In this lesson, we will look at how the teaching ministry of Jesus Christ was centered on the kingdom of God – the arrival of God’s reign in fulfillment of His promise to His people. The kingdom puts on display the saving power of God as it is proclaimed to all kinds of people. In response to Jesus’ proclamation of the kingdom of God, we must repent of our own personal agendas, trust in Him as our King, and then represent Him faithfully in the world.
1) The kingdom has arrived with the coming of Jesus (Mark 1:14-15)
- What do you think of when you hear the phrase “the kingdom of God”? How does Jesus use this term? Why do you think Jesus speaks of the kingdom’s arrival as good news?
- In what ways does Jesus’ announcement call for us to trade our personal kingdom agendas for Christ’s kingdom agenda? Why is it important that repentance and faith are seen as more than a one-time event?
2) The kingdom is the demonstration of God’s saving power (Luke 4:16-21)
- In what ways should our lives demonstrate the saving power of God’s kingdom? How is Christ’s authority demonstrated in our witness as His people?
3) The kingdom is proclaimed to all kinds of people (Luke 8:4-8)
- How does the phrase “the Word about the kingdom” help you more fully understand the story line and the purpose of Scripture? Are you actively “sowing the seed” of the gospel?
- What are some practical ways for a Christian to look intently into the Word? What is the role of faith in our encounter with the Word?
4) The kingdom has authority because of the identity of the King (Matthew 7:28-29)
- How does the stark contrast between the builders (in Matt. 7:24-27) influence our witness toward friends and family members who have not built their lives on the foundation of Christ’s kingdom?
- What are some ways we as Christians fall short of living under Jesus’ authority and are merely impressed with His teaching?
From The Gospel Project: God’s Story, Part 2.