The Kingdom of God
This week's message is The Kingdom of God. Choose your connection speed to listen: dialup - broadband - transcript
Thy Kingdom Come
When Jesus' disciples asked him how to pray, the words "thy kingdom come" are very near the top of his response. What is the Kingdom of God? Where is the Kingdom of God? And how do we enter this Kingdom, or how does it enter us?
Jesus said the Kingdom of God is within us. Then he goes on to talk about it extensively, including a number of parables about it. Today we take a look at some Scriptures concerning the Kingdom, including several of Jesus' parables.
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The Kingdom's Call
Jesus said the Kingdom of God is like a merchant. And what does that merchant do? He searches for precious pearls. When he finds one of great price, he gives all he has in exchange for it.
This is what God did for you. He saw you as something of immense worth, a pearl of great price, and gave his only begotten Son to die in your place, so that he could purchase you from the clutches of the enemy and offer you everlasting life.
And he did not do this for only you. He did this for all the people he was talking about when he said, "Go everywhere and preach the Good News to everyone." There are almost ten million registered users of the virtual world in which we minister, and many of those will never hear the Gospel in a church, or on a street corner, or from a television evengelist. This is why we answer God's call for us to minister in a 3-D virtual reality world on the Internet.
Currently there are more than 9,110,340 people in the virtual community we have been called to reach, and that number grows by 150,000 to 300,000 per week. Help us reach as many of those as possible with the love and life-changing Good News of reconciliation with God through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
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