We believe that where Jesus is, His Kingdom goes with Him. For the believer, that places is in your heart. It is important that we know that we have access to The Kingdom now, not just one day when we die. This real time access and influence of The Kingdom in our lives helps us day by day walk in truth and power in the spirit. The Kingdom was central in Jesus’ ministry, we believe it should be ours as well. 

Jesus inaugurates the kingdom. “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15).

Jesus is the kingdom. “The kingdom of God is in the midst of you” (Luke 17:21). 

Jesus purposes the kingdom. Jesus described his mission saying that he “must preach the good news of the kingdom of God” (Luke 4:43).

Jesus declares the kingdom. Luke summarizes Jesus’ ministry as “proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God” (Luke 8:1).

Jesus demonstrates the kingdom. Through his works, “If it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you” (Luke 11:20). 

Jesus deploys the Kingdom. This deployment happens in Luke 10 as Jesus sends out the 72, instructing them to say, “The kingdom of God has come near to you” (Luke 10:9). In the great commission, king Jesus issues his discipleship battle plan to the church because he possesses “all authority in heaven and on earth” (Matt 28:18). 

Jesus transforms the kingdom. Israel’s messianic hopes focused on the coming of a military conqueror who would rescue them from their geo-political enemies. That is why they sought to make Jesus king (John 6:15). But Jesus reorients their vision by declaring, “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36). Jesus transforms the kingdom, showing it is holistic in its nature, redemptive in its mission, and cosmic in its scope.

Jesus purchases the kingdom. Through his victorious death and resurrection, Jesus redeems the kingdom. As he satisfies the wrath of God poured out for those who rebel against his rule, Jesus defeats Satan, sin, and death (Col 2:14-15). He overcomes the world, the flesh, and the Devil by destroying the power of the kingdom of darkness. By purchasing a kingdom people at the cross, Jesus proves himself to be the rightful ruler of the restored kingdom.

Jesus concludes with the kingdom. In his final words to his people, Jesus concludes his earthly ministry by clarifying the kingdom. Just before his ascension, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” “He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”” (Acts 1:6).

K i n g d o m


S o n s h i p

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We believe that because of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, that we are by faith, born again and that God the Father has adopted us.  Our new creation identity is that we are His sons (and daughters). Any time in scripture where God is said to be our Father, that correspondingly means that we are His sons.  

As His sons, we are ...

  • Fully loved - 1 John 3:1 (NIV) “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”

  • Fully made righteous and worthy, exclusively by the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ - 2 Corinthians 5:21 “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

  • Fully accepted - Ephesians 1:6 “to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.”

  • Fully freed from the law by the Son of God - Galatians 4:4-5 “But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.”

  • Fully qualified by faith to be His child - John 1:12-13 “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”  Notice, we must receive Him.

  • Fully adopted as His Spirit confirms - Romans 8:15-16 "you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father’.  The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God”

  • Fully inherited and joint-heirs with Christ - Romans 8:17 “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ...”

  • Fully able to approach the throne with confidence - Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

  • Free from fear - 1 John 4:17-18 “... we may have confidence in the day of judgement ... perfect love drives out fear...”

  • Eternally secure - Romans 8:31-39 "Nothing shall separate us from the love of God which is in Christ"

  • Saved by the Grace of God and through Faith in Him - Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.” 

Jesus was and is forever the Son of God.  

When Jesus came down to the Jordan river to be baptized by John, we see where God the Father powerfully affirmed Jesus as His Son. In Matthew 3:16 we see, "When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’"  

Picture that!  How wonderful that must have felt to Jesus to be supernaturally affirmed by the voice of His Father in heaven in front of all those people! And the presence of the Spirit of God on Him must have felt like a reassuring hug in His heart.  Jesus didn’t just know that he was God’s son with his mind.  He KNEW He was God’s son with an unshakable confidence in his heart. 

Jesus trusted His Father.

Jesus’ identity was fixed and secure.  But His identity would be tested immediately after the Jordan.  He was led by the Holy Spirit (who had just descended on Him like a dove) to be tempted by the devil.  The very first thing the devil said in Matthew 4:3 was, “If You are the Son of God command this stone to become bread.” 
In essence, the devil was questioning His identity.  “Prove You are the Son of God.  I know You’re hungry.  Make yourself some food.”  Of course, Jesus answered with “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’”  And BTW, the last word Jesus heard God say was that He was God’s Son.  Jesus knew He could trust His Father God for the Provision of food.  He didn’t have to prove anything.

