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Think Kingdom - Barry Starliper

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Think Kingdom
by Barry Starliper
World Harvest Outreach
November 10, 2013

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Think Kingdom - Barry Starliper

  1. 1. “Think” KINGDOM!
  2. 2. Think Kingdom… “I must preach the good news of the Kingdom of God…because that is why I was sent”— Jesus, Luke 4:43
  3. 3. The proclamation of the Kingdom was born from the urgency in the heart of Jesus. It was crucial that he bring the “good news” of the Gospel of Grace; if only people could realize their own belovedness, their lives would be transformed and a “new” Kingdom would spring into being— Brennan Manning
  4. 4. Lŏgŏs (λόγοѕ), meaning a “word” uttered by a “living voice”. This embodies a concept or idea, an expression of thought. The Hebrew equivalent dābar suggests a prophetic revelation, to make a thing known, so that to grasp the “Word” is to grasp the “thought” of the mind of the maker.
  5. 5. Think Kingdom… He [the Son] is the image of the invisible God, the first born over all creation. For, by Him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers, or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.— Colossians 1:15-17
  6. 6. Think Kingdom… The Word, Jesus, the Lŏgŏs (λόγοѕ), is a “concept” an “idea” of the Kingdom itself. The Kingdom of God, simply put, is the domain of the King, the will of the Creator for us, his creation…
  7. 7. Think Kingdom… Jesus taught his disciples to pray to the Father… ”Your” Kingdom come, “Your will” be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
  8. 8. The phrase Kingdom of God/Heaven in the New Testament shows up 122 times… • 99 of those are in the Synoptic Gospels • 90 of the 99 are predicated of Jesus
  9. 9. When you read the gospels, instead of church teaching… Think Kingdom
  10. 10. When you read the parables of Jesus, in lieu of church doctrine… Think Kingdom
  11. 11. When you read the scriptures old or new, rather than church theology… Think Kingdom
  12. 12. The Gospel, the “good news” of the Kingdom was the only message of Jesus. A message embedded in every parable, conversation and sermon… Think Kingdom
  13. 13. “If the kingdom be a reality, the gospel has inescapable significance; if the kingdom be a delusion, the power of the gospel evaporates”.— Paul S. Minear (May 1942)
  14. 14. “Jesus came preaching the Kingdom, what arrived was the church”. Alred Firmin Loisy (1857-1959) French Roman Catholic Priest, professor and theologian
  15. 15. The “ecclesia” is those separated from among the congregation for the purposes of God. An “ecclesia” is from “ek” in the Greek, “out of” and “klesis” meaning “a calling”.
  16. 16. “The visible church in it’s ‘spotted actuality’ is not the Kingdom of Christ. Only the inner core of vital sanctity in the church (the ecclesia), the ‘una sancta ecclesia Dei’, answers to that description”. Walter Marshall Horton
  17. 17. “And this Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come”. — Jesus; Matthew 24.14
  18. 18. The dream of Jesus Christ is the Kingdom of God, and the committed Christian buys into his dream — Brennan Manning, A Glimpse of Jesus
  19. 19. “Think” KINGDOM!

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