Sermon Discussion Questions and Notes
Sermon Title: The Kingdom
Text: Luke 12:31-32
Other Scripture References: Mark 1:14-15, Acts 1:3 & 6, 28:23-24 & 31, 14:21-22, Matthew 13.
- What do you think of when you think about God’s Kingdom? Share with one another your understanding of God’s Kingdom.
- Take a minute and read the definition of the Kingdom of God below. Share which one of the three points resonates with you the most (as in, “I really get this one”) and which resonates the least (as in, I’m not sure I get this one”).
- Three points are given below in answer to the question, "Why does the Kingdom of God matter for us?”. Talk through each as a group and conclude with a time of prayer.
1. The Kingdom of God: What is it? What does it mean?
- The Kingdom of God is the final state of affairs where God’s comprehensive reign, once rejected by humanity (Gen 3), is once again fully realized in righteousness, justice, peace, and restoration over all and in all.
- This comprehensive reign has already begun “in secret” through Jesus’ ministry and finished work and now continues in and through the church, the kingdom community, His “little flock” (Lk 12:32).
- 'The kingdom' has implications for everything from the individual Christian heart to the entire cosmos - including the church.
And so, the Kingdom of God:
- Is both a future/not yet reality and a past-present/already reality.
- Is both the act/action of God reigning and the realm/people over whom God is reigning.
- Has implications for everything. Hearts, families, relationships (inside), relationships (outside), priorities/issues, work.
2. Why does the Kingdom of God matter for us?
- It’s our future. It’s what we’re “saved” unto.
- It’s to define our present. Our hearts, our relationships with one another, and our relationships in and how we relate to the world.
- We’re subjects of the King and citizens of the Kingdom. So our lives are to line up with God’s reign.