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Series: Luis Palau | Building the Kingdom of God

This week on “Reaching your World with Luis Palau” we will be hearing about the Kingdom of God.  What is it?  How can we belong to it?  How can we have an active part in building it? 

Who is in God's Church? Friday, September 27, 2019

In the New Testament, we come across a number of short yet intriguing questions. One of these questions is: Who is in God’s Church? Thankfully, the New Testament also provides good answers.

First, the Church is referred to as Jesus Christ’s Body, and He is the Head of that Body.

Second, it teaches that the Church is made up of all true followers and disciples of Jesus Christ from A.D. 33 to 2018 and beyond. It’s amazing to realize that you and I belong to the same Church that Mary, Peter, James, John, Paul, Aquila and Priscilla, Lydia, and others belonged to nearly 2,000 years ago.

Third, the New Testament teaches that the Church is front and center of God’s plans for eternity. The exclamation point of heaven isn’t the pearly gates or streets of gold. Instead, the exclamation point of heaven is God living with men and women from every nation, culture, and people from all the ages of history.

I’m so very glad that eternity will be enjoyed by all authentic followers of Jesus Christ around the world and down through the ages. While there’s still time, let’s invite others to join us. Let’s reach our world with the Good News of Jesus.
 

This is Andrew Palau.

Humble Leadership Thursday, September 26, 2019

We can reveal the kingdom of heaven here on earth through how we lead and interact with others. So often the leaders of movements or big churches become bigger and bigger figures. They can become idolized by the people who believe in their cause. But they are not worthy of worship; they are humans and they will mess up and disappoint. Only God should be worshipped, which is why it is important that God be the true leader of any Gospel movement. We are used by Him for His purposes.

We need to approach our work for Christ with humility and understanding. We are not the focus. Christ is the focus. So, we need to lead using Jesus as our example. He washed the dirty, dusty feet of His disciples, which was not a common action for any leader of a group. The humblest among them would wash the feet. But Jesus took that task upon himself. Soon after that, He would die on a cross, humbling himself to die among criminals. This is the Man we follow. This means getting our hands dirty, getting to know the powerless and oppressed, and sacrificing for those who need to know Christ. We should be the very opposite of glitzy and impressive; we should be humble and honest.

This is NOT how most people lead today, and so we will stand out. In good ways – to God’s glory. And we will be able to point others to the life-changing hope we have in Christ.

This is Luis Palau.

Sustained Effort Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Being part of the movement to bring the kingdom of heaven to earth is not a one-time event. It requires a daily commitment and hard work. Anything that brings real and lasting change requires sustained effort over a long period of time. Think about a beautiful garden. You can’t show up, weed once, and say, “That’s it. I’ve done all I can. Now grow!” No! There will be more weeds next week, next month, and next year. For a thriving garden, you will need to weed over and over and over again. Doing so will create a safe and fertile environment for your garden to flourish. However, you might not see the benefits right away. Growth takes time and patience.

Any big change requires effort. Becoming healthier doesn’t just require exercising once, but over and over again. Breaking bad habits requires constant diligence. And learning something new requires a lot of practice. Any change requires commitment and effort.

The same is true for building the kingdom of God. When the disciples asked Jesus when He would restore the kingdom to Israel, He said it wasn’t for them to know the times or seasons that God has decided – but rather they should talke His Good News to the ends of the earth. That’s a long journey, but the message is: don’t give up; don’t get discouraged. And keep spreading the Good News across your world.

This is Luis Palau.

Visible Unity Tuesday, September 24, 2019

One way we can work to bring God’s kingdom here to earth is by joining with our Christian brothers and sisters in bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to our neighbors. I really know the importance of this. Festivals and evangelistic campaigns are big events. They require lots of people who give time and energy to advance Christ’s Good News Gospel. A citywide, united festival requires the whole Christian community to band together for the Gospel.

That doesn’t mean that we ignore the differences in the ways we worship or other secondary issues. Believers talk about these differences, and work to understand why our Christian brothers and sisters might think or practice a little differently. We should use those differences to demonstrate how to work together to share the Good News. So much of the world today is fractured and fighting; we can show what it means to work together for the salvation of our neighbors despite our differences.

Paul in Philippians urges the church to “complete [his] joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.” If anything, we as Christians should be able to agree on the importance and life-changing nature of knowing Jesus. So, let’s work together as fellow believers and reach our world with the love of Christ.   

This is Luis Palau.

Building the Kingdom Monday, September 23, 2019

If you were asked to list movements that have happened over the course of history, what would you say? Abolition, perhaps? The labor movement. Civil rights. Prohibition. The end of apartheid. These movements rose up to address particular social and political issues that needed change. Many people all over the world still feel the results of these movements daily.

But what about the Gospel movement? Nothing compares to the impact that the Gospel has had over thousands of years – and the way it continues to change and shape lives. Jesus called this Gospel movement “the kingdom of God.” In America, we are more familiar with movements than kingdoms, but back in biblical times, people knew a lot about kingdoms.

So, what is the kingdom of God? Well, John Ortberg puts it in context of Jesus’ prayer in Matthew 6: “Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, as it is in heaven.” The kingdom is all about God’s will being done here, among us, as it is done in heaven.

Building the kingdom here has two interrelated parts: one, we serve our neighbors. Two, we introduce them to the Good News of Jesus. Doing this work is a joy and a blessing, and it makes a big impact. Every part of the world will change as we work toward bringing God’s kingdom here to earth.

This is Luis Palau. 

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