Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit, through who also he went and preached to the spirits in prison who disobeyed long ago …in the days of Noah (1 Peter 3:18-19). Jesus holds keys to death and Hades.When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train, and gave gifts to men.’ (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower earthly regions? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe) (Eph4:8-10). Christ died and returned to life so that he might be Lord of the living and the dead (Rom 14:9).
Missio dei and a missional church
• God’s heart is broken because rebellion has broken out on planet earth• His beautiful creation is being destroyed by sin, Satan and self- seeking humans.
• God has a mission to reconcile people to himself and to restore creation.• The Bible is the story of that rescue plan.• God calls us to himself and invites us to join with him in his rescue mission
God Has a Mission• Sin and Satan hold people in bondage and bring suffering, evil and death• God is gathering together a people who, through faith in Jesus Christ are set free from sin and Satan and are committed to him• God sends them into the world in the power of the Holy Spirit to share God’ love and bring people back to himself, and to bring about the redemption of all creation.
Kingdom of God• Kingdom of God is the Big Story (Cosmic Story) of the Bible that ties all the other stories together• God’s People Living in God’s Place Under God’s rule/blessing• Psalm 145:11-13.
The Pattern of the Kingdom• The Pattern of the Kingdom: Genesis 1:1- 2:25God’s people, Adam and Eve, live in God’s place, the garden, under God’s rule.God’s rule brings blessing to Adam and Eve.
GOD created Sin bringsCreation fear,beautiful shame,harmony, separation sufferingfellowship disease and death Satan leads world astray All Creation suffers
The Perished Kingdom• The Perished Kingdom: Genesis 3-11• Adam and Eve sin against God. They choose what is pleasing to them and reject God’s word.• Sin brings shame, guilt and fear.• God comes seeking them.• Relationships are broken and they are not blessed. They are not in the garden. Fellowship has been destroyed.
Abraham God chooses a people GOD Moses: God dwells with his people said… Flood judgment, salvation Sin bringsCreation fear,beautiful shame,harmony, separationfellowship Moses Abraham Satan leads world astray
The Promised Kingdom• The Promised Kingdom: Genesis 4-17• God chooses a people• God makes a promise to Abraham that he will make his Kingdom again.• He will give him a land• He will bless him and through him all nations on the earth will be blessed.
The Partial Kingdom• Gen 17 – 2 Kings.• God sets the Israelites free from slavery• Brings them out of Egypt with mighty power• He gives them law to rule over them and bring blessing.• The tabernacle is a symbol that God dwells with his people and journeys with them.
I will dwell among the Israelites and be their God…I brought them out of Egypt so that I may dwell among them Ex 29:45-46.
David: A king for his people People enjoy peace and prosperity GOD said… Flood judgment, s alvation Sin bringsCreation fear, Kingdom peacebeautiful shame, prosperityharmony, separationfellowship David Solomon Moses Abraham Satan leads world astray
• They live in God’s promised land, under a king.• Under David’s rule they have victory over enemies and enjoy peace and prosperity• But the people’s sin leads to the end of this kingdom. It is not the real Kingdom of God. It is only a shadow of the real kingdom.
GOD said… Flood judgment, salvation Sin bringsCreation fear, Kingdom Kingdom peace divided andbeautiful shame, prosperity defeatedharmony, separationfellowship David Solomon Moses Abraham Satan leads world astray
GOD said… Flood judgment, salvation Sin bringsCreation fear, Kingdom Kingdom peace divided andbeautiful shame, prosperity defeatedharmony, separation Hope offellowship David Messiah Solomon Moses Abraham Satan leads world astray
The Prophesied Kingdom• The Prophesied Kingdom: Isaiah-Malachi• After Israel has collapsed, the prophets looked forward to a time when God’s true king would come to earth and bring the real Kingdom of God.• Prophecy that Messiah would bring peace. “Your God reigns” Isa 52:7• David would be king over them Eze 37.24
Kingdom in OT• God’s kingdom will never be destroyed and will crush all earthly kingdoms.• Messiah given “glory and a kingdom and all the peoples, nations… might serve him Dan 7:14.• I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God and they will be my people. Jeremiah 31:33.• My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people. Ezekiel 37:26- 28.
