• Our hope-filled future is bound up in sharing the story of Jesus, in discipling others, in bringing those disciples together into communities of believers, and in developing and releasing those believers to create other communities... till Jesus the King comes again!

The Community Equals the Kingdom … NOT!

Some of us can confuse multiple terms used in the Scriptures, and actually talk about them as if they are interchangeable.  Such is the case with the terms ‘community of believers’ [the church] and ‘the kingdom’. 

The kingdom refers to “primarily the dynamic reign or kingly rule of God, and the sphere in which that rule is experienced.”  It is God’s Trinitarian work to bring our hearts in line with Him, under His mastership, individually and corporately. 

So, the church, the community of believers is not the same thing as the kingdom. 

Rather, the King of this kingdom enters us into community.  He draws us to acknowledge His rule or reign, and as a result brings us into community.  What is amazing is that He chooses, through that community, to see His rule or reign worked out in greater ways in our individual lives. 

In response, the community witnesses to this King and His rule in our lives; they become God’s instrument to demonstrate the values that our Master has worked, and is working, into our hearts.

Communities of believers.  It is all of God, initiated by God, lived in God’s presence, to draw us and others back to God.

So, let’s consider this situation again: A Singaporean teenager comes to Christ next week through a study which you facilitate.  How, and by what means, will you help her/him begin to grasp the concept that ‘church’ is first of all a community of believers defined by their relationship to God, that is initiated entirely by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and where the values of our King are worked out and lived out?

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