number one priority and his two sons second. How tragic!

In contrast to this, Tom Landry, former coach of the Dallas cowboys said, “The thrill of knowing Jesus is the greatest thing that ever happened to me … I think God has put me in a very special place, and He expects me to use it to His glory in everything I do … whether coaching football or talking to the press, I’m always a Christian … Christ is first, family second and football third.”—Source Unknown.

God made Tom Landry a winner not just on the football field. Tom Landry had impact and expressed influence among people everywhere. He was a man that used authority and power well. Tom Landry knew he was a kingdom kid! He accepted it and wore it well in public and everything he did. What about you?

A king for a kingdom

  1. A king has power to rule.
  2. A king has people under his rule.
  3. A king has a territory (domain) to rule.
  4. A king has possessions, assets and spoils within his kingdom to share with his citizens.
  5. A king is responsible how his kingdom is operated.
  6. A king is responsible for the protection of his kingdom.

Jesus Christ is our King.

  1. Christians are citizens of Jesus Christ made to inherit His royalty. I Peter 2:9,10
  2. Christians become citizens under the rule of Jesus Christ by the spiritual birth to enter His kingdom. John 3:3,5
  3. Christians have dominion within the territory (domain) of Jesus Christ by faith as we follow Him. Romans 5:1
  4. Christians are given the power of Jesus Christ to possess His authority. Acts 1:8, Philippians 3:9,10
  5. Christians are enriched with abundance because of their heavenly relationship with Jesus Christ. Philippians 4:19

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