We are Not the Home Team
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“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1-2, NKJV) A few years ago I had baptismal studies with an elderly man named Oscar. He had just … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Kingdom and the Second Coming of Christ
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Second Coming

When Jesus spoke of the kingdom of God, He spoke of two certainties: (1) God’s activity through Christ in history to save humanity from sin and (2) God’s closure of history by restoring the saved to His original plan-to live with Him forever in the earth made new (Rev. 21:1-3). The first, as already noted, … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: The Kingdom of God
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Hope Sabbath School

You can view an in-depth discussion of “The Kingdom of God” in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath … [Click to read more …]

11: The Kingdom of God – Lesson Plan
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Key Thought : His subjects are the poor in spirit, the meek, and the persecuted. It is here that this work is to be accomplished for us, here that our bodies and spirits are to be fitted for immortality [Lesson Plan for The Kingdom of God June 8, 2015] 1. Have a volunteer read Luke … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Kingdom of God Already, Not Yet
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From Old to New

Jesus came proclaiming the kingdom of God. In His first public proclamation at Nazareth (Luke 4:16-21) Jesus affirmed that through Him that day Isaiah’s Messianic prophecy of the kingdom and its redeeming ministry had been inaugurated. Luke records another saying that attests the kingdom’s present reality. Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom would come, … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Characteristics of the Kingdom of God: Part 2
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A Treasure Chest

What do the following texts teach us about what citizenship in the kingdom of God is about? Luke 18:16-30; Luke 12:31-33; Luke 9:59-62 Entry into the kingdom of God is not dependent on one’s status or position, or one’s riches or the lack thereof. Luke, along with other Gospel writers, points out that one must come to … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Characteristics of the Kingdom of God: Part 1
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New Jerusalem

The Gospels are replete with references to the kingdom of God, all cumulatively testifying that a new order has been inaugurated in and through Jesus. What does Luke 11:2 say about the kingdom of God? Whose kingdom is it, and why is that so important? To say that this kingdom is God’s is not just … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Kingdom of God
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Read for This Week’s Study: Luke 11:2; Luke 1:32-33; Luke 18:16-30; Luke 17:23-24; Rev. 21:1-3; Luke 21:34-36. Memory Text: They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down in the kingdom of God (Luke 13:29, NKJV). The kingdom of God is a major theme and a … [Click to read more …]