Acts 1:1 – Jesus did things and taught things, we’re to follow His example, not just sit around being taught
– be both a doer and a teacher – I’ve been taught, now I need to go and do.
The Kingdom of God is visible but not physical
– visible through our lives – Paul’s transformed life
– gifts of the Spirit are visible manifestations of the Kingdom of God
The Kingdom of God is social and corporate
– people think the church is for them individually, instead of serving and contributing in the church
– my choices affect my family – the body of Christ
– the church is where iron sharpens iron
The Kingdom of God is universal and local
– “…and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
The Kingdom of God is mysterious
– Matt. 13:1
– Sowing is different from farming: farmers plant but the sower scatters seed
– what you have that the Spirit gives you will be taken away if you don’t use it
– the explanation of the parable of the sower really is seen in people’s lives today too.
– v. 24-30 – even in the church there is both wheat and weeds. The weeds look like wheat. But it’s not our job to seek and pluck them out.
The Kingdom of God is ever expanding
– Matt. 13:31-32 (parable of the mustard seed) & v. 33 (parable of the yeast)
– there’s always more of God that I need, I’m never full or stuffed
– the Kingdom of God is always expanding in our lives
– have we discovered the value of the Kingdom of God? v. 44, 45-46
– the treasure of God is very much worth me giving up everything to get it.