Your Kingdom Come (Matthew 6:10)

Just one month ago, 35,000 people crammed into Molson Park in Barrie for the Live 8 Concert. They joined millions of other people at nine other sites to make their voices heard for justice in Africa. It was a free rock show, but it was more. It was a concert that wanted to change the world.

They're not alone. Groups like Make Poverty History started a clicking campaign:

The world has never been as wealthy. Click. The world has never been as healthy. Click. We have never produced or consumed as much before. Click. We have never been more educated. Click. Nor grown such vast quantities of food that we have to pay our farmers to stop working. Click. Despite all the above, poverty kills a child every three seconds. Click.

Some of us here are probably wearing wristbands for Make Poverty History, or Lance Armstrong's Live Strong wristband, or for some other cause. It's all part of a desire to see this world changed, to stand up for what's right, to make a difference.

We want this world to change, which is why we hold concerts and wear wristbands. Every attempt to change the world expresses our desire that things would be better.

At the same time, we're really powerless to change the world as much as we'd like. The G8 summit ended, and even the most optimistic person would not say that they didn't solve the problem of poverty in Africa. Despite unprecedented wealth and health, nobody has the answers for how to get food and medicine to those who need it most.

We need to keep trying, and we shouldn't give up. But we're powerless to effect the type of change we want to see in the world.

The real question is this: how? How can we bring about the type of change we want to see?

A couple of weeks ago, Charlene and I were sitting on our porch one sipping coffee. Charlene asked me the same question, except more to do with us as a church. How can we as a church bring about the type of change we want to see? How can Richview be a group of people that blesses the world? At times it seems to clear what we need to do, but it seems so tough to bring about the type of change we want to see.

Charlene asked the question, and I tried to change the topic, since I didn't have a good answer. She pressed me, so I had to answer. I don't think my answer is everything you could say on the topic, but I do think that it's foundational to any success we're going to have as a church in changing the world around us.

Here's what I said: it begins with praying.

I know, that seems like a cop out. All kinds of objections come to my mind. It feels like we'll become a church that does nothing but pray while the world around us moves on. I want to say that prayer isn't enough, that we need to get off our chairs and actually get out there and do something. I think there's part of me that thinks that prayer is the last thing that we need to do to change the world.

I want to say all of this, except for two things. One is the example of Jesus. I don't know anybody who changed the world in such a short time. He was only 33 when he died, and was in the public eye for only three years, yet I don't think anybody has changed the world more than he has. In his life, prayer was absolutely crucial. Somebody's said, "For me, prayer is preparation for the battle. For Jesus, it was the battle itself" (Haddon Robinson). Jesus agonized in prayer while others slept, but when the moment of crisis came, Jesus was fine. Virtually anybody who has studied Jesus' life will tell you that one of the hallmarks of his life was regular prayer.

That's one reason why I think changing the world begins with praying. The other reason is this: Jesus flat out told us to.

A couple of weeks ago, we began to look at the prayer that Jesus left for his followers to pray. We usually call it The Lord's Prayer. That's a bad name. It really should be called The Disciples' Prayer. It's a prayer that Jesus has left for us as a pattern for all of our prayers. It's absolutely central to our walk of discipleship, to our lives as followers of Jesus Christ.

We began studying the prayer two weeks ago and learned that Jesus taught us to pray by beginning with God's character, specifically his love ("Dad") and glory ("Hallowed be your name"). As Jesus unfolds this prayer, he tells us how to pray to bring about the type of change we want to see in the world. He says to pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.

In the first part of the prayer, Jesus tells us to focus on God and his glory. In the next lines, here is what he said:

To see this world change, put a prayer for God's reign at the top of your prayer list.

If you want to see this world change, Jesus says, then that's a good thing. But realize that the only way this world can permanently and significantly change for the better is for God's reign to be established on this earth. And one of the primary ways that we come into line with the establishment of God's reign is through prayer.

So if we want to see the world around us change, begin by praying. Pray for God's reign. Put it at the top of your prayer list and pray for it often. "Your kingdom come, your will be one, on earth as it is in heaven."

This brings up quite a few questions in my mind, and I'm sure it does in yours as well. Today, I'd like to explore two questions that come to my mind out of what Jesus has said here.

The two questions are this: What does it mean to pray for God's kingdom to come? What is that all about? The other question I have is this: why? Why is prayer so important?

