The Mission: TO BRING KINGDOM COMMUNITY TO WHEREVER WE ARE SO OTHERS CAN KNOW GOD.

Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10

“THE KINGDOM”The kingdom of God was central to the teaching and mission of Jesus. It is mentioned dozens of times throughout the gospels. – BUT HARD TO UNDERSTAND

HE USED PARABLES

  • Banquet and a great wedding feast; the door will be closed on some
  • Like treasure hidden in a field; you would be wise to sell everything
  • Like a net cast wide; it pulls in all sorts of fish, and the good fish must be separated from the bad
  • Like a landowner who hired laborers to work in the fields. He hired them at different times of day, but at the end of the day, he paid them all equally.
  • Like a mustard seed; from a small beginning comes a great tree
  • Like yeast; it permeates all, silently and pervasively

JESUS DROPPED COMMENTS

  • Hard for the rich to enter (Mark 10:23-25)
  • Must be received as a child (Mark 10:15)
  • Not everyone who says “Lord, Lord” will enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 7:21)
  • We should seek the kingdom first, and then worldly needs such as food and clothing will be given to us (Matthew 6:33)
  • He said that if your eye or hand prevents you from entering the kingdom, pluck it out or cut it off (Mark 9:47)
  • Jesus said that a great reversal is coming: harlots and tax collectors will enter the kingdom before the Pharisees (Matthew 21:31)
  • He said that the Pharisees shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces (Matthew 23:13)

What does the phrase “kingdom of heaven” mean?

A kingdom is one’s sphere of control.

A kingdom is the place you have arranged to suit your purposes and your values. It is an environment arranged according to how you like it.

So a kingdom is one’s sphere of control. So what is God’s sphere of authority?

God’s kingdom is called “heaven.”

God’s kingdom is the place that perfectly reflects his character and values. It is the place where things operate the way he likes them.

IT IS A PLACE OF LOVE, JOY, TRUTH, GRACE, HEALTH, LIGHT, AND PEACE.

God is also King of this earth.

– For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth. Psalm 47:2
– But God is my King from long ago; he brings salvation on the earth. Psalm 74:12
– Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. 1 Chronicles 29:11-12

 

The kingdom of God is already, but not yet.

ALREADY

“IS AT HAND” MATTHEW 3:2

‘DRIVE OUT DEMONS” MATTHEW 12:28

“SEEK HIS KINGDOM” LUKE 12:31

The Kingdom was LAUNCHED with Christ coming to earth, was extended when Jesus defeated Satan on the cross, and was ratified with the Resurrection.

NOT YET

SATAN – “GOD OF THIS AGE” 2 CORINTHIANS 4:4

“PRINCE OF THE POWER OF THE AIR” EPHESIANS 2:2

“AWAIT THE REDEMPTION OF OUR BODIES” ROMANS 8:22

That’s why Jesus taught us to pray that the kingdom would come to earth just as it is in heaven

IN OTHER WORDS,

“MAY UP THERE COME DOWN HERE.”

ONLY GOD CAN BRING THE KINGDOM

BUT WE CAN PARTNER WITH HIM AS WE USE THE GIFTS HE HAS GIVEN US.