F- The Doctrine of the Kingdom of God

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Study Explanation
Key Scripture
Discussion Guides
Growing Exercises
Recommended Reading

Explanation

The doctrine of the Holy Spirit reveals God’s plan for people both now and for eternity.  This was the primary message of Jesus and is the major theme of the Bible.  This doctrine addresses God’s end game for his creation.  It also addresses the means by which God works and moves in our world.  There is both and now and future aspect to the kingdom.  The kingdom is also something we choose to join and serve.  However, what exactly is the kingdom of God?  Can we define it?  How does it work?  How do we join?  How do we cooperate with God and help it grow?  What does it mean for us to be kingdom citizens?

KEY SCRIPTURES

Key Scriptures are designed to give a biblical overview of the topic in question.  They are extremely valuable for gaining an immediate general understanding of what the Bible teaches on a given subject.  Key Scriptures are the first place you should explore when starting a new subject.  They can be discussed individually, in part, or in whole.  Generic inductive Bible study questions are provided to assist you in your discussion.  Key Scriptures are also good for memorizing and reference.

The content of New Testament preaching

Matthew 3:1-2 – In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” NIV

Matthew 4:17 – From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” NIV

Matthew 9:35 – Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. NIV

Matthew 10:7 – As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’ NIV

Acts 8:12 – But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. NIV

See also Acts 19:8

The ultimate triumph of the Kingdom

Revelation 11:15 – The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever. NIV

Revelation 12:10 – Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. NIV

See also Luke 13:29-30 & Hebrews 1:8

Entering the Kingdom

Matthew 5:3 – Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. NIV

Matthew 5:10 – Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. NIV

2 Peter 1:10-11- Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. NIV

Matthew 21:31-32 – I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him. NIV

Ephesians 5:5 – For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person — such a man is an idolater — has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. NIV

The value of the Kingdom

Matthew 13:44 – “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. NIV

Matthew 13:45 -“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. NIV

See also Matthew 13:52

Inductive Bible Study Questions

to be used with individual Key Scriptures

  • What is the primary point of this passage?
  • How does this passage challenge us?
  • How does this passage comfort or encourage us?
  • What does this passage teach us about God?
  • What spiritual insights are found in this passage?
  • What are the personal & spiritual implications of this text?
  • What does this passage ask or require of us?

Key Scriptures Bible Study

to be used when studying all Key Scriptures together

  • Did any of the scriptures given surprise you? Explain
  • Did any of the scriptures given confuse you? Explain
  • Did any of the scriptures given comfort or excite you?
  • How would you sum up these scriptures to another?
  • What implications do these scriptures have for our lives?
  • Which of these scriptures would you find it valuable to memorize?

DISCUSSION GUIDES

The Nature of the Kingdom of God

F1 – Defining God’s Kingdom – Matthew 6:10

Key Words: Kingdom of God, Prayer, Victory, Power, Heaven, Sermon on the Mount

  1. If the theme of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) is living in the Kingdom of God, how is this verse key in understanding the kingdom?
  2. According to the verse, where does God’s kingdom always exist?
  3. Where can it possibly come?
  4. Under what conditions does God’s kingdom come?
  5. How then do we bring God’s kingdom to earth: to our world, our community, our family, or our lives?
  6. Do you agree with the following definition of God’s kingdom… ‘God’s Kingdom is where God is King and his will is done’… explain?
  7. Describe heaven. Why is heaven so wonderful?
  8. Why is heaven a perfect expression of the kingdom?
  9. What are the benefits of God’s kingdom on earth?
  10. What are the consequences of not seeking God and his kingdom?
  11. Why must we both pray for and seek God’s kingdom on earth?
  • Approach God’s Word with humility, honesty and teachability
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F2 – Seeking God’s Kingdom – Matthew 6:33