So, in other words, what does this prayer mean and why should we pray it?

What Does It Mean?

What does it mean to pray, "Your kingdom come?" We pray it so often and it's so familiar. But what exactly are we praying for when we say these words?

Kingdom refers to the reign or rule of God. One of the most significant scholars on this subject calls it "the dynamic reign or kingly rule of God, and derivatively, the sphere in which the rule is experienced" (George Eldon Ladd).

That's a mouthful. Let's simplify it: the kingdom is wherever God is ruling and that rule is experienced.

This isn't something we hear a lot about in church, but it's actually a theme that runs through Scripture. All through the Hebrew Scriptures, people longed for God to set things right. They believed that one day, God would come to reign on earth, establishing justice and peace for all his people and for all nations. Listen to this holy prayer, that would have been prayed in the synagogue at that time. It's a prayer that is still prayed in some synagogues today:

Magnified and sanctified be His great name in the world that He has created according to His will. May He establish His Kingdom in your lifetime and in your days and in the lifetime of all the house of Israel, even speedily and at a near time.

So here's what the kingdom means: God is in charge on earth. He runs things, he makes sure that everything is right. He handles things when they go wrong. Praying for God's kingdom to come is to pray for God to be in charge of running everything on this earth.

Some of you who are political know how exciting it is when your party takes over. I remember when Bob Rae became premier years ago, he had to calm everyone down and tell them not to get their hopes up. Turns out he was right! No earthly ruler can live up to the hype and the promises. Even the best of them let their followers down. Not so when God takes charge. When God's rule is established, he sets everything right.

God's rule is about overcoming all the forces of evil. It's about victory over sin, the defeat of evil, and the removal of everything that's wrong with this world. It's a prayer for all the glory and beauty of heaven to be turned to an earthly reality as well. It will touch every area of life: our lives, our families, our relationships, our governments. Everything will be set right.

I know this sounds like a bit of a pipe dream. It's really a hope that looks to the end of history, when the Hebrews believed God would establish his reign.

Every time you wear a wristband, you're expressing a desire for the kingdom of God. Every time we express a desire to change and improve the world, we're expressing a longing for God's kingdom and reign. Our desire for relationships to be put healed and for wrongs to be made right and for justice to be established are all expressions of hope for the kingdom of God.

But the kingdom isn't just some far away thing that will take place at a future time. The kingdom was the central message of Jesus. It's mentioned fifty times in the Gospel of Matthew alone. Jesus announced, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near" (Matthew 4:17). Read what he said when he was asked when the kingdom of God would come:

Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, "The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, "Here it is," or "There it is," because the kingdom of God is in your midst. (Luke 17:20-21)

Jesus taught that the kingdom is here. It began in an unexpected way here on earth in the ministry of Jesus. The kingdom is here because Jesus is here, and this kingdom changes everything.

Some scholars talk about the kingdom as being "already and not yet" at the same time. It's both present and future. It's here, but one day it will fully come and all the world will experience the reign of God.

But it's here. It's started. The future we anticipate is breaking in here and now. He's already established God's rule in the hearts and lives of his people. Those who follow Jesus Christ are proof that God's rule and will can be experienced today, here and now.

I'm excited because that makes us participants in the kingdom. It makes us part of what God is doing in setting everything straight. If you look at the life of Jesus, you can see glimpses of what the kingdom looks like: healing and hope and blessing. That same thing can happen among us today.

I heard somebody describe the kingdom this way as the music and medicine of heaven. You and I, having been captivated by his music and cured by his medicine, sing his song and apply his medicine to a world that is offbeat and sick.

That's what we're praying for when we pray, "Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." We're praying for God's rule on this earth to increase, so he will put everything right.

Once in England, I found a historical site where the Romans used to land near the English channel on the way to London. The Romans built a huge marble arch there so you knew you were entering Roman territory. England was an outpost of the Roman empire. Eventually, the Romans packed up and left England, and today, all that's left of that arch is its base.

I can imagine how abandoned some of the people felt when the Romans left. They might have wished that the Roman empire would come back.

We're sort of like that. What God established here is now laying in ruins, and things aren't like they used to be. When we pray, "Your kingdom come," we're asking God to take what now lies in ruins, to reestablish his rule, and to make all things right again.

Why Pray?

