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1. Kingdom of God ???? Trainer Name Ministry ????? ?? Opening SlideOpening Slide

2. 2 What Is “The Gospel”? ???“??”? Traditional understanding? ?????? What does “gospel” mean? “??”?????? According to Jesus? ??????? Methodologies: Question Asking Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Methodologies: Question Asking Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content:

3. 3 Jesus and the Kingdom of God ??????? The phrase “Kingdom of God/Heaven” is spoken by Jesus over 90 times in the four Gospels. ???????, ????“???/??” ??90? Jesus’ main message is described in the Gospels as “The good news of the Kingdom.” (Mt. 4:23,9:35; Luke 4:43, 9:11) ??????????????“??????”?(?4:23, 9:35; ?4:43, 9:11) When Jesus sent out his disciples, he sent them to “preach the Kingdom of God and heal the sick.” (Mt. 10:7-8; Luke 9:2) ????????????,????“?????????????” (?10:7-8;?9:2) Methodologies: Biblical Overview Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: By way of comparison to the great number of times “Kingdom of God/Heaven” is used in the Gospels, the word “church” appears only twice. If this message was so important to Jesus, it must be equally important to us! Not only was this Jesus’ main message, it MUST be our main message to the world as well. Therefore, we must be crystal clear in our own minds about what this “good news of the Kingdom” is -- but I would guess that most of us aren’t. This is not a small problem! The purpose of this session is to try and gain that clarity. Put aside your current ideas and look at this subject with fresh eyes. Let’s examine what Scripture reveals about the Kingdom of God and what it means for our lives and work. Methodologies: Biblical Overview Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: By way of comparison to the great number of times “Kingdom of God/Heaven” is used in the Gospels, the word “church” appears only twice. If this message was so important to Jesus, it must be equally important to us! Not only was this Jesus’ main message, it MUST be our main message to the world as well. Therefore, we must be crystal clear in our own minds about what this “good news of the Kingdom” is -- but I would guess that most of us aren’t. This is not a small problem! The purpose of this session is to try and gain that clarity. Put aside your current ideas and look at this subject with fresh eyes. Let’s examine what Scripture reveals about the Kingdom of God and what it means for our lives and work.

4. 4 Jesus and the Kingdom of God ??????? Jesus said, “I must preach the good news of the Kingdom of God… because that is why I was sent.” (Lu. 4:43) ???:“?????????…?????????” (? 4:43) Jesus lived, labored, suffered and died to get this message across. It is this message he entrusted to his disciples and the church. ?????????????????????????????????????? … but do we understand it today? ????????? Methodologies: Biblical Overview, Question Asking Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Jesus said that this was His purpose – He gave His whole life to further this message. Do we understand this today? Q: What is a kingdom? Are there certain common or universal elements to all kingdoms? If so, what are they…? (Ask the group, brainstorm…). Methodologies: Biblical Overview, Question Asking Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Jesus said that this was His purpose – He gave His whole life to further this message. Do we understand this today? Q: What is a kingdom? Are there certain common or universal elements to all kingdoms? If so, what are they…? (Ask the group, brainstorm…).

5. 5 What Is a “Kingdom”? ???“??”? Four essential elements of any Kingdom are: ????????????: 1. A king who rules ????????? 2. Subjects, or those over whom the king rules ??, ????????? 3. Laws and ordinances of the king ??????? 4. A realm or territory over which the king rules ???????????? Methodologies: Question Asking Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Part - The Kingdom of God Defined Here are the four elements of any kingdom Now, let’s think about the Kingdom of God. Q: Who is the King? A: Jesus Q: Who are the subjects? A: His people Q: What are the laws and ordinances of the King? How are they revealed? A: Great Commandment, Covenant, etc. Q: What is the realm or territory of the Kingdom of God? A: All of the universeMethodologies: Question Asking Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Part - The Kingdom of God Defined Here are the four elements of any kingdom Now, let’s think about the Kingdom of God. Q: Who is the King? A: Jesus Q: Who are the subjects? A: His people Q: What are the laws and ordinances of the King? How are they revealed? A: Great Commandment, Covenant, etc. Q: What is the realm or territory of the Kingdom of God? A: All of the universe

6. 6 What Is THE KINGDOM? ?????? Any realm where Jesus reigns ??????????? Any realm where God’s will is done ??????????????? Methodologies: Deduction Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Ask this question – How do we define the Kingdom of God?Methodologies: Deduction Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Ask this question – How do we define the Kingdom of God?

7. 7 Who Is the King? ????? Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. (Matt. 28:18) ?????,????:“??????????????” (?28:18) God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen. (1 Tim. 6:15-1) ???????????????????,??????????????????,??????,???????…??????????????????! (????? 6:15-16) Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: God is the creator of the universe. He is King over it all. Not only did He create it, but He sustains it moment by moment. He is the sovereign ruler of the universe. Nothing happens apart from His knowledge or approval. Do you believe this? Though human beings may deny His very existence, or even curse Him daily, He still sustains their very breath, and one day they will bow before Him and acknowledge Him as the sovereign Lord. Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: God is the creator of the universe. He is King over it all. Not only did He create it, but He sustains it moment by moment. He is the sovereign ruler of the universe. Nothing happens apart from His knowledge or approval. Do you believe this? Though human beings may deny His very existence, or even curse Him daily, He still sustains their very breath, and one day they will bow before Him and acknowledge Him as the sovereign Lord.

