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    "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
    - Jesus' words in Matthew 28:19-20

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    "And my God will liberally supply your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus."
    - Phillipians 4:19

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    "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
    - Jesus' words in Matthew 28:19-20

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What do we mean by the Kingdom of God, and how does it relate to the Church?

What is our identity, our place, and our part in the Church?

We can understand what the Kingdom of God is and how it relates to the Church by exploring the following;

There are various functions/ministries within the Church just as the parts of the body have different functions. All of these parts are necessary to fulfill the three-fold ministry of the Church.

Ministry toward God—Worship (Romans 12:1; Psalm 29:2; Psalm 96:9; John 4:24)

We worship the Lord by offering our bodies as living, holy, and acceptable sacrifices to God. We worship the Lord in the beauty of his holiness. We worship him in truth and spirit.

Ministry toward each other—Fellowship (Acts 2:44-46; Acts 4:32-35; John 13:34-35)

The Church is called to have close fellowship with each other—loving each other with a sincere heart and taking care of each other’s needs. Love is the main factor that binds the whole body together.

Ministry toward the world—Serving the world (Mark 16:15-16; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8)

Jesus sent His disciples to go out and preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God to each and every person on the face of the earth. He empowered them through His Word, Holy Spirit, and His ever-abiding promise. Each member of the Church is a witness to God’s redeeming power in his or her life. Our testimonies can impact lost souls and bring them to accept the Kingdom of God.

A healthy church is one in which every member is functioning properly. Only a body where each part fulfills its function will stand healthy and strong. If every member functions properly, then the local church will have inspiring worship, loving relationships, and servant hearts for the world.

As Paul says in Ephesians 4:16, there are three functions each member of the Church has to accomplish. “From Him, the whole body joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work (Ephesians 4:16).

Growing

Firstly, each member must grow. Each one of us is personally and directly connected to the Head, Jesus (John 15:4-6). We must grow in spiritual maturity in order to bear fruit. God has called each one of us to grow and not to remain spiritual babies (Hebrews 5:11-14).

Building up

Secondly, each member must build others. This has been one of the missing elements in many churches. We do not take deliberate, personal responsibility for building others up. Usually, we delegate that responsibility to some professionals called “full-time ministers.” But biblically, we all have the responsibility to build others up through encouragement and support. Parents are responsible for building their children (Ephesians 6:4; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Deuteronomy 11:18-21); existing disciples are responsible for building the new disciples (Matthew 28:19-20); the older women/men are responsible for building the younger ones (Titus 2:3-5; 2 Timothy 2:2).

Serving

Thirdly, each member must serve. Every member of the Church is a minister. We all have a calling from God along with the corresponding, necessary gifting as we continue to disciple in the way of Jesus and help each member to understand their gifting, the body functions in a healthy way to fulfill the mission of the Lord.

The purpose of different ministries/gifts within the body of Christ

The word of God says “to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12-13).

There are many members in the body of Christ, and all of these members form one body. God has made each member differently with a different gift that functions appropriately to allow each to fulfill whatever task God has given him/her. As we have many members in our physical body and none of the members have the same function, so we, the community of disciples, are one body in Christ with different gifts for ministry (Romans 12:4-5).

The Body of Christ, the Church, is one unified whole made up of different parts (1 Corinthians 12:12-28). Each member is vital for the Body’s growth and maturity. As many members in the Body of Christ, we each need to function for the growth, building up, and maturity of the Body of Christ. I am a single member; hence I am not the whole, not even the half, but only a small part of Christ’s Body. We must realize the relationship which exists between each member when we exercise our gifts. A member cannot be a substitute for the entire Body, yet it can affect the whole Body (1 Corinthians 12:12-31).

In the human body for example, the eyes can see, the ears can hear, and the nose can smell. They all have their own functions, and each has its own portion. The same is true with the members of the Body of Christ. Not every member can see or hear or smell; but each member has its own specific function. To serve the Body of Christ means to supply the Body with the life which a member receives from the Head. When the eyes of a seeing member sees, the entire body is able to see; that member of the Body of Christ who has insight into spiritual things becomes the eyes of the body.

