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Adult Bible Study Guide

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The Book of Luke


Our Goal

Under the guidance of the

Holy Spirit, Luke surveyed


the historical materials,
interviewed the
eyewitnesses (1:2), and
then, with perfect
understanding of all things,
wrote an orderly account
that readers may know the

The Book of Luke


Contents
1 The Coming of Jesus
2 Baptism and the Temptations
3 Who Is Jesus Christ?
4 The Call to Discipleship
5 Christ as the Lord of the Sabbath
6 Women in the Ministry of Jesus
7 Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and Prayer
8 The Mission of Jesus
9 Jesus, the Master Teacher
10 Following Jesus in Everyday Life
11 The Kingdom of God
12 Jesus in Jerusalem
13 Crucified and Risen

The Book of Luke


Lesson 11, June 15

The Kingdom of

God

The Kingdom of God


Key Text

Luke 13:29 NKJV

They will come from the


east and the west, from the
north and the south, and sit
down in the kingdom of
God.

The Kingdom of God


Quick Look

1. Characteristics of Gods
Kingdom (Luke 18:29, 30)
2. The Second Coming and
Gods Kingdom (Luke
21:34-36)
3. Witnesses for Gods
Kingdom (Acts 1:8)

The Kingdom of God


Initial Words

The kingdom of God is an

expression of what God had


done in history for the human
race as He deals with the
problem of sin and brings the
great controversy with Satan
to an
ultimate end.
It is unlike any kingdom the

The Kingdom of God


1. Characteristics of Gods Kingdom

Luke 18:29, 30 NKJV

Assuredly, I say to you,


there is no one who has left
house or parents or brothers
or wife or children, for the
sake of the kingdom of God,
who shall not receive many
times more in this present

1. Characteristics of Gods Kingdom


Luke 1:32, 33: Its Importance

First, the Messiah anticipated

in the Old Testament is none


other than Jesus, the Son of
the Highest;
second, Of his kingdom there
will be no end. Through His
incarnation, death, and
resurrection, Jesus vanquished
Satans challenge to Gods

1. Characteristics of Gods Kingdom


Citizenship

Entry into the kingdom of God


is not dependent on ones
status or position, or ones
riches or the lack thereof.
One must come to Jesus with
an
attitude of uncompromised
surrender, absolute
dependency, and child-like

1. Characteristics of Gods Kingdom


Citizenship

They must be willing to give up


everything, if need be; for
whatever they would not want
to give up would be something
that, in a sense, not only
competes with Jesus but, in
fact, wins.
Jesus, and His claim on our life,
on every aspect of our life,

1. Characteristics of Gods Kingdom


Citizenship

To have to leave parents,


spouse, even children for the
kingdom of God?
Jesus is not saying that these
actions are required of all
believers but that
if one were called to leave
these things for the sake of
the kingdom of God, the

The Kingdom of God


2. The Second Coming and Gods Kin

Luke 21:34-36 NKJV

But take heed..., lest your


hearts be weighed down with...
[the] cares of
this life, and that the Day come
on you unexpectedly. ... Watch
therefore, and pray always that
you may be counted worthy to
escape all these things...

2. The Second Coming and Gods Kin


Already, Not Yet

While the already aspect

has settled the finality of the


kingdomJesus victory in the
great controversythe not
yet aspect looks forward to
the physical end of evil: The
full establishment of the
kingdom of His glory will not
take place until the second

2. The Second Coming and Gods Kin


Already, Not Yet

Jesus spoke of two certainties:


(1) Gods activity through
Christ in history to save
humanity from sin and
(2) Gods closure of history by
restoring the saved to His
original planto live with Him
forever in the earth made new

2. The Second Coming and Gods Kin


Already, Not Yet

The first has arrived in the


mission and ministry of Christ.
In Him we are already in the
kingdom of grace
(Eph. 1:49).
The second part, the
gathering of the saved in the
kingdom of glory, is the future
hope that those in Christ

2. The Second Coming and Gods Kin


Already, Not Yet

Those who have experienced


the kingdom of grace must
wait, watch, and pray for the
kingdom of glory.
The believers are to be
occupied with ministry and
mission, with living and
hoping, with nurture and
witness.

The Kingdom of God


3. Witnesses for Gods Kingdom

Acts 1:8 NKJV

But you shall receive


power when the Holy Spirit
has come upon you; and you
shall be witnesses to Me in
Jerusalem, and in all Judea
and Samaria,

3. Witnesses for Gods Kingdom


Three Fundamental Truths

First, be sure that Jesus will

come again.
The mighty events of the
Cross and the Resurrection
had not changed anything in
the teaching of Jesus in regard
to the kingdom;
for 40 days the risen Jesus
continued to impress on the

3. Witnesses for Gods Kingdom


Three Fundamental Truths

Second, be waiting for Jesus to


come again in Gods own time.
God knows when the kingdom
of glory should come, and He
will bring it to pass in His own
time (Acts 1:7, Matt. 24:36),
just as when the fullness of
the time had come (Gal. 4:4)
He sent His Son to inaugurate

3. Witnesses for Gods Kingdom


Three Fundamental Truths

Third, be witnesses to the


gospel
of Jesus.
That is our responsibilitynot
in our own strength but by the
power of the Holy Spirit,
promised to be poured out on
all those who shall be
witnesses to what they have

The Kingdom of God


Final Words

We are now in Gods


workshop. ... [A]s we lay hold
upon the truth of
God...it...removes from us
every imperfection.... Thus we
are prepared to see the
King...in the kingdom of glory.
It is here that this work is to
be accomplished for us, here