8. 8 Who Are the Subjects? ????? NOW ?? “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations.” (Matt. 28:19a) “??,????,?????????” (?28:19a) FUTURE ?? “As surely as I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.” (Rom. 14:11) “?????????,???????,????????” (? 14:11) Everything and everyone is subject to him! ????????! Methodologies: Bible Exploration, Question Asking Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: What does “everything” mean? What part of “everything” don’t we understand? Yet at times, we act like there are some parts of our life, or parts of our society that aren’t subject to Him. Parts that are governed by other sources of authority. In the Church, God’s Word is our authority, but not at work. Why do we do this? Review of Dualism Problem: Throughout its history, the church has struggled with dualism. Dividing things into “spiritual” and “secular” categories. The spiritual is higher, holy and deals with eternal life, salvation, ethics and morality. The secular category covers everything else. When we do this, we exclude God from large segments of our life, vocation and society. Q: Take a moment to reflect on your own life and work. Is this dualism present? Does God’s Word apply to some things but not others? Do you seek to honor God in certain things and neglect Him in others? But in the Bible, there is no such divide. God created everything, and everything is subject to Him. We are to glorify and honor Him in all parts of life and in all spheres of society. His Word applies to all things.Methodologies: Bible Exploration, Question Asking Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: What does “everything” mean? What part of “everything” don’t we understand? Yet at times, we act like there are some parts of our life, or parts of our society that aren’t subject to Him. Parts that are governed by other sources of authority. In the Church, God’s Word is our authority, but not at work. Why do we do this? Review of Dualism Problem: Throughout its history, the church has struggled with dualism. Dividing things into “spiritual” and “secular” categories. The spiritual is higher, holy and deals with eternal life, salvation, ethics and morality. The secular category covers everything else. When we do this, we exclude God from large segments of our life, vocation and society. Q: Take a moment to reflect on your own life and work. Is this dualism present? Does God’s Word apply to some things but not others? Do you seek to honor God in certain things and neglect Him in others? But in the Bible, there is no such divide. God created everything, and everything is subject to Him. We are to glorify and honor Him in all parts of life and in all spheres of society. His Word applies to all things.

9. 9 What Are the Laws? ?????? “... teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Mt. 28:20a) “…????????,????????” (? 28:20a) Jesus said: “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” (Mt. 5:18) ???:“???????,?????????,????????????,?????” (? 5:18) Methodologies: Bible Exploration, Question Asking Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: There are three types of laws: Moral laws = The Ten Commandments and the teachings of Jesus and Apostles. Physical (or Natural) laws = Laws that govern the physical world, such as the law of gravity. Metaphysical laws = God’s created order. For example, God created man in his image, male and female. We are not free to create new genders. They are imposed on creation by God to give order to the universe. E. Stanley Jones: “You don’t break God’s laws, you break yourself against them.” Q: How are these laws revealed? Q: If God is the King of kings, over what do His laws apply? Methodologies: Bible Exploration, Question Asking Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: There are three types of laws: Moral laws = The Ten Commandments and the teachings of Jesus and Apostles. Physical (or Natural) laws = Laws that govern the physical world, such as the law of gravity. Metaphysical laws = God’s created order. For example, God created man in his image, male and female. We are not free to create new genders. They are imposed on creation by God to give order to the universe. E. Stanley Jones: “You don’t break God’s laws, you break yourself against them.” Q: How are these laws revealed? Q: If God is the King of kings, over what do His laws apply?

10. 10 What Is the Realm? ?????? The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all. (Ps. 103:19) ??????????,????????? (?103:19) The earth is the Lord’s and all it contains, the world, and all those who dwell in it. (Ps. 24:1) ????????,????????,?????? (?24:1) Methodologies: Bible Exploration, Question Asking Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Reminder Quote: “There is not one square inch of the entire universe over which King Jesus does not declare “Mine!” -- Abraham Kuyper Q: What ARE the borders of God’s Kingdom? How far does His rule extend? The Kingdom of God is as broad as creation is wide. There is no realm that exists independently of God’s sovereign rule and authority. There is no place we can go to remove ourselves from God’s dominion. Methodologies: Bible Exploration, Question Asking Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Reminder Quote: “There is not one square inch of the entire universe over which King Jesus does not declare “Mine!” -- Abraham Kuyper Q: What ARE the borders of God’s Kingdom? How far does His rule extend? The Kingdom of God is as broad as creation is wide. There is no realm that exists independently of God’s sovereign rule and authority. There is no place we can go to remove ourselves from God’s dominion.

