We dug the hole. Jesus built the bridge.
The Kingdom is come and all who choose to cross have access to abundant grace.
What is your favorite fairytale or movie kingdom?
The Kingdom of God isn’t like any other kingdom. It’s real, true, and anyone who wants can have access.
There is a large moat (hole, pit, mud, and barrier) preventing entry to the Kingdom. It doesn’t make sense that God would welcome all, yet block the entry. God didn’t build the moat; man did! The moat is built of our sins and the things of this world that distract us from God. When Jesus was born, died on the cross, and defeated Hell, he became the draw bridge. He is our way into the Kingdom. The Kingdom is here if we are willing to cross the bridge and stay focused on the route to the castle. We must put the Kingdom above everything else and God will take care of all of our needs.
Read Matt 6:33.
1. We are told to seek the Kingdom of God first. Where do you do well at seeking God first? Where/How can you improve?
Read Luke 10:38-42.
2. Martha was distracted by many things. What are you distracted by? What keeps you from sitting at Jesus’ feet?
Read 1 Cor 15:22-26.
It was a tradition for victorious kings to ceremonially put their foot on the shoulder of a conquered king.
3. How do you think this applies to us today? When you think about God’s kingdom, do you think of the present or the future?
4. What do you think is Satan’s #1 goal?
5. Why do you think God allows us to build the moat?
6. When Pastor says Jesus lowers the drawbridge and He is the bridge, what does that mean for us?
Read John 3:16-21.
7. Who was the first person to hear these words about salvation directly from Jesus?
8. According to John 3:1, Nicodemus was a Pharisee. Pharisees were known for their strict observance of written law and oral tradition. How do you think Nicodemus felt about the grace that Jesus was offering in verse 18?