This still leaves a question about why we should pray about this. We want to be a kingdom outpost, a group who are already experiencing God's reign and everything that it brings. It seems like prayer isn't going to make this happen. So why pray?

That's maybe part of the problem. We want to make the kingdom happen ourselves. The kingdom isn't something we can build or accomplish. We can enter into the kingdom, but we can't build it.

I'm a fix-it type of person. When I see a problem, I want to get in there and do it myself. It's tempting for me to do this as a pastor. Strategies and initiatives have their place, but Jesus teaches us there's something that prayer can do that all the strategies in the world won't be able to do. That's why Jesus taught us to pray for the kingdom.

I listed four reasons why we should pray this way:

So we can learn to want what God wants - I love Brussels sprouts. I don't need butter. I love them a little bit overcooked and with lots of butter.

I realize I'm alone in this. Brussels sprouts aren't a very popular vegetable, and I have a daughter who isn't really into vegetables.

That's why it surprised me to learn that she loves Brussels sprouts. It gives me great pleasure to hear her say, "Please can we have Brussels sprouts?" Or, when I cook them, to hear her get excited. It gives parents pleasure when kids want what they want.

When we pray, "Your kingdom come," we're essentially saying, "Dad, I want what you want." It brings God pleasure when we desire his kingdom to come to this world. Prayer teaches us to long for this more, to make this part of what we're asking God to do. We're agreeing with what God wants and asking for it too.

So we can join his kingdom movement - When we pray, "Your kingdom come," we're really praying for God to work among us. We're getting in line with what God is doing, instead of asking him to get in line with us. We're adding our prayer to what God is already doing.

I used to think that prayer was trying to get God to do what I want. I'm learning that prayer is more about getting me to do what God wants. When we pray, "Your kingdom come," we're aligning ourselves with God. We're joining in with him and his plan.

So we see the world the way that God sees it - Last year, I found Charlene sanding the rails of our porch. She had found rust on the rails and wanted me to paint the rails before winter. I had never even noticed that anything was wrong with the rails, but that's just like us. She notices things that I completely miss.

I don't know if you've ever had that happen. We become so familiar with things that after a while we don't even see them. Then one day we see the same thing through someone else's eyes and say, "I had no idea that it was like that!"

When we pray, "Your kingdom come," we're seeing the world the way God sees it. We get used to seeing and accepting things the way they were. This prayer reminds us that we were made for more. We were made to long for the kingdom.

Because God answers this prayer - Finally, we pray this prayer because God answers it. We know that God will establish kingdom, and that one day his will will be done on earth as it is in heaven. But God answers this prayer even among us. The way that we will see God's reign spread in Etobicoke is going to be through prayer, asking God, "Do it here. Let us experience your reign around us."

We pray this prayer because Jesus told us to. We also pray it because we want to be part of what God is doing. We want his kingdom to break in all around us, right here in our community. We don't want to be spectators. We want to see it happen.

Dean Kennedy is a pastor who went to Disneyland in California this summer. As he rode the monorail from the hotel to the Magic Kingdom, he began to feel sorry for the hotel operators. That's kind of crazy, because the hotel operators make tons of money by being so close to Disney. But listen to why he felt sorry for the hotels:

They are so close to the action yet no matter what they do to their hotels - they will never "be" part of the magic of the "kingdom" of Disneyland. They can offer large pools, free high speed internet, free meals, gourmet coffee, luxurious rooms - but they will always, always be "across the street from Disneyland".

He compared this to churches. We can profit from the kingdom, we can be close to the kingdom, we can offer all kinds of cool services and programs. But in the end it would be a sad thing if we did all of this and missed out on what was happening on the other side of the street.

Dean wrote,

The kingdom is where the real story is being written and to be so close and to be doing many good things and providing many good services and yet missing out on what's going on "across the street" is profoundly sad and ultimately such a waste.

That's why we want to pray, "Your kingdom come."


Darryl Dash

Darryl Dash is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Heritage Theological Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He’s married to Charlene, and has two children, Christina and Josiah. Darryl is currently planting Liberty Grace Church in Liberty Village, Toronto. He previously served as pastor of Richview Baptist Church and Park Lawn Baptist Church, both in west Toronto.