In the physical realm, when my hand works, it is not my hand but my body which works; when my feet walk, it is not my feet but my body which walks. A physical member never does anything merely for its own benefit—whatever it does is for the sake of the body. The same is true in the spiritual Body.

Life needs a channel in which to flow. God is seeking for people in whom He can deposit an abundant portion of the life of Christ so that they may supply it to others (John 10:10). He wants us to be that channel of life, and He has given us our portion of talent, our specific channel, on which to focus our energies; some of these include administration, servant-heart, giving, hospitality, encouragement, music. Whatever the channel, God wants all of the parts of the Body to complement each other as they each carry out the duties to which they are assigned.

A healthy church is one in which every member grows, serves, and builds others. All of these qualities must come from the indwelling life of Christ in each believer (John 15:4-5). This is a profound paradigm shift from a program mentality to a people mentality. However, if we can create a church culture in which every believer takes responsibility to grow, serve, and build, the Church will easily transform the community in which we live.

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One-third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

What do we mean by the Kingdom of God, and how does it relate to the Church?

What is our identity, our place, and our part in the Church?

We can understand what the Kingdom of God is and how it relates to the Church by exploring the following;

The Kingdom of God is manifested and established through the Church that Jesus Christ builds (Matthew 16:18).

Jesus said, “I will build my Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” God’s purpose for the Church is found in Ephesians 3:10: “To the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the CHURCH to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places”.

Defining the Church

Our Global Disciples definition of the Church is the “Church” is a growing community of disciples centered in Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and focused on mission. The evidence of such a community is seen in its devotion to God’s Word, the quality and depth of fellowship, and a joyful sharing of lives celebrated in worship, communion, baptism, and prayer.

The word fellowship comes from the Greek word koinonia which means to share in common. A Christian fellowship means assimilating into the body of believers, becoming “one” in worshipping, loving, caring, and sharing. Fellowship is not an optional matter for followers of Jesus—it is mandatory. We need one another as much as the eye needs the hand and the head needs the feet. All of us need our brothers and sisters in the faith if we are to fulfill our mission of multiplying disciples and fellowships of believers in least-reached areas.

The first century Church was known by its fellowship with God and one another (Acts 2:42-47). They studied the Word together, ate together, and prayed together DAILY. They believed who they were in Christ and, as a result, the Word spread like wildfire. There are benefits in our fellowship with one another.

As disciples, we are all members of one family called the “Body of Christ.” We need one another for mutual encouragement and to help each other grow in our relationship with the Lord. That is why fellowship is so important. Our interaction with others also can and should encourage us to be accountable for our actions, words, and lifestyle so that we are living a godly life before the world (Hebrews 10:24-25). Proverbs 27:17 talks about how iron sharpens iron. We help each other stay sharp through the Word of God. Matthew 18:19 talks about how important it is to expect great results when we pray together with another believer. There are a lot of blessings when we are in a heart-to-heart fellowship with others (Psalm 133). There is nothing like spending time with people who love God and believe in who they are in Christ.

Fellowship with God = Fellowship with Others

Our relationship with Jesus Christ is obviously the basis for the forgiveness of our sins, but the Bible indicates that we cannot have a proper fellowship with God if we do not have proper fellowship with one another (1 John 1:5-7). Matthew 5:23-24 indicates that our worship to God is unacceptable unless we make things right with our brethren. This shows that there is a strong, inseparable relationship between “fellowship” and “loving one another.” Some Christians do not understand the benefit of fellowship. They wish to seek the Lord and pray by themselves, they want to do everything on their own; they want to be not only a mouth but also ears, to be hands as well as feet. It is not so with those who truly know how God intends for His Church to function because they know that they need fellowship. In fellowship, we acknowledge that we are limited and insufficient apart from others.  Through fellowship, we gladly receive what we need and give what others need.

Love affirms salvation

Many passages of the Bible confirm that loving one another is an affirmation of our salvation (1 John 3:14). We are able to see our fellowship with God from the reflection of our fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ (1 John 4:20); our relationship with one another is the barometer that measures our spiritual temperature. Our degree of love toward one another is the gauge that shows our love for God (1 John 4:12). When we can remain loving and steadfast—even if others say negative things about us, let us down, or do something that offends us—our love is being perfected. We’re growing up as disciples and becoming more like Christ!