For the second temptation, Jesus’ identity was taunted again.  Matthew 4:6  “If You are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’”.  It was as if to say, “if God claims you as His Son, He’ll catch You.  Just prove it.”  Of course, we know Jesus’ response in verse 7 was, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ”  Jesus knew He could trust His Father for His Protection.  He didn’t have to prove anything.

Finally, Satan promised to give Jesus all the kingdoms of the world if He would only worship him.  But Jesus shut him down saying, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”  Jesus was not worried about His Authority.  He knew he could trust Father God for His Promotion at the proper time and in the proper way.  BTW, At the end of His time in Matthew 28:18, He said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”  He didn’t have to prove anything.  

Sons and Orphans.

Jesus fully trusted in the Father to take care of His Provision, His Protection and His Promotion.  A son can rest in confidence that his father will properly care for him and be his source.  An orphan has no such confidence.  An orphan heart is full of constant anxiety.  "Who will provide for me?  Who will protect me?  Who will notice me and promote me?"  The answer is ... nobody.  An orphan's life is consumed with worrying, hoarding, striving and competing.  By contrast a son's heart is at peace.  He knows his father watches over him.

The heart of a son is well described in the whole of Matthew chapter 6 and it is well worth reading.  To begin, we are all familiar with the model prayer in verse 9 in which Jesus begins, "Our Father in heaven..."  From the very beginning, we come in prayer as sons addressing our Father.  In verse 11, we pray "Give us this day our daily bread."  We see that we can trust him to provide continually for us those things that we need.  In verse 13, we see "... deliver us from the evil one".  We ask our Father for protection against our enemy.   

Other sonship examples are seen in Matthew 6.  Wherever we read "... your Father", it's also talking about us as His Sons!  

When we give in secret, our Father sees and rewards us. vs. 1-4

When we pray in secret, our Father sees and rewards us.  He knows what we need (and will provide). vs. 5-8

When we fast in secret, our Father sees and rewards us. vs. 16-18

We should not concern ourselves with treasure on earth, but rather in heaven. vs. 19-24 

We should not worry about food or drink or clothes.  Our Father knows what we need.  Just seek His kingdom and all these things will be given as well. vs. 25-34 

So, relax!  We can fully trust that we've been forever made Sons of a Father God who loves us dearly and we can confidently trust Him to provide for us everything we need.

G r a c e

1. The word “gospel” means good news. Grace is good news. Grace is the gospel. It does not need to be softened, it needs to be shouted. It does not to be defended, it needs to be let loose. It does not need to be understood, it just needs to be believed and received. The Apostle Paul said, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. For in it God’s righteousness is revealed from faith to faith, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith.” (Romans 1:16, 17)

2. The gospel includes the truth that everyone, in their original state, is a sinner, separated from God and not able to get into a relationship with Him by their own merit or effort, no matter how they try. If we are measured against the Law of God, everyone fails. “…as it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, together they have become useless; there is no one who does good, there is not even one. (Romans 3:10-12)

3.  And then the grace of God appears: “But now, apart from the law, God’s righteousness has been revealed-attested by the Law and the Prophets -that is, God’s righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ, to all who believe, since there is no distinction. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. God presented Him as a propitiation (the turning away of wrath by an offering) through faith in His blood, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His restraint God passed over the sins previously committed. He presented Him to demonstrate His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be righteous and declare righteous the one who has faith in Jesus.” (Romans 3:21-26)

4. By this grace of God, we are changed forever. “Now to the one who works, pay is not considered as a gift, but as something owed. But to the one who does not work, but believes on Him who declares righteous the ungodly, his faith is credited for righteousness. Likewise, David also speaks of the blessing of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: How happy those whose lawless acts are forgiven and whose sins are covered! How happy the man whom the Lord will never charge with sin!” (Romans 4:4-8)

5. Grace is not just for salvation anymore. We did not just receive a measure of the love of God as a gift merely for admittance into His family and His Kingdom. Grace is now, has always been, and will always be, the provision of God for every Christian that gives each of us the power to know, enjoy, and live for the Father the way that he has intended for us to know Him, enjoy Him, and live for Him since the moment that Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden. “Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Also through Him, we have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:1-2)