Where to Begin (Luke 11:1-4)

Subject How do we pray?
Object Begin with the premise that God loves us and invites us to be about His glory
Big Idea Prayer begins with understanding that God loves us and invites us to be about his glory.
Purpose To commit to pray to God about His glory

This February, our family drove to Boston on a snowy Saturday. I was driving, and I was trying to minimize the number of stops we had to make for gas and breaks. It wasn't going to be a problem, because gas stations were all over the place.

It was a great plan except for one thing. Just as the fuel light came on, we found ourselves in the middle of nowhere. Do you think we could find a gas station? We eventually did find a gas station, and I didn't care what the price was - I stopped and filled up and felt very relieved.

Some of you know what it's like to run out of gas. Some of us also know what it means to run out of gas spiritually. I don't know of a better way to describe how some of us feel at times as we walk with God, as we follow Jesus. There are days that we feel completely depleted, out of resources, like we need to be refueled before we can go on.

For some of us, the feeling is so common that we've become used to it. You feel you haven't been growing, that your relationship with God has become stale, that you're missing the dynamism that you long for. It's a terrible feeling. This can be true for individuals or churches. What do you do when you feel like you're running out of spiritual fuel?

The answer might surprise you.

Long ago, Jesus gave us a prayer that is designed to fuel our walk with God. He gave it as a model for prayer. If we feel lethargy in our relationship with God, it may be partly because we are not praying the way that Jesus taught us to pray. The solution is going to be relearning how to pray like Jesus taught.

I invite you to look at the prayer that Jesus gave us as a model. It's found in your Bibles in Luke 11.

A Prayer for People on MIssion

Religious groups in Jesus' time sometimes had their own prayer. John the Baptist taught his followers a prayer. Each group's prayer would become something that tied the group together and and expressed the group's identity.

That's probably why Jesus' disciples asked him, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples" (Luke 11:1). They were asking for a prayer for their group. What Jesus gave them is essentially a prayer to characterize those of us who follow him.

This is a prayer for people on mission. When Jesus gave this prayer, he was on mission. This prayer grows out of the mission of Jesus. It is designed for those who are also following Jesus on a kingdom journey.

This isn't a prayer for just anyone. But if you are serious about living your life on mission, and joining God in what he is doing, this prayer is for you.

The early church actually forbade people from praying this prayer unless they were Christians. They were offended at the thought of anyone praying this prayer who wasn't on mission with Christ.

This really is the ideal prayer for anyone who wants to join God on mission to change the world. This is the prayer that Jesus has given those of us who want to follow him.

This is a prayer for a group. I'm not saying you shouldn't pray this prayer by yourself. It's a great prayer to use in your individual prayer life. But it's not the primary way this prayer should be used.

If you read this prayer carefully, you see it's a group prayer. Jesus said in verse 2, "When you [plural] pray, say..." The prayer is written to be spoken by a group ("Give us...") It's a prayer for groups of his followers, rather than just individuals.

This excites me. This is a prayer for the church.

We've been talking about what it means to be a missional church, a church that is focused on the mission that God has given us together. We're on this journey to try and figure out what this looks like in our context. God has given us a prayer to pray together that will help us become who we need to be and what we need to do to join him on mission, not just individually but together.

This is a prayer to be used. Sounds obvious, but some people shy away from using it. They don't want to be guilty of "vain repetition". I understand the concern, but there's no reason why you can't use this prayer as sincerely and meaningfully as any other prayer.

Jesus said, "When you pray, say..." You could translate this, "Whenever you pray..." This is a pattern for all Christian prayer.

Somebody has said, "If the kingdom comes in our lifetime, it will be because the church of Jesus Christ around the world has begun to take seriously the Lord's prayer" (John Piper). It's time to take this prayer seriously.

At the end of today's service, and over the next few weeks, I'm going to invite you to join with me in praying this prayer together.

If you want a prayer that will help us be fueled and transformed to follow Christ together on mission, this prayer is for you!

Where to Begin

One of the most important things we can do to pray is to begin at the right place. We sometimes struggle in our prayer lives because we start out all wrong.

Jesus taught us where to begin. It's simple but foundational. Begin with the character of God. That's the foundation to a good prayer life. That's where we need to start.

Jesus gets more specific. He tells us exactly which part of God's character to bring into focus when we pray. Let's look at both of them.

God's Love

Jesus begins with a simple word: "Father" or Abba. Some say this was a term that young children used for their fathers, like Daddy. Actually, it was also used by older children as well. It was a term of familiarity and intimacy for kids of all ages, sort of like saying Dad.