Jesus commanded us to love one another in the same way that He loves us. He stated that this love toward others was the necessary evidence to prove our faithful discipleship to the world (John 13:34-35). How much love do we have for one another? The Bible says that we’re supposed to be ready to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (1 John 3:16). How do we really lay down our lives for them if we are not willing to meet with them a few times a week for fellowship? 

We can’t do it alone

It is very important for every believer to be an active part of a Christian fellowship. Willful rejection of fellowship is evidence of not walking in the light (1 John 1:6). All through the New Testament, Jesus shows us that He takes personally how we relate to His body. Our love, expressions of kindness, and ministry to any of our brothers and sisters in Christ are received as though they were done to the Lord (Matthew 25:40). Is it right to refuse to fellowship with one another when the opportunity is given? If we refuse to fellowship with one another, we are refusing to fellowship with Christ (Matthew 18:20).

Fellowship within the Body of Christ is crucial to our continued growth as disciples. We need the preaching and teaching from God’s Word, the encouragement that draws us close to our brothers and sisters, the opportunities of Christian ministry for growth, and the opportunity to practice loving other Christians well.

Each part of the Church is equal before God and equally accountable to both God and every other part of the body. In practice, this means that each part must both give and receive accountability. God designed the Church to function best when its members are there for each other in ways that encourage one another and hold them responsible to the commitment they have made to follow Christ. Every believer is accountable to the local Church leadership in the community of believers where he/she is ministering and, at the same time, is also accountable to the Lord. As soon as we made the commitment to believe in Jesus and what He did for us, God adopted us to be His children. This means that we are all accountable to God and to one another.

What are some of the benefits of fellowshipping with other believers?

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One-third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

What do we mean by the Kingdom of God, and how does it relate to the Church?

What is our identity, our place, and our part in the Church?

We can understand what the Kingdom of God is and how it relates to the Church by exploring the following;

As Christians, our identity is in Christ. If it is not, it must be in something else—our nationality, our family, our friends, our possessions, our job. When all of these are gone, however, we have nothing. But if we have our identity founded and fixed in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, we can never be shaken.

Our new identity in Christ

If we have placed our trust in the risen Son of God, turned from our sins, and accepted by faith the reality of His death and resurrection, we have an amazing new identity.

We are God’s dearly loved children in whom He delights, heirs of His incredible blessings, saints with new natures, and citizens of God’s kingdom (John 1:12; 1 John 3:1-2; Romans 8:16).

New creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17)

As followers of Jesus Christ, we have a new identity. Our sins are forgiven, and we enjoy the new hope, strength, and courage in our new birth. Instead of our old life, we have abundant and eternal life that is His life in us. What a privilege to have such a new life in Christ.  The Devil is defeated by these new creations taking authority over every circumstance in the name of Jesus Christ. 

Ministers of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18)

We are called to bring peace and reconciliation in today’s world that is filled with hatred, envy, and strife. Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God. We are called to be ministers of reconciliation in our work places, churches, families—everywhere.

Ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20)

A follower of Jesus Christ is an ambassador for Christ. He or she has a higher and greater task given from God that must be accomplished. In order to fulfill this task, the believer exercises the authority given by God. 

The righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Jesus Christ took all of our sins upon Himself and died for us so that we would become the righteousness of God. When God looks at us, He sees the powerful blood of Christ over us. He calls us His children. He has taken all our sins, cast them into the depths of the sea, and put a signboard for the devil which reads, “No fishing here!

Children of God (John 1:12)

In Christ, we become the children of God and receive the boldness and courage to approach His throne of grace calling Him “Abba, Father.” The Holy Spirit within us bears witness that we are the children of God (Romans 8:14-16).

Salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13-14)

We become as important as salt and light in life. Salt looks very insignificant but, in any dish that we cook, it plays an important role. It makes the dish tasty and delicious. Where a believer goes, there is real peace and joy, and hope overflows in a way that changes lives and impacts all those around.