6. Grace is the atmosphere of Heaven that causes us to breathe God’s breath of life and to live in His presence, both now and throughout eternity. It is what sets us free from guilt, shame, and condemnation and brings us into freedom whereby we experience real life, real love, and real relationship, with God and with each other, no matter what happens in our lives. “Since by the one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive the overflow of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:17)

7. A true understanding of the grace of God in our lives in no way causes us to want to sin. In fact, when we see the unconditional love of God that has been freely poured out to us because of Jesus, our new heart, given to us in the New Covenant, is more free to live more consistently in godliness, purity, love and holiness than was ever possible when we thought we had to be good enough to maintain the love of the Father in our lives. When we really see what is ours, sin loses its power, temptation loses its hook in us, and religion loses its empty promise to make us better. “What should we say then? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may multiply? Absolutely not! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Or are you unaware that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in a new way of life.” (Romans 6:1-4)

This is further clarified by the Apostle Paul as he explains how the good news of grace and our full acceptance in Jesus frees us from a life of sin: “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, so that you obey its desires. And do not offer any parts of it to sin as weapons for unrighteousness. But as those who are alive from the dead, offer yourselves to God, and all the parts of yourselves to God as weapons for righteousness. For sin will not rule over you, because you are not under law but under grace. What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Absolutely not!” (Romans 6:12-15)

Knowing that we are fully loved by God, no matter what, does not cause a Christian to want to sin! Just the opposite, it causes us to want to bear the good fruit of righteousness, the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) in grateful response to the Father’s unfailing love. Paul says that it is precisely because of grace that we can live out loud as “His creation-created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-10)

8. A Christian has absolutely no relationship with the Law. In other words, our performance—our obedience, our faithfulness to do good, our works—these are not the standard against which God measures us. It would be, if we were still under the Law, but Jesus has “measured up” for us, and His righteousness has been given to us as a free gift. “Therefore, my brothers, you also were put to death in relation to the law through the crucified body of the Messiah, so that you may belong to another-to Him who was raised from the dead-that we may bear fruit for God. For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions operated through the law in every part of us and bore fruit for death. But now we have been released from the law, since we have died to what held us, so that we may serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old letter of the law.” (Romans 7:4-6)

9. Christians are no longer under the threat of a downgraded status with the Father. Jesus’ sacrifice has fully satisfied the requirements of righteousness and has imparted, or freely given, His own righteousness to us by actually becoming our sin on the cross. “Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus, because the Spirit’s law of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. What the law could not do since it was limited by the flesh, God did. He condemned sin in the flesh by sending His own Son in flesh like ours under sin’s domain, and as a sin offering, in order that the law’s requirement would be accomplished in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1-4)

10. It is by grace that we have been adopted into the family of God and He has become our Father. It is by that same grace that we are kept as His children, secure in His family, safe in His faithful love, seated at His table, and heirs of His Kingdom. We are not just “sinners saved by grace,” we are now saints, priests and kings. A saint can sin, but that doesn’t make that saint a sinner. A sinner can do something saintly, but that doesn’t make the sinner a saint, because it never has been and never will be about our performance. It has been, though, and ever will be, about Jesus. “For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, and if children, also heirs-heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ-seeing that we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.” (Romans 8:15-17)

11. Grace is so good, it is even beyond our ability to mess it up. Some are concerned about the “hyper-grace message.” There is no reason to be concerned. All grace is hyper grace. In fact, grace itself is not just a message. It is not a doctrine to be assailed or defended or debated. Grace is a person. Grace is Jesus Himself. The Law makes Christians self-involved. One who thinks that they are still answerable to the Law—commandments, duties, and performance—will always find themselves looking at themselves to see how they are measuring up. The bad news is that this kind of life always brings death and discouragement. We can never, in our own goodness, live up to the standard of the Law.

And herein is the true gospel—the good news. Because of the Father’s gracious love, we no longer have to live in perpetual self-evaluation. Grace sets us free from looking at ourselves and worrying about our performance because grace shows us that it was never about us anyway. It—life, the world, the universe—has always been about Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God who came into the world not to make bad people good, but to make dead people live. We look to Him. We depend on Him. And we rest in Him. “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!” (Romans 8:38-39)

This is the grace in which we stand.