Key Words: Kingdom of God, Victory, Righteousness, Spirituality

  1. Read the entire Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). Would you consider this verse to be the key verse for the Sermon on the Mount… explain?
  2. What is the significance of these two themes: the kingdom and righteousness?
  3. If God’s kingdom is where God is King and his will is done, and righteousness means right relationships (think Great Commandment… Matthew 22: 37-40), what do these two themes have in common?
  4. What do you suppose “all these things” refers to? Do you believe this passage, like the Great Commandment, is a summary of authentic spirituality… explain?
  5. How well do Christians today understand this ethic as a basis for spirituality?
  6. How does this passage challenge your current understanding of spirituality?
  • Approach all scripture prayerfully open
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F3 – The Kingdom is Upon You – Matthew 12:28

Key Words: Kingdom of God, Kingdom of Darkness, Power, Hope, Light

  1. Which two kingdoms are represented in this passage?
  2. Contrast and compare the two kingdoms.
  3. If the Kingdom of God is where God is king and his will is done, then define the kingdom of darkness.
  4. What does this passage teach us about the interaction between the two kingdoms?
  5. Where do you see the kingdom of darkness operating in your life, family, community and world?
  6. How is that darkness defeated, dispelled or driven back?
  7. The Kingdom of God is sometimes referred to as the kingdom of light.
  8. How does light interact with darkness?
  9. What does this analogy teach us about the power of the Kingdom of God?
  10. What is Jesus trying to teach us in this passage?
  • These questions are only suggestions, allow the Holy Spirit to be your guide
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F4 – Sheep and Goats – Matthew 25: 31-46

Key Words: Kingdom of God, Kingdom of Darkness, Judgement, Hope, Good Deeds, Light

  1. How are the kingdoms of light and darkness present in this parable?
  2. Where do we see victims of the kingdom of darkness in this parable?
  3. What effect does light have on darkness?
  4. What impact are the citizens of the kingdom of light to have on the victims of the kingdom of darkness?
  5. What would you say about a person who claims to pursue the Kingdom of God (the kingdom of light, love, grace, peace, joy, truth, beauty, forgiveness and salvation) who helps or impacts no one for God’s Kingdom?
  6. What would you say to a person who expects to live in God’s Kingdom in the afterlife, yet does not pursue God’s Kingdom in this life?
  7. Who are sheep and who are goats?
  8. What truth is Jesus trying to drive home about the Kingdom of God?
  • These questions are simply a foundation for you to build upon
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F5 – The Kingdom is Near – Mark 1: 14-15

Key Words: Kingdom of God, Jesus-King, Faith, Pride, Repentance

  1. If the Kingdom of God is where God is king and his will is done (Matthew 6:10), then what did Jesus mean when he said the Kingdom of God is near?
  2. What is God’s will and thus why is the kingdom such good news to people?
  3. Can we truly experience the Kingdom of God and its fruit in our lives now… explain?
  4. What is the fruit of the kingdom?
  5. Why is repentance necessary to enter and enjoy God’s Kingdom?
  6. Why is belief or faith necessary to enter and enjoy God’s Kingdom?
  7. How does both pride and unbelief hinder God’s Kingdom in our lives?
  8. Why do you suppose this message ‘to repent and believe in order to receive the kingdom’ was the heart of the preaching of Jesus?
  • Create your own study by adding and subtracting questions as needed
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F6 – The Kingdom is Within You – Luke 17: 20-21

Key Words: Kingdom of God, Jesus – King, Messiah, Law

  1. What is the Kingdom of God (See Matthew 6:10)?
  2. What does God’s will or rule look like within us… or how is the very nature of God’s rule within us?
  3. What did Jesus mean when he referred to careful observation: keeping religious rules and laws, seeking the coming of the Messiah, God’s rule on earth, or something else?
  4. Why were all these things so important to the Jewish people?
  5. What was Jesus communicating when he said the Kingdom of God, or God’s rule, does not come with careful observation?
  6. Do you suppose he was trying to help them see that God’s Kingdom was not a political or even a religious kingdom, but a spiritual one?
  7. How is this idea consistent or inconsistent with the teaching and ministry of Jesus?
  8. What then does Jesus mean when he says that the kingdom or God’s rule is within you?
  • Your questions are probably better than mine
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F7 – The Kingdom is for Children – Luke 18: 15-17