Light of the World (Matthew 5:13-14)

Light reveals everything. As we live righteous lives, lives showing right relationship with God and Christ-like relationship with others, the works of darkness will not only be revealed but will also be removed from the lives of people around us. Our identity in Christ will heal a hurting world.

Branches in the Vine (John 15:5)

God has called us to be His, and He wants us to bear fruit. When we abide in Christ and His words abide in our hearts, we will bear the fruit of the Spirit in our daily lives, and the fruits of the ministry will be seen in us for the saving of many souls.

Friends of God (John 15:15)

Living in sin makes us hostile to God. But when we receive Christ into our hearts, we become His friends. This is a relationship to be cherished and nourished; talking to Him on a daily basis and walking in obedience to His word strengthens this relationship.

More than Conquerors (Romans 8:37)

Jesus defeated Satan, took the victory, and handed it over to us. As soon as we believe in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, we become more than conquerors through Him. The Devil can do us no harm. He is defeated, He is defeated, He is defeated!

Temple of God (1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 2 Corinthians 6:16)

It’s a privilege that God makes us His abiding place, His temple. We are called to live holy lives. What God demands from us is a pure heart and clean hands.

Aroma of Christ (2 Corinthians 2:15-16)

The people around us must smell the love of Christ in and though our lives. When persecuted, we are called to bless. We are blessed to become a blessing for a loveless world which is perishing without the knowledge of the Savior’s love. We are called to LOVE.

Fully embracing our new identity

Our new identity in Christ is a life of love, meaning, and purpose. It is Christ living in and through us. Apostle Paul proclaims that we have been chosen to share in God’s glory (Romans 5:1-2). If we fully understand the riches of God’s glory in this life and the next, we will never be the same.

One of the reasons many of us Christians miss out on the abundant life Christ offers us is that we do not really believe God has something better for us beyond what we have experienced. We do not want to let go of the beliefs and values of this world. Each time we base our self-worth on accomplishments and appearance rather than on who we are in Christ, we are choosing to follow the value system of this world. Every time we choose our actions and priorities based on what is popular or currently accepted rather than on what matters to God, we are short-circuiting God’s power in our lives and sabotaging the amazing plan He has for us.  

The supernatural life Christ offers requires that we turn our backs on the old and wholeheartedly embrace the new. God always pursues us to show us a whole new way of thinking, seeing, and living that comes with fully surrendering our lives to Him. Our identity and place in Christ are given to us with a purpose to be accomplished within the Body of Christ. We are members of the Body of Christ with a specific function that we need to discover and put to good use. 

How often do I experience my new identity in Christ? In which of these areas am I strongest and in which of these areas do I need improvement?

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One-third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

What do we mean by the Kingdom of God, and how does it relate to the Church?

What is our identity, our place, and our part in the Church?

We can understand what the Kingdom of God is and how it relates to the Church by exploring the following;

The Kingdom of God refers to the realm, domain, or sphere in which God reigns.

The Kingdom of God is central to the Gospel of Jesus and very important to His ministry.

Our Lord Jesus Christ is the King of the Kingdom of God—the “King of kings and the Lord of lords” (Revelation 19:11-16; Revelation 5:9-10).

Jesus began His earthly ministry by preaching that the Kingdom of God was at hand (Mark 1:14-15).

He preached the Kingdom that is near us and within us (Luke 10:9; Luke 17:21). He taught His disciples to do the same (Luke 9:2) and, following His instruction, they also preached the Good News about the Kingdom of God (Matthew 10:7; Luke 9:2). 

The message of the early Church was also focused on the Kingdom and its King (Acts 8:12; Acts 14:22; Acts 19:8; Acts 20:25; Acts 28:30-31).

What does the Bible say about the Kingdom of God?

Let’s look further at what the Bible says about God’s Kingdom.

Yours, O Lord, is the Kingdom” (1 Chronicles 29:11).

Justice will be the scepter of your Kingdom” (Psalm 45:6).

His Kingdom is an eternal kingdom” (Daniel 4:3).

