Proclaiming the Kingdom 6-24

Kingdom, Lord's Prayer, Kingdom of God, Sermon, Church, Series, Church of God, Dayton, Pennsylvania, PA, Rural Valley, Numine, Yatesboro, Smicksburg

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Luke 4:42-43, John 20:21

The Kingdom of God is the kingdom spoke of by Daniel when he interpreted King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream saying that God would set up a kingdom that would never be destroyed and would never end, “In the time of those kings, the God of Heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and will bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever (Daniel 2:44).”

The book of Isaiah tells us that Jesus will establish the Kingdom, “For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord will accomplish this (Isaiah 9:6-7).” And Luke 1:31-33 tells us again and confirms that His kingdom shall never end,“You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of his father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; His kingdom will never end.”

The Kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom with Jesus Christ as King, Jesus said, “My Kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36 NASB).” We are to be citizens of that kingdom seeking to have a “kingdomtude.” We do that by seeking first… “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33a).

All old testament scriptural passages speak of the Kingdom as coming or future, “In the time of those kings, the God of Heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and will bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever (Daniel 2:44), “But the saints of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will possess it forever – yes, for ever and ever” (Daniel 7:18 NIV).

Those in the New Testament speak of the Kingdom as being established. “The Kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15), “For He has rescued us form the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves” (Colossians 1:13), “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken” (Hebrews 12:28). And the Holy Spirit tells us in Revelation that Jesus “has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve God and Father (Revelation 1:6).”

Each of us enters the Kingdom of God at Salvation: Through Christ, by faith, we develop that “Kingdomtude” while living in the Kingdom! But too often…

Jesus said in Luke 4:43, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God…, because that is why I was sent.” In John 20 He told the disciples, “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”

Acts… In Acts 8:12 Philip preached, “the good news concerning the kingdom of God.” Paul also preached the Kingdom of God, “reasoning and persuading them about the kingdom of God (Acts 19:8).”

We are sent to proclaim the Kingdom, to make disciples of the Kingdom! Jesus will not build His Kingdom here through us if we are not in the Kingdom. How can He?

Each of has to decide if we are in the Kingdom of God or of something else.

We are to proclaim the Kingdom of God to our neighbors…

How?

With my actions: As Jeff Christopherson says in the Kingdom Matrix there is no 3rd Kingdom: either you are of/in the Kingdom of God or you are of the world.

You cannot live straddling the fence, there is no grey area, as he points out; Jesus said you can’t be either hot nor cold, grey, neither one nor the other, you cannot be lukewarm!

Your life as a lukewarm person… I can’t in good conscious call a lukewarm person a Christian, if you do not proclaim the Kingdom. What you are claiming with your life is your own little version of the kingdom, what you want it to be. Not life in the Kingdom of God that Jesus calls us to!

How you live, your priorities, these are seen in what you place first. Are you proclaiming either the Kingdom of God, the World, or at best that lukewarm version of a kingdom you have invented that gives no glory to God with your actions, your words, or your resources?

We must examine our motives for doing what we are doing: is this to build my little version of the Kingdom? Is it of the world? Or is it truly Kingdom centered and God honoring? What am I proclaiming? Keep in mind, Saul of Tarsus and his plans for God’s kingdom… only after brought into kingdom…

With my words: When you talk out there in the world you are proclaiming a kingdom. No corrupting talk: Ephesians 4:29, no filth, no C Joking (5:4)

What are your actions and words teaching others about the importance of God and His Church? Because they ultimately reflect on the Kingdom.

The Kingdom of God as a present reality when you live out your Salvation, abide in Christ, and walk in obedience to The Kings will!

Digging Deeper

  • What kingdom do you proclaim with your life?
  • Are you proclaiming the Kingdom of God with your everyday actions?
  • Are you proclaiming the Kingdom of God with your words?
  • Are you in the Kingdom?

Further Reading: Isaiah 9:6-7, Daniel 2:31-45, Luke 1:31-33, John 18:36, Matthew 6:33, Revelation 1:9, 21:1-8

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