- A fresh look at the Kingdom of God
The Kingdom of God — Taking The Centre Of Christ's Teaching Into The Heart Of Your Faith
Jesus taught constantly about "the kingdom of God". This concept was at the center of his teaching and life. It should also form a central place in your own faith. This Seminar will give you a solid understanding of this concept and help you to grasp the fact that Jesus' teaching about the Kingdom undergirds everything we seek to do in and through the ministry of the church.
The Kingdom at the Centre of Christ's Preaching
Jesus announces to us the beginning of his public life in these words: "And after John was delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God and saying: 'The time is completed, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent, and believe in the gospel'" (Mark 1:14).
The good news of the kingdom of God was the starting point and the centre of Jesus’ whole public life. He was sent to announce this kingdom, to encourage people by means of his miracles to believe in his gospel, and to unite all the faithful in this new kingdom.
The Gospels use the terms "kingdom of God" and "kingdom of heaven" to refer to this kingdom.
Jesus Announced the COMING OF THE Kingdom
Jesus addressed his teachings on the kingdom of God to these Israelites, to those with false earthly ideas of the kingdom. Jesus came before his people as the Messiah predicted by the prophets. He preached and announced the kingdom as it was known by the true meaning of the prophets.
- The Parables Teach About the Kingdom
Jesus used parables to illustrate his doctrine about the kingdom of God. In many parables we find an introduction such as, "the kingdom of heaven is like...", or similar words. But even where there is no such introduction, the parables all still have at least some reference to the kingdom of God.
- In these parables we can see three principal points of view:
- The development of the kingdom, its nature, and its working;
- The members of the kingdom of heaven and their obligations;
- Christ the Head of the kingdom of God and his position among the members.
Jesus addresses these lessons first of all to his disciples, but also to the Jewish people as a whole to teach them the true character of the kingdom of the Messiah.