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your Kingdom come” (Matthew 6:10)

The Kingdom of God is also called the Kingdom of Heaven. God is ruling the entire universe from His throne in heaven. In His Matthew 13 parables, Jesus compared the Kingdom of God with six different things to show the transforming power and value of the Kingdom of God. Jesus compared the Kingdom of God with:

  • A man who sowed good seed in his field in the midst of a world filled with evil (Matthew 13:24-30). 
  • A mustard seed with potential to grow (Matthew 13:31-32). 
  • Yeast with power to change lives (Matthew 13:33).
  • A treasure hidden in a field that is very costly (Matthew 13:44).
  • A merchant looking for a great pearl that is precious (Matthew 13:45-46).
  • A net that gathers different kinds of fish (Matthew 13:47-48).

God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son so that whoever believes in His name shall not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

God’s Kingdom is full of LOVE.

Our Lord Jesus Christ gave us a new commandment to love one another as He loved us, to fully represent His Kingdom in this world (John 13:34-35). He wants us to be known by our love for one another.

The distinguishing mark of true Kingdom-minded disciples is the love that they have for one another. Our Lord also said that loving only Christians is not true agape love (Matthew 5:43-48). In His parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus shared His expectations for Kingdom-minded ministers to show genuine kindness and love towards their neighbors, Christian and non-Christian alike (Luke 10:29-37). In the Kingdom of God, our Christian love must extend beyond our brethren in our own church group and even beyond the church community.

Are we reflecting what the Kingdom of God looks like in our relationships with one another and with our neighbors?  

How does one enter into the Kingdom of God?

Jesus made it clear that no one can enter into the Kingdom of God without being born again (John 3:3-5). How can one be born again to enter the Kingdom of God? This is the question that Nicodemus asked Jesus. New birth is granted to all who repent of their sin and who both believe and receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord (Matthew 3:2; John 1:12). It is the will of God for everyone to repent and believe in Jesus Christ so that He will grant them new life (2 Peter 3:9; Matthew 7:21; 2 Corinthians 5:17). To receive this free gift of God, we need to be like children (Mark 10:14). 

When Jesus asked His disciples who they thought He was, Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Then Jesus responded, saying:

Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. (Matthew 16:15-19).

When we enter into the Kingdom of God, we are given authority with Him. The benefits of citizenship belong only to those who have put themselves under the authority of the sovereign King Jesus. Speaking of Christ, Revelation 17:14 says, “He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and with Him will be His called, chosen and faithful followers.” Therefore, our first allegiance is to our heavenly citizenship rather than our earthly citizenship.

As citizens of the Kingdom, it is great to know our place and identity in Christ (Ephesians 2:5-7; Colossians 3:3-4). “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the Kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

Seeking the Kingdom

The Kingdom of God is to be sought first. First things come first. Many times we are so concerned about what are we going to do to meet our expenses. What will we eat? Where will we stay? How are we going to pay all of the school fees, electricity bills, medical bills? Jesus says in Matthew 6:31-33, “So do not worry saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and ALL these things shall be given to you as well.”

As disciples of Jesus, we have dual citizenship—the earthly and the heavenly. The citizen of heaven is an ambassador first and foremost here on earth (2 Corinthians 5:20). We are not of this world but are merely aliens on this earth and ambassadors for Christ (John 17:14-19). Before we were born again, we were aliens to God and citizens of this world. But after salvation, we became resident aliens, sojourners in the kingdom of this world. Jesus set the standard of devotion for Kingdom citizens when He quoted the Old Testament passage from Deuteronomy 6:5, declaring this to be the greatest commandment: “You shall love the Lord your God with ALL your heart, with ALL your soul, and with ALL your mind” (Matthew 22:37). Therefore, there is no room for anything else in our life except for the Kingdom of God.

In Philippians 3:17-19, Paul contrasts two groups, and the difference between the two lies in the way each lives. He implies that those who are citizens of heaven are characterized by setting their hearts, not on the things of the world, but on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God (Colossians 3:1). The other group consists of “the enemies of the cross of Christ” (Philippians 3:18). They will end in destruction because they have “set their mind on earthly things” (Philippians 3:19). Therefore, we are not of this world but are the citizens of heaven, residing on earth.

