The Lost Kingdom - Sunday Talk by Pastor Gil Dukeman, Grace Crossing Church, Beavercreek, Ohio.
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The Lost Kingdom - Sunday Talk
I think when it comes to scripture sometimes things can get lost in translation. In this Series this morning that we're continuing on the kingdom of God, entitled Kingdom Come. what we know much about Christianity here in America we know much about Christianity throughout the world, very little is actually talked about when it comes to the kingdom of God. the kingdom of God is kind of at best an ancient concept for most of us. for some of us it is a foreign concept but not one that we can wrap our Western Minds around.
You see there in our world today there are very few remaining kingdoms. there are very few remnants of Kingdoms that are left and those that we have are certainly not kingdoms that we might lift up as role models of what a kingdom should look like. so what we tend to do is we tend to think about Christianity but we miss the big picture of what Jesus had in mind when Jesus came to Earth.
Jesus Came to Earth to Brong The Kingdom
When Jesus came to Earth his big mission, his big message, his primary mandate was to reestablish God's kingdom here on the Earth. you think of it this way… the Bible is a story about a king and his kingdom.
So, when I think back to my theological education I had courses on church history and courses on Christianity. but I had very little training or teaching that taught about the kingdom of God. and yet the kingdom of God is what the scripture teaches that Jesus came to establish.
Listen to how he told us to pray with him. He models this for us in Matthew chapter 6 verses 9 through 10.
"This then is how you should pray Our Father in heaven Hallowed be your name Your Kingdom Come your will be done on Earth as it is in heaven."
The kingdom of God has true boundaries and borders. The kingdom of God is not limited to denominations. The kingdom of God is so much bigger, so much more expensive than what we can understand here in Western Christianity.
The Kingdom of God Defined
How are we defining the kingdom of God? like this: the kingdom of God is the movement of God built on the person of Jesus and expanded through those who are committed to his values and his principles. it is the movement of God that is about taking the message and the hope of God to the whole world.
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