Key Words: Kingdom of God, Humility, Dependence, Meekness, Pride

  1. Why would people not want to bother Jesus with children?
  2. What does it say about Jesus and his values that he received children the way he did?
  3. What can we learn from children about the Kingdom or rule of God in our lives?
  4. How do qualities such as humility, dependence, submission, meekness, unpretentiousness, wonder and openness enhance the kingdom in our lives?
  5. What is the opposite of possessing the childlike qualities of the kingdom?
  6. How do qualities like pride, self-importance, self-assurance, vanity and superiority hinder the kingdom in our lives?
  7. Why is it that those who refuse to come to God as children cannot receive or enjoy God’s Kingdom?
  • Interrogatives are keys that unlock wonderful secrets 
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F8 – Entering the Kingdom – John 3: 1–21

Key Words: Kingdom of God, Salvation, Dependence, Kingdom of Darkness, Light

  1. What light does verse 3 shed on the dynamics of the Kingdom of God?
  2. Why did Jesus use the word “see” rather than “enter” in this passage?
  3. What does the text teach it means to be born again?
  4. Contrast and compare physical verses spiritual birth?
  5. Why is it impossible to see the kingdom unless there is a love for, dependence upon, and commitment to Christ?
  6. How are the kingdoms of light and darkness contrasted in this passage?
  7. What does the light of verses 19-21 have to do with the seeing of verse 3?
  8. How does this passage teach that Christ and our relationship with him is the key to entering and enjoying the Kingdom of God?
  • Be like a detective who interrogates scripture 
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F9 – Keys to the Kingdom – Matthew 16: 17-20

Key Words: Kingdom of God, Victory, Following Jesus, Confessing Christ

  1. How do we know the rock Jesus refers to in this passage is Peter’s confession of Jesus rather than Peter himself?
  2. Refer to 1 Peter 2: 1-8 to view how Peter viewed this concept.
  3. If the Kingdom of God is where God is King and his will is done (Matthew 6:10), what is God’s will?
  4. Many respond by saying God’s will must flow from his character, then what is God’s character?
  5. What adjectives describe God and his character?
  6. Respond to the following statement: God’s Kingdom is where his rule, in the form of his love, grace, mercy, peace, joy, truth, beauty, forgiveness and salvation, find expression in his creation?
  7. If this statement is true, then in what ways have we, his people, been given the keys to the kingdom?
  8. Do you feel the teachings and life of Christ are the keys to unlock the kingdom in our world… explain?
  • The insight is found in scripture; questions are simply tools to mine the ore
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Living in the Kingdom of God

F10 – Living in the Kingdom of Light – Colossians 1: 9-14

Key Words: Kingdom of God, Kingdom of Darkness, Light, Prayer, Hope

  1. According to this passage, what was our former allegiance or habitation?
  2. As Christians what is our current allegiance or habitation?
  3. What implications should our spiritual allegiances have in our lives?
  4. List the benefits of the Kingdom of light given in verses 10-11.
  5. What insight do verses 13-14 give regarding entrance into the kingdom of light?
  6. Who brought us from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light?
  7. What is the “inheritance of the saints?” How are the benefits listed in verses 10-11 a preview of our inheritance in the future?
  8. What is Paul’s desire for those who are members of the kingdom of light?
  9. How does he pray for them?
  10. How does Paul’s prayer empower them to enjoy and build God’s Kingdom?
  11. How should we be praying for ourselves as well as other Christians?
  • Follow the lines of curiosity 
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F11 – Kingdom Greatness – Matthew 5: 19-20

Key Words: Kingdom of God, God’s Word, Victory, Righteousness, False Spirituality, Religion, Greatness

  1. What relationship does the kingdom citizen have with God’s word?
  2. Why does Jesus focus on practicing God’s word rather than simply knowing God’s word?
  3. How is the word “teach” used in this passage?
  4. Do you think Jesus had in mind formal teaching?
  5. Once again Jesus connects the kingdom with righteousness as in Matthew 6:33… what is righteousness, what does it have to do with God’s word, and what does it have to do with the kingdom?
  6. How can our righteousness exceed that of the Pharisees?
  7. If righteousness means right relationships with both God and others, where did the Pharisees fall short?
  8. Why did people think the Pharisees were so spiritual?
  9. What do we learn from this passage about kingdom success?
  • Group leaders may wish to consult a commentary for background information 
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F12 – Kingdom Works – Matthew 10: 7-8

