Kingdom as Hope
God’s people will live on a restored earth forever. Through his Messiah, God will heal the world and bring it back to its original glory. What God wanted in the beginning he will get in the end. He did not create us to inhabit heaven but paradise on earth.
Psalm 2: Jesus Destined to Rule on David’s Throne
Psalm 110: History in the Making
Isaiah 2.1-4: All Nations Look to Jerusalem for Guidance
Matthew 5.5: Will the Meek Inherit Heaven?
Matthew 6.9-10: Pray for Renewal, not Removal
Kingdom as Gospel
The message John, Jesus, and the apostles preached all included a call to repentance in light of the coming kingdom. Though Christ’s death and resurrection are undoubtedly important parts of the gospel, they are not the whole. The gospel of the kingdom both challenges and woos the unbeliever to turn his or her whole life around and receive the forgiveness God desperately wants to give them.
Matthew 4.17: The Inaugural Statement of Jesus’ Ministry
Matthew 4.23: The Kingdom of Heaven Defined
Matthew 9.35: The Bookend to Matthew’s Kingdom Section
Matthew 13.19: The Parable of The Sower and The Kingdom of God
Acts 28.23, 30-31
Watch The Forgotten Gospel video (53 min)
Kingdom as Way
Before God redeems the whole world, he redeems individuals who can then testify to God’s goodness and the wholeness available today in anticipation of the kingdom to come. Already we center our lives on the kingdom ethics Jesus taught as witnesses to the radical love that will one day permeate the whole world.
Matthew 5-7: Kingdom Ethics in the Sermon on the Mount
Matthew 12.28; Luke 11.20: The Kingdom of God Has Come upon You
Luke 4.16-21: Jesus’ Kingdom Ministry in His Inaugural Sermon
1 Corinthians 6.1-11: Don’t You Know That the Saints Will Judge the World?