We’ve been studying the Kingdom of God for two months worth of Sundays now. I thought it would be appropriate to offer a little review. Just so that it might be fun – and because I am such a fun-loving guy – I thought I’d couch the review in a little matching game. See if you can recall these lessons we’ve learned of the Kingdom of God and match them with the text that we considered that brought them to light.
1) Gen. 1:26-31
& Ex. 19:1-6
2) Deut. 17:14-20
3) Psalm 2
4) Psalm 22
5) 2 Kings 22
6) The Parable of the Sower – Matt. 13:1-23
7) The Parable of the Banquet – Luke 14:15-24
8) The Parable of the Wheat & Weeds – Matt. 13:24-30, 36-47
9) The Parable of the Mustard Seed – Matt. 13:31-32
10) The Parable of the Yeast – Matt. 13:33-35
a) Being part of God’s Kingdom doesn’t mean that you will always be spared suffering, in fact, you should expect it.
b) The relationship God has with the King (in our case, Jesus) has direct bearing on how He deals with us.
c) It starts small and insignificant, and grows to great ends.
d) God’s plan for a Theocratic reign over His people, individually and collectively, was evident from the very beginning.
e) The Gospel of the Kingdom permeates a soul, a life, society and the world.
f) The Kingdom of God will face rebellion from other kings and kingdoms.
g) One of the stumbling blocks of defining Kingdom is our tendency to look horizontally for our definitions.
h) God’s Kingdom message is spread liberally, but people respond in different ways.
i) For a time, God’s Kingdom will exist with the kingdoms of this world – and that is by His design.
j) Many of the people called to be a part of the Kingdom of God will surprise ‘religious people’.
So, how do you think you did?
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