11. 11 Satan’s Counterfeit Kingdom ??????? “… the devil took [Jesus] to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. ‘All this I will give you,’ he said, ‘if you will bow down and worship me’” (Mt. 4:8-9). “…????[??]????????,?????????????????,???:‘??????,???????????’” (?4:8-9) Methodologies: Bible Exploration, Question Asking Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Q: If God is perfect, holy, good and just -- and if He is the sovereign Lord over the entire universe -- then why is there so much pain and suffering in the world? God’s enemy, Satan, has sought since the beginning of man’s history to draw men away from their Creator. Satan is a fallen angel. As an angel, he is a created being. He rebelled against God before the foundation of the earth (Is. 14:12-15). Because of Satan, we live in a world of two kingdoms that are at war with each other: God’s true, eternal Kingdom, and Satan’s counterfeit, temporal kingdom. God is allowing Satan’s counterfeit Kingdom to stand -- but only for a season. Jesus spoke of these two kingdoms in His parable of the wheat and the weeds. We’ll look at this important parable later. Satan tries his utmost to tear down and destroy all that is God’s and to claim it--falsely--as his own. He is called “the one who deceives the whole world” (Rev. 12:9). He has done such a good job that many Christians have been fooled into believing that the earth is his! Methodologies: Bible Exploration, Question Asking Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Q: If God is perfect, holy, good and just -- and if He is the sovereign Lord over the entire universe -- then why is there so much pain and suffering in the world? God’s enemy, Satan, has sought since the beginning of man’s history to draw men away from their Creator. Satan is a fallen angel. As an angel, he is a created being. He rebelled against God before the foundation of the earth (Is. 14:12-15). Because of Satan, we live in a world of two kingdoms that are at war with each other: God’s true, eternal Kingdom, and Satan’s counterfeit, temporal kingdom. God is allowing Satan’s counterfeit Kingdom to stand -- but only for a season. Jesus spoke of these two kingdoms in His parable of the wheat and the weeds. We’ll look at this important parable later. Satan tries his utmost to tear down and destroy all that is God’s and to claim it--falsely--as his own. He is called “the one who deceives the whole world” (Rev. 12:9). He has done such a good job that many Christians have been fooled into believing that the earth is his!

12. 12 Concurrent Kingdoms ????????? “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.” (Mt. 13:24-26) “???????????,????????,????,????????????????????,???????” (? 13:24-26) Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: The parable of the wheat and the weeds is very helpful in understanding Kingdom advancement. We already spoke about Satan’s counterfeit kingdom. Not only does God’s Kingdom seem to be advancing, but Satan’s kingdom seems to be advancing as well! Jesus explained this by telling the story of a wheat field. Q: Who is the sower of the good seed? Q: What does “the field” represent? Q: What does the good seed represent? Q: Who is the sower of the weeds? Q: When is the harvest? Q: Until the harvest, what is happening in the field? Q: What will happen at the harvest? Q: Will God’s Kingdom fully come on this side of His second return? Q: How does Jesus want us (the good seed) to do until He returns? (See Lu. 19:11-26).Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: The parable of the wheat and the weeds is very helpful in understanding Kingdom advancement. We already spoke about Satan’s counterfeit kingdom. Not only does God’s Kingdom seem to be advancing, but Satan’s kingdom seems to be advancing as well! Jesus explained this by telling the story of a wheat field. Q: Who is the sower of the good seed? Q: What does “the field” represent? Q: What does the good seed represent? Q: Who is the sower of the weeds? Q: When is the harvest? Q: Until the harvest, what is happening in the field? Q: What will happen at the harvest? Q: Will God’s Kingdom fully come on this side of His second return? Q: How does Jesus want us (the good seed) to do until He returns? (See Lu. 19:11-26).

13. 13 The Good News ??? God is on a mission to reclaim His Kingdom! ?????????! “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in [Jesus], and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross” (Col. 1:19-20). “?????????????????????????????????????,???????,??????????,????????” (???? 1:19-20) “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work” (1 Jn. 3:8). “????????,??????????” (???? 3:8) Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: God could have destroyed the world, but instead, he graciously chose to save it and restore it to the perfect condition it existed in prior to the Fall. The cross stands at the center of God’s redemptive plan for creation. Q: Why did Jesus die on the cross? Q: Remember Colossians 1:15:20. What does “all things” include? Because the impact of the Fall was comprehensive, God’s redemption had to be just as big. It had to impact everything broken through the Fall. All of the relationships. Through the cross, our sins can be forgiven, we can enjoy a restored relationship with God. As this relationship is restored, it impacts all of our other relationships… with other people, with creation and with ourselves. Through the cross, “all things” are reconciled to God through Christ. The entire creation! Not just human souls. Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: God could have destroyed the world, but instead, he graciously chose to save it and restore it to the perfect condition it existed in prior to the Fall. The cross stands at the center of God’s redemptive plan for creation. Q: Why did Jesus die on the cross? Q: Remember Colossians 1:15:20. What does “all things” include? Because the impact of the Fall was comprehensive, God’s redemption had to be just as big. It had to impact everything broken through the Fall. All of the relationships. Through the cross, our sins can be forgiven, we can enjoy a restored relationship with God. As this relationship is restored, it impacts all of our other relationships… with other people, with creation and with ourselves. Through the cross, “all things” are reconciled to God through Christ. The entire creation! Not just human souls.

