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Seeking the Family of God

  1. Am I In Christ?
    7 Digging Deeper
  2. What is the Kingdom of God?
    3 Digging Deeper
  3. What is the Church?
    5 Digging Deeper
  4. Why Are There So Many Different Christian Religions?
    6 Digging Deeper
  5. How Can I Know the Will of God?
    4 Digging Deeper
  6. How Do I Pray?
    5 Digging Deeper
  7. What is Worship?
    6 Digging Deeper
  8. What is the Significance of the Lord’s Supper?
    5 Digging Deeper
  9. How Do I Become Like Christ?
    6 Digging Deeper
  10. What if there is no New Testament Church Near Me?
    5 Digging Deeper

The word “kingdom” refers to the rule and sovereignty of God over all things because “from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever” (Romans 11:36). In our time, the Christian era, Jesus is the king in God’s kingdom. Jesus refers to his kingdom as His church (Matthew 16:16-19). The people who have accepted Jesus as Lord of their lives are members of this kingdom because they have been “born again of water and Spirit” (John 3:3-5) and added to Christ’s church (Acts 2:47). They were “translated out of darkness into the kingdom of God’s dear Son” (Colossians 1:9). Their purpose is to worship and serve Jesus in everything. They do this by loving God and loving others (Matthew 22:37-40). They use their talents and resources to serve others in the name of Jesus (Matthew 25:14-30). They minister in the name of Jesus to the poor, the hungry, the naked, the thirsty and the imprisoned (25:31-45). They focus their lives on “laying up treasures in heaven” by loving and serving others and sharing the good news of Jesus with them (6:19-21). They are “grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken” and “offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe” (Hebrews 12:28). Jesus is praised because he “loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever” (Revelation 1:5-6).

Believers anticipate the coming of God’s eternal kingdom in the heavenly world (2 Timothy 4:18). They “press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14). They “wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come” (1 Thessalonians 1:10). At that time, Jesus will say to each faithful believer, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21). He will invite them, saying, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (25:34). They will “enter into eternal life” and “be with the Lord forever” (25:46; 1 Thessalonians 4:17).