Key Words: Kingdom of God, Works, Victory, Ministry

  1. What was the message of Christ (See Matthew 4:17)?
  2. How was the message of Jesus’s followers to be similar to his?
  3. What is the kingdom (See Matthew 6:10)?
  4. How was the Kingdom near in the life and ministry of Jesus?
  5. How did Jesus validate his message?
  6. How were the disciples to validate their message?
  7. What happens when the works of the kingdom follow the proclamation of the kingdom?
  8. How do we today do the works of the kingdom or express the kingdom in our lives, families, community and world?
  9. What would happen today if true deeds of the kingdom followed our words of the kingdom?
  • Seek to connect the dots with other scriptures and Bible content 
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F13 – The Good News of the Kingdom– Luke 4: 18-19

Key Words: Kingdom of God, Ministry, Service, Works, Hope, Church, Religion

  1. How does Jesus define his ministry?
  2. Who does Jesus indicate he came to help?
  3. Does it surprise you that Jesus was interested in such people… explain?
  4. According to this passage, what are the qualities of Christ’s ministry, and subsequently, his kingdom?
  5. Read Luke 7: 20-23.
  6. What signs does Jesus give to John that he expects will validate his identity and ministry as the Messiah?
  7. How is the message of Jesus different than the typical message of religion?
  8. How is the Kingdom of God unique among religious systems?
  9. As his body (See 1 Corinthians 12), should our ministry not also reflect his ministry?
  10. What then should the ministry of the body of Christ look like?
  11. How does this ministry build the Kingdom of God?
  • There are no greater tools for effective Bible study than humility, honesty, and diligence
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F14 – Peace and Joy in the Kingdom – Romans 14: 17

Key Words: Kingdom of God, Messiah, Law, Religion, False Spirituality, Righteousness

  1. Read verses 13-18. What is the context of Jesus’ reference to eating and drinking?
  2. How are such concerns related to the law and a religious approach to God?
  3. How would you define a religious approach to God?
  4. With what does Jesus contrast a religious approach to God?
  5. What do righteousness, peace and joy have to do with the rule of God in our lives and world?
  6. Would you say that righteousness, peace and joy summarize God’s will for humanity… explain?
  7. How do these qualities flow from the character of God?
  8. If God’s will flows from his character, what other qualities would you estimate to be his will for our world?
  9. What does this passage teach us about entering and enjoying the Kingdom of God?
  • You are responsible for your level of engagement
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Clashing with the Kingdom of Darkness

F15 – Missing the Kingdom – 1 Corinthians 6: 9-11

Key Words: Kingdom of God, Kingdom of Darkness, Fruits of Sin, Victory, Hope

  1. How are the kingdom of darkness and the kingdom of light represented in this passage?
  2. What are the qualities of the kingdom of darkness?
  3. If separation, brokenness, pain, misery and death are the qualities of the kingdom of darkness, how do the sins mentioned in the text enhance the kingdom of darkness in our lives, families, communities, and world?
  4. If the Kingdom of God is where God is king and his will is done (Matthew 6:10), how then do we enjoy the Kingdom of God?
  5. Why is it that people who seek the sins mentioned in the passage cannot enter or enjoy the Kingdom of God?
  6. Why and how do people often sow darkness in their lives expecting light in return?
  7. How does this text indicate we break the hold of darkness on our livers?
  8. How then do we embrace the kingdom of light?
  • Go beyond the obvious by avoiding “Yes” or “No” answers
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F16 – Obstacles on the Kingdom Road– Matthew 19: 23-24

