The Kingdom is Near

When Jesus sent His disciples out two-by-two in Luke 10, to proclaim that the kingdom of God is near, He told them that they were to find these “Persons of Peace.” And once they found these Persons of Peace, He says to them that they are to stay with them, heal the sick, and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.”

So the question naturally arises, “How do we do that now?” How do we proclaim the kingdom of God is near to you? What exactly does that mean?

So, what Jesus was telling the disciples of Israel to do was to announce the coming of the King— the coming of Jesus. And so they would show that by healing the sick and staying at their houses and really announcing the coming of the Messiah.

But, we are on the other side of the Cross. When we want to tell people the kingdom of God has come near to you, we want to tell them about Jesus. The best way to do that is to take them directly to His Word because when we encounter Scripture, when we engage Scripture, we are really encountering God through His Word. And no one who encounters God remains unchanged.

Encounter God for Themselves

So as fast as we can, we want people to hear God themselves. At Charlotte Awake we would call that a “Bible Cluster,” where three or more people get together. They read the Bible and talk about it. They let God speak to them directly through his Word, and then they close in prayer.

Now we might use passages like the Prodigal Son (Luke 15), or Mary Martha (Luke 10), or Nicodemus (John 3) where “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son”— but it’s all designed to allow people to gather together to read the Word to encounter God. And Jesus has come. The kingdom of God is near. And so by using the Scriptures, Jesus and His Word, that’s how we are able to proclaim in our time— in our culture— that the kingdom of God is near.

A lot of times we wrap that in the love of God, and we wrap it in the demonstration of that love, or we might have to give apologetic reasons to give answers for why we believe. But ultimately, we want to get people directly to God through his Word. And that’s how we proclaim today that the kingdom of God is near.

 

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