Value for Advancing the Kingdom
Understanding the Kingdom in the way Jesus understood the Kingdom as dominion not domain.
The focus of Jesus’ ministry was the kingdom of God.
Matthew tells us that Jesus launches His public ministry with this opening statement (4:17):
From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Mark similarly records:
14 … Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
The word Kingdom is found 162 times in the New Testament.
Gospel of Matthew 53 times
Gospel of Mark 18 times
Gospel of Luke 45 times
Gospel of John, 4 times
I want to propose the starting place for gaining value for advancing the Kingdom is by first understanding what Jesus meant by the Kingdom.