Key Words: Kingdom of God, Kingdom of Darkness, Wealth, Priorities, Salvation

  1. If the Kingdom of God is where God is King and his will is done (Matthew 6:10), why then do the rich have a difficult time entering the Kingdom of God?
  2. How do riches often clash with the values of the kingdom?
  3. See also Matthew 6: 19-24. How does this passage describe a clash of kingdoms or even a clash of values?
  4. How and why does the battle for the kingdom take place in our hearts?
  5. What is Jesus really saying about what it takes to enter the kingdom?
  6. How would you respond to those who say that to enter the kingdom you simply need to pray the right prayer?
  7. How would you respond to those who say that to enter the kingdom you have to fall in love with Jesus?
  • Sit and think before answering
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F17 – A Kingdom for the Needy and Empty – Matthew 21: 23-32

Key Words: Kingdom of God, Salvation, Humility, Righteousness, Kingdom of Darkness

  1. Why do you suppose the religious leaders were concerned about Jesus?
  2. What were they really asking when they asked about authority?
  3. What is the point of the parable of the two sons?
  4. In the parable, who are the religious leaders and who are the prostitutes and tax collectors… explain?
  5. How can Jesus honestly say that prostitutes and tax collectors are entering and enjoying the Kingdom of God ahead of the religious leaders?
  6. What does this say about the requirements of the Kingdom of God?
  7. What does this say about the power of God’s Kingdom over the kingdom of darkness?
  8. Is the Kingdom of God about our righteousness or God’s righteousness… explain?
  • Thoughtful silence is the soil of epiphany
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F18 – Shifting from Darkness to Light– Ephesians 2: 1-7

Key Words: Kingdom of God, Kingdom of Darkness, Satan, Victory, Self, Spiritual Life

  1. Describe our spiritual condition prior to knowing Christ.
  2. Before you came to Christ would you have thought you were following the ruler of the kingdom of the air (alluding to Satan)?
  3. How does the text describe those without Christ and how they live?
  4. Why is living for self a foregone conclusion without Christ?
  5. How are those without Christ deceived regarding life and what it is about?
  6. Why were we objects of wrath: what did we do to warrant that?
  7. What does it mean to be dead in transgressions (See Romans 6:23)?
  8. How are the Kingdoms of light and darkness presented in this text?
  9. How does the text say we move from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light?
  10. What does the text say is the result of our shifting allegiances?
  •  Seek Nuance
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The Power and Victory of the Kingdom of God

F19 – The Kingdom Gone Viral – Matthew 13: 31-33

Key Words: Kingdom of God, Hope, Ministry, Mission, Power, The Gospel, Prophecy

  1. What do both of these passages teach about the Kingdom of God?
  2. How are these parables prophetic… what has happened in the last 2000 years?
  3. Why should this give us hope regarding scriptures that speak of a future kingdom?
  4. What do these passages teach regarding kingdom growth?
  5. Why would Jesus emphasize the smallest and most humble of seeds becoming the greatest plant in the garden?
  6. What are the properties of yeast?
  7. How is the gospel spread by contact?
  8. Do you agree that the kingdom has properly taken hold of someone’s life when it is contagious?
  9. What does a viral Christianity look like: personally and as a movement?
  • Be sure to explore all the resources for each doctrine, virtue, and practice
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F20 – The Unshakable Kingdom – Hebrews 12:28-29

Key Words: Kingdom of God, Power, Hope, Victory

  1. The text says that we are receiving a kingdom; what does the image of receiving a kingdom imply to you?
  2. What insight does this passage give regarding God’s intention for his creation?
  3. Who are the benefactors of God’s kingdom?
  4. How are we assured the kingdom is both a present and future reality?
  5. According to the text, how should we respond to these incredible promises?
  6. What is Jesus communicating when he says that God’s Kingdom cannot be shaken?
  7. Why should this passage give us confidence and hope?
  • Remember there are additional studies in the Key Scriptures section
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F21 – The Futility of Darkness – Revelation 16: 10-11