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The Present Kingdom• The Present Kingdom : Matthew-John• The Word became flesh and lived for a while among us. John 1:14.• Jesus, God’s true king, comes to bring the Kingdom of God.• He heals sick, feeds the hungry, calms the storm, casts out demons, raises the dead, all miracles point forward to the coming kingdom.
Conquest achieved andJesus death, announcedand Kingdom of Godresurrection Through the cross the battle is won Defeats Satan through his sinless life Conquers sin through sacrificial death Defeats death through his resurrection In the resurrection the victory is displayed Domain of Darkness
Jesus ascends to the highest place . Righteous dead are with him.Jesus death,descentresurrection Conquest achieved and announcedandascension Defeats Satan through his sinless life Conquers sin through sacrificial death Defeats death through his resurrection Jesus hold keys to death and hell and is Lord of the living and the dead Domain of DarknessSheol /hadesPlace of thedead
Pentecost Birth of the Church Jesus birth, life, death, Kingdom of God Resurrec tion Spiritual Conflict To all Church Age nationsSatan defeated at Calvary but still fights
The Proclaimed Kingdom• The Proclaimed Kingdom: Acts-Jude• After Jesus ascends to heaven, and before he returns to rule as King on earth, people have a chance to enter the Kingdom• Kingdom expands from Jerusalem – Judea – Samaria – uttermost parts
Kingdom: Now but not yet.• Kingdom of God is present but Domain of Darkness continues.• We are citizens of God’s Kingdom but live in a world that is under the control of the evil one.• Church is God’s agent to advance the kingdom.• There is conflict, pain and persecution.
The Church• God’s people. Redeemed and transformed• Sent forth by God by the power of the Holy Spirit into the world to make disciples• To glorify God through worship and godly living and transform communities through sacrificial service• People live in harmony with God and with others and seek to restore God’s creation
Acts – Kingdom is Extended• Acts 1:2. Jesus spent 40 days talking about the Kingdom• Philip went to Samaria preached good news of the Kingdom of God. (Acts 8:12)• Paul in Rome declared the Kingdom of God Acts 28:23.• Paul proclaimed deliverance from the dominion of darkness into the Kingdom of the Son
Jesus birth, Jesus life, death, returns Resurrection Kingdom of God Miracles: signs of the Kingdom Compassion: Kingdom in action Evangelism: Kingdom extends Spiritual Worship, fellowship, and Discipleship: Conflict Kingdom grows stronger and God is glorified.Domain of Darkness
Evangelism The Church communicating God’s loveJesus through word and deed so that others come into a life returns transforming relationship with Jesus Christ. Kingdom of God He has rescued us from the Dominion of Darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves , in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Col 1:13-14. EvangelismDomain of Darkness
Jesus Returns with angels Jesus and righteous dead. Resurrection and judgement birth, life, death, Kingdom of God Resurrec tion Creation Spiritual restored Conflict peace Church Age harmony Final DefeatSatan defeated at Calvary but still fights of Satan
Jesus in heaven. Spirits of righteous dead are with him. When Jesus returns he comes with the spirits of the righteous dead. Resurrection takes place . WeWhen we die our receive new bodies so we can livebody goes to the forever in a renewed earth. Those who are still alivegrave. Our spirit receive new bodies so they toogoes to be with can live forever. No morethe Lord. death.Grave Grave
The Perfect Kingdom• God’s people will live in God’s place, the new Jerusalem, under God’s rule and enjoy his blessing forever.• They will be his people and he will be their God• No more sin, death, suffering, oppression, discrimination, poverty.• Creation is restored. Lion and the Lamb live together.