14. 14 The Grand Vision ????? The coming of God’s Kingdom to earth represents a total, global transformation in which everything is impacted. It is a vision of the entire universe purified of evil and full of the glory of God. ?????????????????,??????,???????????????????????????????????? --????· ?? (Leonardo Boff) Methodologies: Quote Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: The accomplishment of this vision is a process. It will not be fully realized until the end of the age when Jesus returns (Rev. 21:1-5). Yet in the meantime, we are to: Steward this vision. Pray that it becomes a reality (Mt. 6:9-10) Seek it diligently (Mt. 6:33) Share the Good News of the Kingdom boldly. Methodologies: Quote Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: The accomplishment of this vision is a process. It will not be fully realized until the end of the age when Jesus returns (Rev. 21:1-5). Yet in the meantime, we are to: Steward this vision. Pray that it becomes a reality (Mt. 6:9-10) Seek it diligently (Mt. 6:33) Share the Good News of the Kingdom boldly.

15. 15 God’s Kingdom is advancing! ???????! Jesus said: “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing…” (Mt. 11:12). ???:“???????????,???????… ” (? 11:12) “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants… “?????????,??????????????????,?????,????????… The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough.” (Mt. 13:31-33). ??????,?????,??????,??????????” (?13:31-33) Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Part 2 - The Kingdom is ADVANCING! Jesus spoke of the Kingdom of God as something that was “coming” (Mt. 6:9-10) or “advancing” (Mt. 11:12). To illustrate this, He told the parables of the mustard seed and of yeast. “The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree… “The Kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough.” (Mt. 13:31-33). In this part of our lesson, we want to understand how God’s Kingdom advances and the part God has given us in this process.Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Part 2 - The Kingdom is ADVANCING! Jesus spoke of the Kingdom of God as something that was “coming” (Mt. 6:9-10) or “advancing” (Mt. 11:12). To illustrate this, He told the parables of the mustard seed and of yeast. “The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree… “The Kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough.” (Mt. 13:31-33). In this part of our lesson, we want to understand how God’s Kingdom advances and the part God has given us in this process.

16. 16 Advancing from the Inside-Out! ??????! Methodologies: Diagram Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: When sinful men want to change the world, the process they follow starts on the outside, with political structures and systems. They believe that if they overthrow corrupt political systems, then real change will come. But the new system that replaces the old one usually becomes just as corrupt over time. The Kingdom of God advances from the inside out! There is no hope for external, social change until there is internal change. This is because all people are sinful and inclined towards selfishness. But the ultimate vision of the Kingdom of God is more than changed hearts. The ultimate goal is a transformed world. Yet the process moves from the inside-out. Quote – “There can be no economic progress in a country where there is no social peace. True social peace is grounded on justice. Justice in turn is a function of righteousness. And righteousness is possible only when the moral absolutes of God are affirmed and people are Spirit-empowered to act rightly.” -- Rev. Dr. Agustin Vencer, Jr. Former International Director, World Evangelical Alliance Methodologies: Diagram Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: When sinful men want to change the world, the process they follow starts on the outside, with political structures and systems. They believe that if they overthrow corrupt political systems, then real change will come. But the new system that replaces the old one usually becomes just as corrupt over time. The Kingdom of God advances from the inside out! There is no hope for external, social change until there is internal change. This is because all people are sinful and inclined towards selfishness. But the ultimate vision of the Kingdom of God is more than changed hearts. The ultimate goal is a transformed world. Yet the process moves from the inside-out. Quote – “There can be no economic progress in a country where there is no social peace. True social peace is grounded on justice. Justice in turn is a function of righteousness. And righteousness is possible only when the moral absolutes of God are affirmed and people are Spirit-empowered to act rightly.” -- Rev. Dr. Agustin Vencer, Jr. Former International Director, World Evangelical Alliance

17. 17 Weapons of Kingdom Conquest ??????? For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world… (2 Cor. 10:3-4) ???????????,????????????????,???????… (?? 10:3-4) “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the LORD Almighty. (Zech. 4:6) “??????,??????,????????????” ???????? (???? 4:6) Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: It is always a great tragedy when so-called Christians attempt to advance the Kingdom using physical violence. Christ disarmed the Church in Gethsemene. “Stand firm then, with… the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the gospel of peace. take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions (Eph. 6:10-18) Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: It is always a great tragedy when so-called Christians attempt to advance the Kingdom using physical violence. Christ disarmed the Church in Gethsemene. “Stand firm then, with… the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the gospel of peace. take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions (Eph. 6:10-18)

18. 18 The Most Critical Battle ?????? I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. (Jn. 3:3) ?????????,?????,???????? (?3:3) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Cor. 5:17) ??????,???????;????,???????? (?? 5:17) Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: The most critical battle in the advancement of the Kingdom is the internal battle for human hearts. Until Jesus invades the heart and destroys the sin nature, the inner inclination to do wrong, then no further advancement is possible. Any attempt to advance the kingdom without dealing with sinful human hearts is sure to fail. Quote: “Our primary means of transforming the world is through proclaiming the Gospel message of Jesus in word and deed… We must today never question the effectiveness of the Gospel message as the cutting edge of positive social change.” -- Grover Gunn. Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: The most critical battle in the advancement of the Kingdom is the internal battle for human hearts. Until Jesus invades the heart and destroys the sin nature, the inner inclination to do wrong, then no further advancement is possible. Any attempt to advance the kingdom without dealing with sinful human hearts is sure to fail. Quote: “Our primary means of transforming the world is through proclaiming the Gospel message of Jesus in word and deed… We must today never question the effectiveness of the Gospel message as the cutting edge of positive social change.” -- Grover Gunn.