Key Words: Kingdom of God, Kingdom of Darkness, Pride, Salvation, Repentance

  1. What is the fate of the kingdom of darkness?
  2. Why is there no room in the Kingdom of God for the kingdom of darkness and those who pursue it (See the definition of the Kingdom of God given by Jesus in Matthew 6:10)?
  3. Why do people refuse to repent and glorify God?
  4. What was the message of Jesus (See Mark 1: 14-15)?
  5. Why are the kingdoms of light and darkness mutually exclusive?
  6. Define each.
  7. Why do people often choose darkness in their lives?
  8. Why do some shake their fists at God… what do they expect form God?
  9. Is it safe to say that people choose their own destinies… explain?
  • Remember there are other learning and scripture studies in the Growing Exercises section
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F22 – The Incredible Future Kingdom – Revelation 21

Key Words: Kingdom of God, Victory, Jesus-King, Heaven

  1. In the end, there will be one kingdom: the Kingdom of God; list the qualities of this kingdom from the text.
  2. Is this text consistent with the definition of God’s Kingdom as “where God is King and his will is done” (See Matthew 6:10)?
  3. What does this text reveal about God’s will?
  4. What does this text reveal about God’s character? What does this text reveal about God’s love for us?
  5. Some say that God’s eternal kingdom will be amazing not just for what is present, but for what is not present… what do you think of that sentiment?
  6. What things not present enhance the future kingdom?
  7. How do these represent the kingdom of darkness?
  8. What is it that drives all of the goodness of heaven?
  9. How is this the ultimate fulfillment for those who love God, and desire more of him and his will?

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GROWING EXERCISES

  1. Examine each of the following scriptures. Identify the qualities present from the kingdom of darkness in each scripture.  Then identify the qualities of the kingdom of light Jesus uses to drive back or repair the darkness.  What does the example of Jesus about how to challenge darkness in our lives, families, communities and world?

Matthew 8: 28-34

Luke 17: 11-19

John 9: 1-15

Matthew 14: 15-21

John 4: 1-38

Luke 19: 1-10

John 3: 1-21

  1. Identify 5 strongholds of the kingdom of darkness around you. This could be in the form of an addiction, broken relationship, exploitation, hatred, bitterness, ignorance, etc… Write all this down on a piece of paper. Next, identify the results and/or fruit of this darkness: separation, brokenness, shame, misery, hopelessness, etc…  Next, identify the opposite qualities in the Kingdom of God.  For example, the opposite of addiction is freedom.  The opposite of ignorance is enlightenment.  The opposite of bitterness is forgiveness.  Discuss these with your coach and strategize how you can bring the qualities of the kingdom to bear on the strongholds of darkness in your life.
  1. Develop a list of at least ten kingdom qualities you would like to experience in your life. If you can’t think of any, reflect on what heaven will be like: God’s presence, joy, peace, reconciliation, truth, etc… (Matthew 6:10). Pray daily for 30 days for these qualities to be a reality in your life.  At the end of this time discuss the changes in you and your world with your coach.
  1. Keep a kingdom journal for 30 days. Daily list at least three ways you encountered the Kingdom of God each day along with at least three ways you encountered the kingdom of darkness.  The purpose of this exercise is to help you to be more aware of the spiritual realities and opportunities around you.  Discuss your observations and learning with your coach when finished.

How hard was it at first to identify three encounters of each kingdom each day?

Did the exercise become easier over time?

What did you learn about the Kingdom of God?

What did you learn about the kingdom of darkness?

How has this exercise changed your perspective regarding practical spirituality?

  1. Research the Kingdom of God from four different sources. Contrast and compare these views.  How do they define the kingdom?  Which scriptures do they emphasize?  Are they weighted towards the present or future kingdom?  Do they affirm kingdom living today?  What does a kingdom citizen look like?  Which do you resonate with most?  Write your own definition of the Kingdom of God.

RECOMMENDED READING

  1. The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard
  2. The Jesus I Never Knew by Phillip Yancy
  3. Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
  4. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  5. The Kingdom of God by Martin Lloyd Jones
  6. The Gospel of the Kingdom by George Eldon Ladd
  7. The Kingdom of God (Theology in Community) by Christopher Morgan
  8. Heaven on Earth by R. Alan Streett
  9. Within; Or, the Kingdom of God Is Within You by Andrew Murray