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of Gods household, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (Ephesians 2:19-22)

The Kingdom of God is about righteous living (Romans 14:17)

Righteousness means right standing with God. The Bible tells us that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). All of our righteous works are like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). When we believe in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, repent of our sins, and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sins, and God’s righteousness is credited to us (1 John 1:7, 1 John 1:9). We become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21).

The Kingdom of God is peace (John 14:26)

Jesus said to His disciples, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). God’s peace rules and reigns in our hearts. This does not mean that problems won’t come in our lives, but it does mean that God will give us perfect peace in our hearts that passes all human understanding (Philippians 4:7).

The Kingdom of God is joy in the Holy Spirit

In His presence there is fullness of JOY (Psalm16:11). We will experience this always, even when we go through the valley experiences, because the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, has been given us to be with us always, and He will never leave us alone.

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One-third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

What do we mean by the Kingdom of God, and how does it relate to the Church?

What is our identity, our place, and our part in the Church?

We can understand what the Kingdom of God is and how it relates to the Church by exploring the following;

The redemptive work of God is manifested in and through the Church. God designed the Church to make His manifold wisdom known to the principalities and powers in heavenly places.

Jesus said in Matthew 16:18, “I will build my Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Jesus loved the Church and gave Himself for her that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the Word and that He might present her to Himself a glorious Church, holy and without blemish (Ephesians 6:25-27). 

It is very important to recognize that there are two kingdoms at war with each other.

One is the Kingdom of God, where Jesus is the King with all of the angels as His hosts and the believers as the royal priesthood.

The other is the kingdom of Satan, where Lucifer is the king with all the demons as his servants. God’s Kingdom is the Kingdom of light where God reigns in righteousness, and the Devil’s kingdom is the kingdom of darkness where the Devil rules with wickedness and sin.

We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) and have entered into the kingdom of Satan (Ephesians 2:1-3), after which we became enemies of God (Romans 5:6-10).

Jesus came in human form to redeem us from our sin that separates us from the Kingdom of God (Hebrews 9:22). In this, the love of God was manifested toward us—that God sent His only begotten Son into the world that we might live through Him (1 John 4:9).

God has delivered each one of us “from the power of the darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13-14; Revelation 1:5-6).

The Church is built by our Lord Jesus who promised that “the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). Many people are looking for the perfect church. There is no perfect church on this earth. However, God continues to call His Church into repentance so that we will represent His Kingdom in this world. That is why Jesus gave visions of the fallen condition of the Church to the Apostle John in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 2:4, Revelation 2:9, Revelation 2:13-15, Revelation 2:20, Revelation 3:1-2, Revelation 3:8, Revelation 3:15-17).

Someone once said, “If we are looking for a perfect church and find it out, the moment we joined, it would no longer be perfect, because we are not perfect.” So the Church is the place where we learn from one another and shape one another to represent the Kingdom of God.

Conclusion

In the world today, thousands of people from all tribes, languages, and people groups are hearing the Gospel and accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Jesus is building His Church to fully represent the Kingdom of God here on earth. There’s a call for holiness, unity, and peace in the Body of Christ.

As you understand your function in the Body, God will use you in a powerful way for His glory.

If each of the individual members of the Body of Christ is functioning to full capacity, then the body is healthy. If even one member is missing, however, both that member and the rest of the Body are damaged.

Until we have a deep commitment to the Body of Christ and its ministry, our spiritual maturity will be hindered. There are many ways to function in the Body of Christ, but one of the most important is through fellowship.

Many think that they can sufficiently provide for their own spiritual needs, but this is simply not the case. Being “in Christ” does not remove us from the responsibility we have to the other members of the Body of Christ; on the contrary, not only does being involved in the Body allow our needs to be met, but it also allows us to meet the needs of others as we function in our proper roles.

If every member of the Body of Christ would obey John 13:34-35, it would not only transform the Church, but it would turn the world upside down as the early Church did with true love and fellowship.

May God use our ministry of serving His Body and our knowledge of Him to be the real representation of His Kingdom!

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