Extending the Kingdom of God in our lives, our community and our world for the glory of Jesus Christ
Unique to Jesus was his message that God’s Kingdom of goodness, mercy, grace, justice, humility, service, unity, compassion, obedience and love, was arriving through him...it was breaking into a world plagued by pain, confusion, injustice, disunity and despair and unable to free itself from this.
Jesus taught that God’s kingdom is the arrival of the new community, with him enthroned as king. To enter this community we would need to be born again - to surrender fully our old life and old allegiances. Nothing could come ahead of God.
This process of turning toward God in trust, and turning away from old ways of living, is called 'repentance'. Repentance is a life-long journey of turning toward God by trusting Jesus as the Way, the Truth and the Life. In common language this means that by trusting and applying the way and teachings of Jesus, we are placing our lives in God's hands - we are trusting him when we obey Jesus. God unites us to himself and his community (the church) through the gift of his own Spirit.
The Spirit guides us, teaches us, strengthens us in this new life principally by bringing us to an awareness of how much God loves us.
Inspired by this love, we willingly hear the call of Jesus to extend his kingdom into the world. Jesus wants his people to introduce him to others so they too can know God's life-changing love. We extend the kingdom by being a people of God acting together to bring the peace, love and joy of God into the lives we touch – into our homes, schools, work places, community groups, neighborhoods. With his Spirit we point to Jesus, and lead the nations to follow him.
We’re just ordinary people. King Jesus is the extraordinary one.