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How do we put the elephant together?

The definition of the Kingdom of God?  Mt 6:10

"One who has ultimate, decisive authority.  It also speaks of one who is strong, competent, important, and powerful, thus able to rule.  Lordship also denotes possession, that is, having the legal right of ownership and the final dispensation of that which he owns.  It also has the sense of priority.  'Lord is equivalent to the 'chief', or the 'Boss', the one on the top, the one who is in charge." From KITTLES WORD STUDIES.

The teaching on the Kingdom in the Gospels

            Matthew - Kingdom - 50 times (Kingdom of Heaven - 33 times)
            Luke - Kingdom of God - 30 times

The requirements to be part of the Kingdom of God

      Repentance and faith (Mk 1:15)
      Be born again (Jn 3:3,5)
      Undivided allegiance (Lk 9:62)

Character qualities of those in the Kingdom of God
      Poverty of spirit (Mt 5:3)
      Mourning (Mt 5:4)
      Meekness (Mt 5:5)
      Hunger and thirst after righteousness (Mt 5:6)
      Mercy (Mt 5:7, 18:21-23)
      Purity of heart (Mt 5:8)
      Peacemaking (Mt 5:9)
      Willing to be persecuted for the sake of righteousness (Mt 5:10-12)
      Surpassing righteousness (Mt 5:20)
      Childlikeness (Mt 18:3,4)
      Obedience (Mt 7:21)

Mysteries of the Kingdom

      Varied reception to the message of the Kingdom (Mt 13:3-9, 18-23)
      Counterfeits of the Kingdom (Mt 13:24-30, 36-43)
      Amazing growth of the Kingdom (Mt 13:31,32)
      Hidden growth of the Kingdom (Mt 13:33)
      Value of the Kingdom (Mt 13:44-46)
      The change at the end of the age (Mt 13:47-51)

The Kingdom of God - Present or Future?

      Present:  Mt 6:24,33; Luke 17:20,21; Col. 1:13
      Future - Millennium:  Mt 19:28, 26:29; Lk 21:31
      Future - Heaven:  Mt 25:46; I Cor 15:24-28; Phil 2:9-11

The Lordship of Jesus in the Church

      1. Jesus called Lord 747 times in the New Testament (Acts - 92 times)
      2. We became Christians by turning to Him as Lord
          (Acts 16:31; Roms 10:9,10; Col 1:13)
      3. We are to yield daily to His Lordship (I Cor 6:19,20; II Cor 5:15)
      4. It is not a tyrannical Lordship (Mt 11:28-30; Mt 10:39)
      5. Evidence of His Lordship in our lives (Rom 14:17; Gal 5:22)
      6. Each of us are urged to submit to His Lordship (Rom 12:1)


ACCORDING TO JESUS CHRIST by MacArthur; MY HEART CHRIST'S HOME by Munger; Campus Crusade for Christ material: Transferable Concepts #3 & #4, SAY YES by Luis Palau

ASSIGNMENT:  Read "My Heart Christ's Home" and be ready to discuss what it

meant to you.