19. 19 The Battle for the Mind ????? Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Rom. 12:2) ????????,??????????(?12:2) We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Cor. 10:5) [??]??????,???????????????,?????,??????????,???????. (?? 10:5) Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Once people are regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit, they are to enroll in God’s “Bible School.” They must repent, which literally means to have their mindsets transformed from the “hollow and deceptive philosophies of this world (Cor. 2:8). We must seek to understand and apply God’s perfect intentions as revealed in His Word in all areas of life. This is why the Biblical worldview is the foundation for building a renewed mind and redeemed communityMethodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Once people are regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit, they are to enroll in God’s “Bible School.” They must repent, which literally means to have their mindsets transformed from the “hollow and deceptive philosophies of this world (Cor. 2:8). We must seek to understand and apply God’s perfect intentions as revealed in His Word in all areas of life. This is why the Biblical worldview is the foundation for building a renewed mind and redeemed community

20. 20 Beginning with Your Family ??????? But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve… But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD. (Josh. 24:15) ????????????,????????????… ??????,?????????? (????24:15) Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: The family is the most basic social unit of any society. Therefore it should be the first social unit to be impacted by God’s Kingdom. The family should function as the microcosmic Kingdom, with the roles of husband, wife, parent and grandparent brought into line with God’s revealed intentions. Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: The family is the most basic social unit of any society. Therefore it should be the first social unit to be impacted by God’s Kingdom. The family should function as the microcosmic Kingdom, with the roles of husband, wife, parent and grandparent brought into line with God’s revealed intentions.

21. 21 Moving Outward Through the Church ???????? But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Pet. 2:9) ???????????,???????,??????,??????,?????????????,??????????(???? 2:9) Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: The church is God’s chosen community, selected to advance His Kingdom on earth. The task of the Church is to make the invisible Kingdom visible through faithful Christian living and witness-bearing. The Church must not only share the Gospel, it must make the message credible by manifesting the reality of Kingdom life. The Church is the embassy of the Kingdom of God here on earth, and each Christian is an ambassador of the King (2 Cor. 5:20). The Church is responsible to proclaim the Gospel, train up new believers and equip the saints for acts of service. Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: The church is God’s chosen community, selected to advance His Kingdom on earth. The task of the Church is to make the invisible Kingdom visible through faithful Christian living and witness-bearing. The Church must not only share the Gospel, it must make the message credible by manifesting the reality of Kingdom life. The Church is the embassy of the Kingdom of God here on earth, and each Christian is an ambassador of the King (2 Cor. 5:20). The Church is responsible to proclaim the Gospel, train up new believers and equip the saints for acts of service.

22. 22 Transforming the World! ????! For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14) ???????????????, ??????????(????2:14) Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: We are to take the good news of the Kingdom to all nations and all spheres of society. The Gospel is to penetrate horizontally (around the world) and vertically (into culture). Our specific engagement in the world will be determined to a large degree by our calling and vocation. Every Christian must examine what gifts and opportunities God has given him, develop them and exercise them in the world for the advancement of the kingdom and the glory of God. Every valid vocational area offers unique opportunities: Christians engaged in agriculture and demonstrate dominion and stewardship over creation. Christians engaged in health care can respect the sanctity of human life and work to heal diseases. Christian businessmen can work with honesty and integrity. Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: We are to take the good news of the Kingdom to all nations and all spheres of society. The Gospel is to penetrate horizontally (around the world) and vertically (into culture). Our specific engagement in the world will be determined to a large degree by our calling and vocation. Every Christian must examine what gifts and opportunities God has given him, develop them and exercise them in the world for the advancement of the kingdom and the glory of God. Every valid vocational area offers unique opportunities: Christians engaged in agriculture and demonstrate dominion and stewardship over creation. Christians engaged in health care can respect the sanctity of human life and work to heal diseases. Christian businessmen can work with honesty and integrity.

23. 23 How Then Should We Pray? ???????? This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’ (Mt. 6:9-10) ??,????????: “???????, ?????????, ??????, ????? ????,?????? ?” (?6:9-10) Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Q: How did Jesus teach us to pray? What is the first thing we are to pray? Q: Where is God’s will currently done? Q: Where is God’s will to be done also? Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Q: How did Jesus teach us to pray? What is the first thing we are to pray? Q: Where is God’s will currently done? Q: Where is God’s will to be done also?