This was an unusual way to pray. It would have seemed too informal and disrespectful for the average person praying back then. Yet every time Jesus prayed, except for one time on the cross, he called God Abba. This was the signature term of Jesus when he talked to God.

I can understand Jesus talking to God so informally and confidently. But us? Yes, Jesus says, you can too. Jesus invites us to come with confidence and intimacy, and simply begin by calling God, "Dad."

My daughter, Christina, was away this week. It was fun to go and pick her up after I hadn't seen her in a week. When I did, I hugged her. She didn't have to say much. I would have been offended if she had to approach me formally. She was welcome to come and run to me and embrace me and call me Dad, because I love her.

Jesus teaches us that there is something about the love of a good father that teaches us how God sees us. I think the quality that Jesus is pointing to here is God's love. God loves us like a good Dad does his kids. He welcomes us to approach him with confidence and intimacy.

This isn't just any Dad. Matthew's version says, "Our Father in heaven." Jesus takes us straight to the high King in heaven and says, "This is your Dad!" We can begin our prayers in the security of his love, knowing that God welcomes us.

Here's how to begin in building a prayer life: Begin with the premise that God loves us. Jesus has made this possible. Don't approach God with the formality of religion. Approach him with the intimacy of a child. Come simply to the one who invites you to come and call him Dad.

The thing to avoid here is formality. Formality will kill your prayer life. Jesus invites us to base our prayer on God's love rather than the formality of religion. Just like a Dad loves to hear from his kids, God loves to hear from us.

God's Glory

Jesus gives us a second quality of God's character upon which we can base our prayers. Jesus invites us to call God our Dad, and then pray this: "Hallowed be your name."

This may seem a bit ironic at first. Jesus tells us to call God our Dad, and then he asks us to pray that God's name be respected. There's no contradiction, though. We should pray informally and intimately with God who loves to hear about us. That's all about God's love. But we also pray with a second quality: God's glory.

When we pray, "Hallowed be your name," we are essentially praying for God's glory. In Jewish thought, the name represented the whole person. Another way of saying, "Hallowed be your name" is to say, "May God be glorified." We are praying for that in the future, as we'll see in a second. We're also praying for it here and now.

God's love and God's glory are the two qualities that form the basis of our prayers as his followers.

I always enjoy meeting kids and their parents. When I meet kids first, I sometimes begin to piece together what their parents were like. You can't underestimate the power of our families of origin. We are all shaped by the our parents. What was important to them becomes important to us.

The same is true with God as our Dad. Part of our relationship with him as our Dad is that the things that are important to him, become important to us. The most important thing to God is his glory. That's why we pray, "Hallowed be your name." We are praying for the thing that God wants most.

This week, they have these furry little toys called Neopets as the kid's meal at McDonalds. We took Josiah the other day, and he got one of them. A couple of days later, he began talking about his Neopet being lonely. He couldn't imagine going another day without going back to McDonalds to get another one. It became the biggest priority in his life.

One of the jobs of a father is to help a child learn - gently - that the things that seem important when you're a kid really aren't all that important. What seemed so important to Josiah this week, he won't even remember next week.

That's exactly what God is doing in this prayer. If we didn't have a Father to tell us what's important, we would end up focusing on lesser things, thinking they are the reason that we are here. God lifts our perspective to see what is important from the ultimate perspective. It's all about his glory.

It's all about God's glory. Long after we've forgotten everything that we think is important, everything will continue to exist for God's glory. It is God's consuming passion. It's the only thing that will last through eternity.

God's glory is even a way for us to see past our difficulties. Even in our most trying circumstances, we can see past them to God's glory. Jesus once looked ahead to his death and became upset:

"Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? 'Father, save me from this hour'? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!"

Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it, and will glorify it again." (John 12:27-28)

Jesus never asked for the trial to be taken away. He asked instead that God would be glorified in the trial. This is a prayer that we can pray no matter what we go through.

Jesus isn't telling us we can't pray for ourselves. That is coming later. He is saying that we should begin by praying for God's glory above all. This prayer will keep us on mission, and keep us away from living a life that is satisfied with smaller things. You will never live for anything better than God's glory.

