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26. July 2014 15:17
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Jesus was Kingdom centered

26. July 2014 15:17 by don | 0 Comments

 

Kingdom of God theology is rooted in the Old Testament. The prophets declared the Kingdom as a day in which men and women would live together in peace, where social problems would be solved and the evil would pass away (Isa. 2.4; 11.6).

In the New Testament and central to the ministry of Jesus was the concept of the Kingdom of God. The authors of the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) filled their books with teaching about the Kingdom. They often summarized the material as the beginning of Mark illustrates. "Now after John had been arrested, Jesus went to Galilee and proclaimed the gospel about the kingdom of God. He said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is near! Repent, and keep believing in the gospel!” (Mark 1.14-15). Mark's brief summary demonstrates the idea of the words and works of Jesus.

 

Matthew summarized in a similar fashion. He succinctly shows the ministry of Jesus in 4.23 and 9.35 as it centered on the Kingdom. Jesus also summarized the message of the Kingdom when he gave instructions to his twelve disciples (Matt. 10.5-15). The gospel of the Kingdom is the only gospel that he instructed his disciples to preach. When Luke recorded the sending of the seventy disciples (Luke 10.1-12), Jesus used similar language.

17. July 2014 21:31
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Everything is about Kingdom

17. July 2014 21:31 by don | 0 Comments

I know I have said this before but repetition is a great teacher.  The central theme of the scripture is the Kingdom of God.  It really is.  Jesus spoke about the Kingdom all the time.  Out of the abundance of His mouth He spoke.  Jesus even told his disciple what to preach.  He did not trust them to preach their own message so He told them to preach His message, the Kingdom of God.  

These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,[a] drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

 It is pretty clear what Jesus was saying here.  Preach the Kingdom of God.  I do not believe Jesus has changed His mind.  Perhaps if our message was right the power would follow.  What do you think?

 

3. July 2014 12:46
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Review of the Kingdom of God

3. July 2014 12:46 by don | 0 Comments

Kingdom of God


The heart of Jesus' teachings centers around the theme of the kingdom of God. This expression is found in sixty-one separate sayings in the Synoptic Gospels. Countingparallels to these passages, the expression occurs over eighty-five times. It also occurstwice in John (3:3, 5). It is found in such key places as the preaching of John theBaptist, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near" ( Matt 3:2 ); Jesus'earliest announcement, "The time has come… The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!" ( Mark 1:15 ; cf. Matt 4:17 ; Luke 4:42-43 );the prayer Jesus taught his disciples, "your kingdom come" ( Matt 6:10 ); in the Beatitudes, "for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" ( Matthew 5:3 Matthew 5:10 ); at the Last Supper, "I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it anew in the kingdom of God" ( Mark 14:25 ); and in many of Jesus' parables ( Matthew 13:24 Matthew 13:44 Matthew 13:45 Matthew 13:47 ; Mark 4:26 Mark 4:30 ; Luke19:11 ).