24. 24 The Nature of the Kingdom ????? It is revealed in Christ the King. ????????????? Colossians 1:19 ???? 1:19 Methodologies: Bible Exploration, Question Asking Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Part 3 - The Nature of the Kingdom How is this Kingdom revealed? Read Col. 1:19 If God were in the flesh, what would He look like? Jesus Jesus is God with skin on What does the Kingdom of God look like? Watch the King – Jesus. He reveals His Kingdom. How did He treat his disciples How did He treat the poor? How did He treat the children? How did He treat the sinners? How did He treat women? Jesus, as the King reveals His Kingdom!! Do we need to list the Scripture references for each? Shall we make one slide for each item listed? Why did Jesus die on the cross?Methodologies: Bible Exploration, Question Asking Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Part 3 - The Nature of the Kingdom How is this Kingdom revealed? Read Col. 1:19 If God were in the flesh, what would He look like? Jesus Jesus is God with skin on What does the Kingdom of God look like? Watch the King – Jesus. He reveals His Kingdom. How did He treat his disciples How did He treat the poor? How did He treat the children? How did He treat the sinners? How did He treat women? Jesus, as the King reveals His Kingdom!! Do we need to list the Scripture references for each? Shall we make one slide for each item listed? Why did Jesus die on the cross?

25. 25 The Nature of the Kingdom ????? It is comprehensive. ?????? Colossians 1:20 ???? 1:20 Romans 8:18-23 ??? 8:18-23 Methodologies: Bible Exploration, Question Asking Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Why did Jesus die on the cross? Read Colossians 1:20 Why did Jesus die on the cross – for all things to be reconciled to Himself. This includes your life and your soul But it is not all – He came to reconcile all things Read Romans 8:18-23 What is waiting for redemption? All creation All creation is waiting for the children of God. It has been subject to __________. It is groaning. Creation has been affected by the Fall Jesus died on the cross to reconcile all things!! Creation is waiting for the Children of God. Who are the children of God? We are. What is the creation waiting for? Does God love creation? Do we love it? Really? We throw trash out, we pollute rivers and lakes. Creation is groaning and waiting for the children to be acting like the children of God – caring about God’s creation Illustration** - A hero church in Nairobi, Kenya – they understand this, they have started a tree nursery. Kenya used to be 30% forested and is now only 2% forested. The people have been stripping the forests, but the church is starting to replant the forests of Kenya. The song writers and singers are writing and singing songs about the need to reforest the nation and care about the creation. The Creation is waiting for the sons of God.Methodologies: Bible Exploration, Question Asking Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Why did Jesus die on the cross? Read Colossians 1:20 Why did Jesus die on the cross – for all things to be reconciled to Himself. This includes your life and your soul But it is not all – He came to reconcile all things Read Romans 8:18-23 What is waiting for redemption? All creation All creation is waiting for the children of God. It has been subject to __________. It is groaning. Creation has been affected by the Fall Jesus died on the cross to reconcile all things!! Creation is waiting for the Children of God. Who are the children of God? We are. What is the creation waiting for? Does God love creation? Do we love it? Really? We throw trash out, we pollute rivers and lakes. Creation is groaning and waiting for the children to be acting like the children of God – caring about God’s creation Illustration** - A hero church in Nairobi, Kenya – they understand this, they have started a tree nursery. Kenya used to be 30% forested and is now only 2% forested. The people have been stripping the forests, but the church is starting to replant the forests of Kenya. The song writers and singers are writing and singing songs about the need to reforest the nation and care about the creation. The Creation is waiting for the sons of God.

26. 26 The Nature of the Kingdom ????? It sanctifies the common. ???????? 1 Corinthians 10:31 ????? 10:31 Zechariah 14:20-21 ????? 14:20-21 Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: God takes the small things and makes them holy. 1. Read I Corinthians 10:31 How many have eaten and drank something today? These are common things. We dedicate many things: Children New ministries New believers New churches or homes Our lives We are also to dedicate common things. 2. Zechariah 14:20-21 Here is a farmer and he has an old horse – a common horse that pulls his cart and his plow with a common bell around the neck of the horse. This bell is dedicated as holy to the Lord. The temple pots are dedicated – who uses these pots? The rest of the pots, the common pots, are also dedicated to the Lord as holy!! Who touches these pots? Women Are there men here who touch these pots?? These pots are dedicated as holy to the Lord. Illustrations**: Darrow’s trip to a gas station bathroom in the middle of nowhere. The bathroom that was beautiful. Including fresh cut flowers on the back of the toilet. After the Reformation – Christians began to put pictures on the walls of their homes and flower boxes on the outside of their homes. The knew that God’s Kingdom was beautiful!!Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: God takes the small things and makes them holy. 1. Read I Corinthians 10:31 How many have eaten and drank something today? These are common things. We dedicate many things: Children New ministries New believers New churches or homes Our lives We are also to dedicate common things. 2. Zechariah 14:20-21 Here is a farmer and he has an old horse – a common horse that pulls his cart and his plow with a common bell around the neck of the horse. This bell is dedicated as holy to the Lord. The temple pots are dedicated – who uses these pots? The rest of the pots, the common pots, are also dedicated to the Lord as holy!! Who touches these pots? Women Are there men here who touch these pots?? These pots are dedicated as holy to the Lord. Illustrations**: Darrow’s trip to a gas station bathroom in the middle of nowhere. The bathroom that was beautiful. Including fresh cut flowers on the back of the toilet. After the Reformation – Christians began to put pictures on the walls of their homes and flower boxes on the outside of their homes. The knew that God’s Kingdom was beautiful!!

