Masters Plan

Go Therefore and Make Disciples

INTRODUCTION

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INTRODUCTION

When day came, Jesus left and went to a secluded place; and the crowds were searching for Him, and came to him and tried to keep him from going away from them.  But he said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose.”  So He kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea. Luke 4:42-44

 

The Bible is God’s love story to you and the pinnacle of that story is Christ’s pronouncement of the Kingdom of God being available to each one of us.  As you read through the gospel accounts, (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) you will find that the message which Jesus is always teaching, which he instructs his disciples to teach and which Paul teaches, is about the Kingdom of God (also known as the Kingdom of Heaven).  God’s Kingdom is mentioned over one hundred times throughout the four gospels and more than twenty five times throughout the rest of the New Testament. 

The good news is that God’s Kingdom is available to each one of us.  It does not have to be a mystery known only to the priests, pastors and the super-religious.  It is not something to theorize about; it is something to be experienced.  We see God’s love for us lived out through His Son, Jesus, and now we can be changed from within by His presence inside us (the Holy Spirit) as we surrender our lives to Him.

As you go through this booklet with a friend or group, realize that the journey ahead and the purpose of this study is to experience the Kingdom of God.  God the Creator, whom we see revealed in his Son, Jesus Christ, invites you to turn from your old life and experience the Kingdom.  It is a life of abundance (John 10:10), of fruit (Galatians 5:22-23), and is eternal (John 5:24, Philippians 3:20-21).  It is a life where forgiveness is freely given (Ephesians 4:32), is basked with love (Romans 5:8, Ephesians 2:4-5), and results in joy (I Thessalonians 5:16-18).  It is a life where relationships are highly valued (John 13:35, Romans 12:10-16) and service is a way of life (Philippians 2:3-7).  It is where trials are not to be feared (James 1:2-4) and death is not the end of the story (I Corinthians 15:54-55).  The Kingdom of Heaven is meant to be sought, found and shared, to be touched and experienced, to surprise you and change you.  The Kingdom of Heaven is worth giving up everything else to experience.

This Come & See booklet is not about acquiring head knowledge or being religious.  It was put together with the hope that it would help you and a friend discover Jesus and experience the Kingdom of God, to have your heart filled and your life transformed.  The adventure starts today but does not end with this book.  You never stop pursuing or growing but will always be maturing.  The longer you live the more stories you should have of God showing up in your life and in the lives of those you are serving.  There is no mountaintop to reach but a journey to live.  You were not created to do this alone, so spend the rest of your life walking with others.  Learn the humility of letting friends guide you and the joy of investing in others. 

 

The Importance of the Kingdom of God

John the Baptist told the crowds, “Repent (turn) for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” –Matt. 3:2

Jesus, from the time he began to preach, said, “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand.”  -Matt. 3:17

When the people asked Jesus to stay, he replied, “I must preach the Kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose.”  -Luke 4:42-43

In every village Jesus went, he proclaimed the Kingdom of God.   -Luke 8:1

He directed his disciples to preach, “The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  -Matt. 10:7, Luke 9:2

After he was resurrected, he taught on the Kingdom of God.  -Acts 1:3

The early church taught about the Kingdom of God.  -Acts 8:12

 

According to Jesus, the Kingdom of God is like many things:

A farmer sowing seed,

A man hunting for treasure,

A woman kneading dough,

A fisherman casting a net,

A man forgiven a debt.

It’s like virgins waiting for a bridegroom,

And a landowner being generous.

The Kingdom is like a seed, a pearl, a fish, a banquet, a vineyard and yeast.

It’s random, hidden, surprising, disruptive and unexpected.

It begins so small that it could go unnoticed.

It’s something you receive, enter, cultivate, seek, lay hold of.

You wait for it, prepare for it and stay ready for it.

It’s something of great value and something you need to discover.

It blows up the status quo, reverses values and turns expectations on their head.

It’s a celebration, a party, a feast,

and you are invited to attend.

 

Jesus said there is only one thing that matters, only one thing worthy of our attention, and that is His Kingdom.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

The world has nothing to offer compared to Christ and His Kingdom.  The Kingdom of God awaits you.  Begin seeking it with all that you are today!

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