When John the Baptist is sent to prepare the way for Jesus, he tells the people, "Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand." Similarly, when Jesus returns from his temptation in the wilderness, he begins his ministry by preaching, "Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand." If the kingdom of God was so central to the ministries of John the Baptist and Jesus, then why is it that we don't talk about it very much? In fact, when we talk about the "good news," it often has far more to do with personal salvation than it has to do with any sort of kingdom. If the kingdom was so central to the message of John and Jesus, then why is not central to our message?
Kingdom is not only at the center of the Gospels, it is also at the center of the story of the Bible as a whole. Come explore the theme of God's kingdom with us, and together we'll realize that when we understand the kingdom like John and Jesus did, it changes everything.
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