Extending the Kingdom

Nowhere in Scripture are we ever told to “build the Kingdom of God” here on earth.  There are preachers and teachers that will say that, but nowhere do we find this idea supported in the Word of God.  God’s Kingdom is the exercise of God’s authority.  It is God reigning.  And because His reign is firmly established and will never come to an end, it cannot be contested or improved upon.  It can, however, be extended.  There are three primary ways we can work with the Lord to extend His reign.  Can you guess what they are?

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The Joyful Discovery

The fact that God is beginning to reign in our present time and space is presented throughout the Gospels as good news.  And it is indeed good news as God’s reign is the only thing that will truly put things right in our lives no matter how messed up they have been.  This good news demands that we respond.  In this post we will examine two of the King’s stories that illustrate the joyful response of those who make the joyful discovery of the Kingdom of God.

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How the Kingdom Progresses

It never ceases to amaze me how the King could take such simple things from everyday life and use them to profoundly illustrate the Kingdom of God.  But that is  the true essence of a parable.  It takes something ordinary and throws it alongside a spiritual truth in order to make it come alive in the minds of those who have ears to hear.  In this post we will look at a picture the King took from the kitchens of the day to help us understand how the Kingdom progresses.

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