My Purpose in the Kingdom of God

Rom 14:17-18 “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.  Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.”

Dear CBC Family,

This weekend, make special effort to join us for one of the most important sermons I have ever given on the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom is first and foremost a statement about God. God is its King, and He is advancing, as King, to set right what our sin made wrong.

The phrase “Kingdom of God” might be easier for some to grasp if I translated it as the “reign of God”. The message of the Kingdom is about God’s power directed by His love to establish His “reign”. As people who hold firmly to the sovereignty of God, the phrase “establishing His reign” sounds like a contradiction, but it isn’t. The Kingdom must be understood completely to avoid all confusion.

Today’s discussions, and definitions, regarding the Kingdom of God are as numerous as the sands of the sea. Well-intentioned people cannot seem to come to any real consensus. Some say the Kingdom is a 1000-year future Jewish kingdom which happens after a seven year “great tribulation” that has some people within it glorified and others still in the flesh. These poor people are still subject to sin and death, even though Jesus has already returned. This is the most popular view even though it has massive theological problems.

Many churches refer to God’s Kingdom as the way human beings make the world a better place (“kingdom work”) by their efforts. Others say the Kingdom is just “heaven” in the future. Some individuals see “missions work” as being “kingdom minded”.

Unfortunately, much of the contemporary talk about the Kingdom paints a picture of a kingdom with an unoccupied throne. Any portrayal of the Kingdom without the mention of God means that the Bible’s vision of the Kingdom has been lost. His kingdom is not the culmination of human potential and effort, but the intervention of His powerful grace into a sinful and broken world.

I encourage you to come this weekend and get a biblical Kingdom perspective on life and our purposes in it. I think you may be surprised and KNOW you will hear from our King through His most beautiful Word. I called the message, “My Purpose in the Kingdom of God.”


Pastor Scott




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