Summary: Part one of a series detailing the differences between the Kingdom of God and the kingdoms of this world. How does it look when the Kingdom of God infiltrates a family, a society, and a local church.

Dakota Community Church

May 20, 2007

Kingdom of God - I

This morning I want to begin what I believe will be a four week series of messages about the differences between the “Kingdom of God” and its citizens and the “Kingdoms of this world” and their citizens.

John 18:36

Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest…

Jesus spent His entire ministry telling the disciples that He was setting up a kingdom that was completely different from the kingdoms of this world. They fought Him all the way on that because every Jew in first century Palestine was waiting for the Messiah to come and re-establish David’s Kingdom. They wanted an end to Roman occupation. They wanted a return to a God ordained dominant Jewish nation, they wanted a King who would fight for them and defeat all the “enemies” {people} that surrounded them.

Whenever Jesus talked about this new kind of Kingdom they objected.

Matthew 16:21-23

From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.

Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. "Never, Lord!" he said. "This shall never happen to you!"

Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."

John 13:3-8

Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, "Lord, are you going to wash my feet?"

Jesus replied, "You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand."

"No," said Peter, "you shall never wash my feet."

Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no part with me."

Jesus says to them that if they don’t get this they don’t get Him. This Kingdom of God is completely opposite to the Kingdoms of this world but we are so entrenched in the Kingdoms of this world that the Kingdom of God sounds ridiculous to us.

This morning I want to look at 3 ways the Kingdom of God is different from the Kingdoms of this world and then over the next few weeks I want to look at the Kingdom of God in a family, in a social setting, and in the church.

The Kingdom of God has:

1. Opposite Goals.

Control Outward Behavior vs. Transform Inner Character

The goal of the Kingdoms of this world is to control the citizens who live under its authority. Anywhere you have someone who is exercising authority over someone else you have a kingdom of this world.

Mark 10:42-43

Jesus called them together and said, "You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you.

The kingdoms of this world are all about having power over others.

There are many forms of government used to achieve this goal, in some the citizens have very little say about who will govern them, in others they have a lot of say. Communist regimes control their people in one way and democracies control their people in a different way, but they are all kingdoms of this world because they are about one group exercising authority over anther group.

What is the purpose in this exercising of authority? It is the same for every kingdom of this world; everything is designed to benefit the ruler. The higher up you go in the kingdoms of this world the more benefits you receive.

This is the opposite of what Jesus did. Not so with you.

Philippians 2:3-4

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

1 Corinthians 10:24 & 32-33

Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.

Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— even as I try to please everybody in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.

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Frank Mccomber

commented on Dec 9, 2007

Jesus seemed to say very clearly to give to those who ask and to give more than they ask of us. A hard thing to practice especially in todays world. Yet unfortunately, those calling themselves followers of Jesus and His teaching just don't seem to be. That is following His teaching. It is truth, it is more blessed to give than to receive. We can be treated poorly, even badly and taken for granted, used and abused. This is Jesus' example for us to follow, difficult but required if we are to be true followers of Jesus. As our Master said, 'If you love Me obey My commandments'. Good point Dan.

Frank Mccomber

commented on Dec 9, 2007

Dan concerning your point about Jesus' kingdom being not of this world, the more correct translation would be not FROM this world. Jesus' parable about the talents in Luke 19 He says He, the nobleman, went to a far country to receive a kingdom and return. So His Kingdom is not from this world, Jesus had to die in order to go to heaven and receive as a reward, His kingdom, then He will return with it and establish it on this earth. As well as this we will have an inergral part to play in this. As we have been promised, we will reign with Him as fellow kings and priest on this earth in His kingdom. What a hope we have to look forward to! Jesus, the global King will establishing His kingdom on earth commencing from Jerusalem - Zion - with His people Israel (Jews) then it will spread throughout the whole earth as foretold and promised. I can hardly wait! What a Gospel! The gospel of the kingdom of God and of His Christ - JESUS our Saviour and soon returning King.

Davon Huss

commented on Jan 7, 2013

Thanks so much for this series of sermons. They were a great help to me. If we follow these ideas then "Christ?s great kingdom shall come on earth, The kingdom of love and light"

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