27. 27 The Nature of the Kingdom ????? It is open to all. ???????? John 3:16 ???? 3:16 Galatians 3:28 ???? 3:28 Eph. 2:14-16 ???? 2:14-16 Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: God’s Kingdom is open to all!! Together, say John 3:16. Some religions have a hierarchy and only the highest of the hierarchy can relate to God. Some religions have a caste system and only the highest cast can worship God. Some religions are sexist and only men can worship God. Illustration** Bangladesh – schools with teenagers in first grade. Why? These are untouchables that have never been educated. They greeted me with perfect English – Hello. How did I greet them back? Touch them – they are untouchables. There are no untouchables in the Kingdom of God. He welcomes the outcasts, the forgotten, the untouchables of every society. Read Galatians 3:28 When Jesus came on earth over 80% of the population were slaves, and women were despised. Over 40% of the baby girls in Rome were killed simply because they were girls. Jewish men’s prayer – Thank you, Lord, that I am not a woman, a slave or a dog. Jesus was different than this world People were drawn to Him – Why? He treated women with dignity and children as treasures. Role Play of Philemon and Onesimus. Slave owner, Slave, Paul – recognizes Onesimus’ freedom and sends him back to Philemon as a brother and not a slave – have the two greet one another as brothers. Read Eph 2:14-16 Ephesians 2:14-16 Why did Jesus die on the cross? Hebrews 2:14-15 Why did Jesus die on the cross? Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: God’s Kingdom is open to all!! Together, say John 3:16. Some religions have a hierarchy and only the highest of the hierarchy can relate to God. Some religions have a caste system and only the highest cast can worship God. Some religions are sexist and only men can worship God. Illustration** Bangladesh – schools with teenagers in first grade. Why? These are untouchables that have never been educated. They greeted me with perfect English – Hello. How did I greet them back? Touch them – they are untouchables. There are no untouchables in the Kingdom of God. He welcomes the outcasts, the forgotten, the untouchables of every society. Read Galatians 3:28 When Jesus came on earth over 80% of the population were slaves, and women were despised. Over 40% of the baby girls in Rome were killed simply because they were girls. Jewish men’s prayer – Thank you, Lord, that I am not a woman, a slave or a dog. Jesus was different than this world People were drawn to Him – Why? He treated women with dignity and children as treasures. Role Play of Philemon and Onesimus. Slave owner, Slave, Paul – recognizes Onesimus’ freedom and sends him back to Philemon as a brother and not a slave – have the two greet one another as brothers. Read Eph 2:14-16 Ephesians 2:14-16 Why did Jesus die on the cross? Hebrews 2:14-15 Why did Jesus die on the cross?

28. 28 The Nature of the Kingdom ????? It is now and not yet. ?????,??????? Matthew 6:10 ???? 6:10 Luke 17:21 ???? 17:21 Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content:

29. 29 It Turns the World Upside-Down ????? (…or rather, right-side up! ?????!) “Paul and Silas have turned the rest of the world upside down, and now they are here disturbing our city… for they profess allegiance to another king, Jesus.” (Acts 17:6-7) “?????????,????????????????…????????????” (???? 17:6-7) Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: This scripture passage shows the response of the religious leaders of Thessalonica to Paul and Silas as a result of their teachings of Jesus. The Kingdom of God is more than a message, it is a complete, total way of life. Jesus taught us about this lifestyle, based on God’s value system. He modeled it through His life. When we understand His teachings and live them out, the results are revolutionary. Not just for our lives, but for our families, communities and nations! The value system of the Kingdom of God is exactly opposite of the value systems we find at work in this fallen world. The Fall turned the world upside down. Jesus came to turn it right-side up again! The early Church turned the Roman world upside down. Its impact was revolutionary. What about the Church today? If we fail to see the same impact, could it be because “we have lost it” (in the words of E. Stanley Jones?) Do the Right-Side-Up exercise. Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: This scripture passage shows the response of the religious leaders of Thessalonica to Paul and Silas as a result of their teachings of Jesus. The Kingdom of God is more than a message, it is a complete, total way of life. Jesus taught us about this lifestyle, based on God’s value system. He modeled it through His life. When we understand His teachings and live them out, the results are revolutionary. Not just for our lives, but for our families, communities and nations! The value system of the Kingdom of God is exactly opposite of the value systems we find at work in this fallen world. The Fall turned the world upside down. Jesus came to turn it right-side up again! The early Church turned the Roman world upside down. Its impact was revolutionary. What about the Church today? If we fail to see the same impact, could it be because “we have lost it” (in the words of E. Stanley Jones?) Do the Right-Side-Up exercise.

