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Welcome to the Iowa City Church sermon and teaching page.  We know that life can be confusing, and sometime just plain hard.  We believe the best way to live life comes through following Jesus.  These lessons and sermons are designed to be a resource to help you on that journey.  We hope you find them helpful!

Nov 7, 2022

Election anxiety is a growing issue. The USA Today ran this story recently: Stressed about the midterms? You're not alone. How to stay calm.

Here is an excerpt from the story:
It seems to have only gotten worse, too. "Research suggests that election anxiety increased between 2016 and 2020," says Marsha Brown, a licensed psychologist. "With growing fear for the future of human rights, health care, the economy and other life issues, it seems election anxiety may have risen again since the previous election cycle."

If we are honest, there is little indication that the political divide is going to slow down, which means anxiety and fear will only continue to increase. How are Christians supposed to navigate the divide, and deal with the anxiety? Jesus provides this anecdote to worry and division: Pursue The Kingdom of God. 

Here is what he teaches: 

"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." ~ Matthew 6:33

His point is simple, worry dissipates and unity is realized as we allow the Kingdom of God to invade our hearts.

Every kingdom needs a king, a boss, a leader to follow. Who's the king of God's Kingdom? The apostles and other New Testament writers are consistent in declaring this one unified message: Jesus is King!

Take for example the opening of Mark's account about Jesus:

"The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God." ~ Mark 1:1

Mark is telling you up front that everything he is about to write is good news because it is declaring that Jesus is the Christ (Christ means King), the Son of God.

Let me simplify it a bit. Christianity, is a declaration that there is a new King and a new Kingdom...would you like to be a part? 

Here is why this is such a powerful statement. I am not a very good king of my own life. I need King Jesus to lead me. So do you--and so does our troubled world. Under Jesus' kingship, we are finally free to cast off our misguided self rule--our pathetic attempt to live life apart from God, and take up the new life offered to us.

What is the result of making Jesus King of our lives? We learn to reject inappropriate desires, handle wealth and it's trappings, forgive our enemies, pray for those who persecute us, turn the other cheek, practice open-handed generosity, care for the downcast, and much more.

If you want to learn more about the rule and reign of King Jesus, and the transformation it can bring to your life, make sure and give a listen to part two of Kingdom Come.