What Is The Kingdom: How Do We Become Kingdom People?
This article explores how we become people of the Kingdom and participate in the "good news" that Jesus declared.
Extending the Kingdom of God through church planting and missional living.
The Words & Works of the Kingdom
John Wimber had this to say about Jesus’ kingdom activity:
“… ‘Kingdom’ is translated from the New Testament Greek word basileia, which implies an exercise of kingly rule or reign rather than simply establishing a geographic realm over which a king rules. …The kingdom of God is the dynamic reign or rule of God. When Jesus said that the kingdom of God had come in him, he claimed for himself the position of a divine invader, coming to set everything straight: ‘The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s works’ (1 John 3:8)” (Wimber, Kingdom Evangelism, p. 12).
In other words, Jesus not only spoke words about the kingdom – he went around Israel doing the works of the kingdom. He was destroying the works of the evil one that bring physical and spiritual death to human beings. Jesus had a message of Good News (that is what the word “Gospel” means), but he also had a ministry to back it up. As he trained his disciples, they became apprentices to his work, “doing the stuff ” of the kingdom of God.
Commissioned & Empowered
In the Vineyard family of churches, we believe that Christians are commissioned and empowered by the Spirit of God to do the works of the kingdom. With Jesus, we are empowered by the Spirit to bring “the presence of God’s future” to our streets, neighborhoods, towns, and cities – in the hospitals, homes, and hearts to which he sends us....we believe that Christians are commissioned and empowered by the Spirit of God to do the works of the kingdom. Click To Tweet
Will you say “yes” to God – will you become a person who works with Jesus, in word and works, to demonstrate that the kingdom of God is truly near?
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