Yesterday we discovered how Jesus proclaimed and demonstrated the kingdom of God in his ministry. Our vision is to see people gathering, then:
“going out to proclaim and demonstrate God’s Kingdom among all people, sectors of society and spheres of life.”
Can you envision all types of people gathering together on Sunday to worship King Jesus, then going out with a purpose: show and tell.
That is, proclaiming and demonstrating the kingdom.
The kingdom of God is not of this world, but that doesn't mean it isn't in this world.
As people turn away from their sins and find forgiveness in Jesus, they become part of this kingdom. That is how Paul puts it in Colossians 1:13-14
"He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son he loves. In him we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins."
Therefore, when we are added to this kingdom by the forgiveness and justification that are ours in Christ Jesus, we tell others of the King, risen from the dead. But we also show His kingdom. We live in such a way that his rule and reign is displayed through us for our neighbors, city and world to see. Show & tell. Proclaim and demonstrate.
But what do we do to demonstrate this kingdom? All throughout Jesus' teaching, he is showing us what the kingdom of God looks like. The kingdom of God has a "look" to it:
-love of enemies rather than revenge (Luke 6:27-36).
-acts of compassion for the marginalized (Mt. 4:23).
-serving, but serving in humility rather than drawing attention (Isaiah 42:1-4).
-restorative justice on behalf of the vulnerable (Luke 7:11-17).
In Jesus, the Kingdom of God has broken into this broken world. And that kingdom has a "look" to it. And that "look" comes to expression through the church.