God will ultimately be glorified when his Kingdom fully arrives. That is what this prayer looks forward to. But it's also a prayer about here and now. It's a prayer that in the present, God's people will glorify him by acting rightly. It's a prayer that God's name would be hallowed, his words believed, his displeasure feared, his commandments obeyed, and his cause glorified (Piper).

Our Dad wants us to be concerned with the things that concern him most. "Dad, glorify your name!"

An Invitation

Prayer is a tough thing for a lot of us. Jesus has given us a prayer to help us on our mission. This is a prayer that we can pray together as a church. It is a prayer that should shape all of our prayers.

This is a prayer that God answers, because we already know that this prayer is God's will. When we pray this prayer, we are praying exactly how God intends us to pray.

God is not reluctant for us to come to him. He welcomes us to come confidently and intimately - to call him Dad.

He calls us to learn to pray about what is important to him. If we as a church begin to pray for God's glory to show up around us, that is a prayer that God wants to answer. That is a prayer that could lead to some exciting things.

Should we pray? Absolutely. You wouldn't dare to try to follow Christ without praying. Where should we start then? Prayer begins with understanding that God loves us and invites us to be about his glory.

In Jesus' time, they prayed three times a day: morning, noon, and night. I invite you to follow their example this week. Join with me praying this week, at least once a day, maybe up to three, this prayer for your life and for Richview: "Dad, glorify your name."

Let's pray.

Father in heaven (Dad)
Hallowed be your name
Your kingdom come
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we have also forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not to temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.


Darryl Dash

Darryl Dash is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Heritage Theological Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He’s married to Charlene, and has two children, Christina and Josiah. Darryl is currently planting Liberty Grace Church in Liberty Village, Toronto. He previously served as pastor of Richview Baptist Church and Park Lawn Baptist Church, both in west Toronto.

What Shall We Do? (Acts 2:37-38)

A church in Jacksonville, Florida has asked for a citywide ban on low-hanging pants and gold-capped teeth, saying they promote a thuggish image.

Changing the image of young people could help Jacksonville cut unemployment, racial profiling and a rising per-capita murder rate now the highest in the state, said Richard Burton, deacon of Epiphany Baptist Church.

The 250 member independent Baptist church approved the resolution last month.

I'm all for an end to some people putting an end to wearing low-rise pants. But sometimes churches focus on changing behavior. We can change externals, but changing externals isn't what the Gospel is about.

What does the Gospel have to offer? Conviction, a way to respond to the conviction, and two gifts when we respond

1. Conviction (37)

37 - literally to be "stabbed with a knife"; deep anxiety and profound regret; the feeling that something is seriously wrong

A response to the Gospel message begins with understanding that things aren't right between God and us.

"Then one afternoon in my dark bedroom, the cracks webbed all the way through me." She found herself calling a pastor. She doubted God could love her, but he said, "God has to love you. That's God's job." (Ann Lamott)

2. A way to respond to conviction (38a)

Conviction is not enough. Two responses:


Repentance is not basically a religious word. It comes from a culture where people were essentially nomadic and lived in a world with no maps or street signs. It's easy to get lost walking through the desert. You become aware that the countryside is strange. You finally say to yourself, I'm going in the wrong direction. That's the first act of repentance.

The second act of repentance is to go in an alternate direction. It implies that you not only do this but you admit it to your companions. (Gordon MacDonald)

A change of direction in a person's life; turning away from a sinful and godless life; "coming to our senses"

Commanded and yet impossible apart from God; a gift from God (repentance and faith two sides of a coin)


What do you do when you feel you need to respond? The outward sign of repentance
An acted-out prayer; baptism is calling on the name of the Lord

History of baptism: Purification (Jewish) to repentance (John) to pardon and freeing from the pollution and power of sin, and the beginning of a new life (Jesus)

Follows upon/virtually coincides with belief

Faith is possible without baptism, but baptism is the natural accompaniment and completion of faith

3. Two gifts when we respond (38b)

Forgiveness of sins

For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:3-4)

The Holy Spirit

The power that makes living the Christian life possible. We don't have to live on our own power.


Darryl Dash

Darryl Dash is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Heritage Theological Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He’s married to Charlene, and has two children, Christina and Josiah. Darryl is currently planting Liberty Grace Church in Liberty Village, Toronto. He previously served as pastor of Richview Baptist Church and Park Lawn Baptist Church, both in west Toronto.