An equipping ministry to Disciple the Church.
A mission base to Send the Church.
17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
“Kingdom” in the Greek means “The authority to rule.”
It can refer to a place or people ruled over but this is secondary to the central meaning of the “right to rule and the execution of that dynamic rule.”
Jesus was announcing the Good News (Gospel) of the rule of heaven (kingdom) was now present and manifesting in the earth because the true King of heaven and earth was among them.
The Old Testament had prophesied a coming global King and kingdom that would manifest out from the Jewish people.
What was not understood was that this King would not only be a man from the tribe of Judah but God. Very God from Heaven.
The whole ministry of Jesus is one of proclaiming and demonstrating the Kingdom of Heaven.
In a real (literal) sense, Jesus was colonizing the earth by first colonizing the hearts of men and women.
Haiti - French
Cuba - Spain
Bahamas - England
1. King conquers and establishes his reign in another place
2. Sets up a governor to rule and engage the culture of the king
3. Raise up indigenous leaders to propagate the kingdom’s culture
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.
44 In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.
45 This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands—a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces.
The prophets proclaimed a seemingly insignificant beginning kingdom, a small rock, that actually expands to fill the whole earth, a huge mountain.
Jesus will describe a dynamic kingdom that starts, mustard seed small, but ends up being the most significant kingdom on Earth, largest of trees.
He will also describe a rule of God that is independently dynamic, grows in stages, and ends up producing amazing fruit.
26 He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground.
27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.
28 All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.
29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”
The dynamic rule of Jesus will fill the whole world.
He will have our hearts and the nations.
But it will come in stages:
1. Seed stage - unseen working underground
2. Blade stage - sprouting manifestation of life though undeveloped
3. Head stage - growing pocket of fruit producing potential
4. Kernel state - fruit bearing manifestation
Patience, filled with hope and faith, are needed as we experience the growing dynamic rule of God in our lives and the earth.