Empire Versus Kingdom

All of you, like all of us, are missing our regular time of worship together in community. Gene Tempelmeyer, a dear friend of CBM and former pastor of Spring Garden Baptist Church, previously led CBM in worship through a series called “Empire Versus Kingdom”.

Most of the Bible was written by people under the thumb of one empire or another. How do we live for the Kingdom of God when the empire’s power and resources require our obedience and loyalty first?

In this series, Gene Templemeyer explores the life we live between the empires of the world and our heavenly kingdom. Are our choices and actions working towards building other people’s empires or are we building towards God’s kingdom?

Are we acting as an empire – working for ourselves, or as a kingdom, for others? Are we of the world or in Christ?

There is a way to live IN the empire but FOR the kingdom of God. Join us as we explore how.

Weapons, walls and wealth are the values of the Empire. In this sermon Gene Templemeyer looks at the challenges of moving from charity to social justice and it all starts with a trip to the movies.

In Empire Versus Kingdom – Part 2: Egypt, Gene Templemeyer talks about the imagination. He examines how a new way of thinking – allowing God to stretch your imagination about what he can do, opens up a whole new world of possibilities.

In Empire Versus Kingdom – Part 3: Empire of Israel, Gene Tempelmeyer explores how each and every one of us could create our own empire – but does taking over the world in the name of God really line up with His Kingdom values?

In Empire Versus Kingdom – Part 4: “Politics”, Gene Tempelmeyer challenges us to reflect on how God’s Kingdom is revealed through us one sacrifice at a time. Or do our actions mirror the empire?

In Empire Versus Kingdom – Part 5: “Pax Romana”, Gene Tempelmeyer invites us to reflect on where we draw our peace and security from – do put your trust in leaders based on what they say or is it in what they do?