30. 30 Right-Side-Up Exercise ???? Methodologies: Group Activity Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Methodologies: Group Activity Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content:

31. 31 The Nature of the Kingdom ????? It is inside out. ???????. John 3:3, 7 ???? 3:3, 7 Matt. 13:31-33 ???? 13:31-33 Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Read John 3:3,7 and Matt. 13:31-33 Too often the world thinks that all problems are rooted external to human beings – in the environment or in the structures of society. The Bible tells us that the root of all problems is inside of human beings, in the heart and mind. This is why Jesus says that if we want to see the Kingdom of heaven we must be born again. He likens the Kingdom to a mustard seed. The seed is very small, but it grows into a large plant. Thus the Kingdom of God is born inside the heart and mind of a person and then extends outwards to their family, the Church, to the sector of society where they work and then to the nation and the world. Use the next slide to show a visual illustration of this. Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Read John 3:3,7 and Matt. 13:31-33 Too often the world thinks that all problems are rooted external to human beings – in the environment or in the structures of society. The Bible tells us that the root of all problems is inside of human beings, in the heart and mind. This is why Jesus says that if we want to see the Kingdom of heaven we must be born again. He likens the Kingdom to a mustard seed. The seed is very small, but it grows into a large plant. Thus the Kingdom of God is born inside the heart and mind of a person and then extends outwards to their family, the Church, to the sector of society where they work and then to the nation and the world. Use the next slide to show a visual illustration of this.

32. 32 Think “Inside Out” “????”?? Methodologies: Visual Illustration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Reinforce what was said in the previous slide.Methodologies: Visual Illustration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Reinforce what was said in the previous slide.

33. 33 The Nature of the Kingdom ????? It does not fear death. ??????? Hebrews 2:14-15 ???? 2:14-15 Colossians 2:15 ???? 2:15 John 10:17-18 ???? 10:17-18 I Corinthians 15:54-58 ????? 15:54-58 Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Read Hebrews 2:14-15 Ask the question: “Why did Jesus die on the cross?” 1) to destroy the devil A) He overcame the “fear of death” in the garden of Gethsemane. B) He overcame death itself at the resurrection. 2) to set us free from the fear of death! Jesus died on the cross, not to free us from suffering, but to free us for suffering. Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Read Hebrews 2:14-15 Ask the question: “Why did Jesus die on the cross?” 1) to destroy the devil A) He overcame the “fear of death” in the garden of Gethsemane. B) He overcame death itself at the resurrection. 2) to set us free from the fear of death! Jesus died on the cross, not to free us from suffering, but to free us for suffering.

34. 34 The Nature of the Kingdom ????? It is unshakable. ???????? Hebrews 11:10, 11:13-16 ???? 11:10,11:13-16 Hebrews 12:26-29 ???? 12:26-29 Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Read Hebrews 11:8-10 Abraham left the old things behind What was he looking for? The Kingdom of God, the city of God Read vs 13-16 They did not give up even though they died and did not see what was promised Do we hold on and trust and have faith? Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God. They were not imprisoned by their circumstances – they had a vision for the Kingdom Read Hebrews 12:26-29Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Read Hebrews 11:8-10 Abraham left the old things behind What was he looking for? The Kingdom of God, the city of God Read vs 13-16 They did not give up even though they died and did not see what was promised Do we hold on and trust and have faith? Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God. They were not imprisoned by their circumstances – they had a vision for the Kingdom Read Hebrews 12:26-29

35. 35 Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Read Hebrews 12:26-29Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Read Hebrews 12:26-29

36. 36 The Nature of the Kingdom ????? It is on the offense. ???????? Matthew 16:18 ???? 16:18 Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Read Matthew 16:18 Illustration** Darrow’s image of a defeated and waiting church begging God to return. One day God opened His eyes. The gates of Hell – gates are for protection of a city What city is under attack – Hell It is hell that is under attack!!! Jesus has won and took the keys from the gate of Hell and He has called us to go – take back, reclaim!!Methodologies: Bible Exploration Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Read Matthew 16:18 Illustration** Darrow’s image of a defeated and waiting church begging God to return. One day God opened His eyes. The gates of Hell – gates are for protection of a city What city is under attack – Hell It is hell that is under attack!!! Jesus has won and took the keys from the gate of Hell and He has called us to go – take back, reclaim!!

37. 37 Methodologies: Quote Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Read the quoteMethodologies: Quote Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Read the quote

38. 38 Application ?? What is one thing that you can do, as a citizen of the Kingdom of God, to demonstrate something of the truth, goodness and beauty to someone in need today? ???????,????????,???????????????????????? Or pick someone that you know well and make them a “secret friend.” Once a week for the next three months demonstrate the KOG to them without them knowing. ???????????,??/?“?????”?????????,??/????(??????)????,??/??????? Methodologies: Application Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Encourage participants to prayerfully consider one way to apply this lesson into their life. Methodologies: Application Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Encourage participants to prayerfully consider one way to apply this lesson into their life.

39. Kingdom of God ???? Trainer Name Ministry ????? ?? Opening SlideOpening Slide

40. 40 Kingdom of God Review ???? ?? Content ?? What was Christ’s passion? Why? ????????????? What is a simple definition of the Kingdom of God? ???????????? What was your most profound insight about the nature of the Kingdom of God? ????????????????? Personal Application ???? Kingdom of God Review Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Review the answers to these content questions for Kingdom of God lesson review before the next lesson is taught. Allow time to share testimonies from the personal applications of this lesson application. Kingdom of God Review Illustrations: Identified by ** in the contents notes. Content: Review the answers to these content questions for Kingdom of God lesson review before the next lesson is taught. Allow time to share testimonies from the personal applications of this lesson application.

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