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Foundation #9: Kingdom of God - The Central Message and Mission of Jesus
April 15, 2017      |     By: Sam McVay, Jr.      |      Category: Sermons

Message #9 in the Foundation of the Bible series.

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Matthew 3:1-2
In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea
2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

Matthew 4:17
17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

The central message of Jesus was that the Kingdom of Heaven (God) was at hand, near, upon them.
“Kingdom” here means “dynamic, present, right to rule.”

Jesus was literally declaring that among the kingdoms of man upon the earth there was now a new, heavenly kingdom advancing, invading, hemorrhaging, and taking root.

Matthew 4:23-24 (NIV)
23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.
24 News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them.

Matthew 9:35-36 (NIV)
35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.
36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

Jesus not only proclaimed the message of the Kingdom but he also executed the mission of the kingdom.

The rule of Heaven was breaking out through him and healing the sick, delivering the demonized, and shepherding the shepherd less.

Jesus taught his disciples to be kingdom focused:
Matthew 6:33 (NIV)
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 6:9-10 (NIV)
9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Matthew 10:7-8 (NIV)
7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’
8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

Matthew 13:10-11 (NIV)
10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”
11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.

Matthew 24:14 (NIV)
14 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.

The Old Testament had prophesied an ever growing eternal Kingdom

Daniel 2:31-35 (NIV)
31 “Your Majesty looked, and there before you stood a large statue—an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance.
32 The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze,
33 its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay.
34 While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them.
35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were all broken to pieces and became like chaff on a threshing floor in the summer. The wind swept them away without leaving a trace. But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth.

2 Samuel 7:11-13 (NIV)
11 “‘The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you:
12 When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom.
13 He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

Revelation declares the full and final victory of the Kingdom of God. 

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