Consult the resources found below for a broad range of background information.
The Bible Gateway
Bible Gateway is a searchable online Bible tool hosting more than 200 versions of the Bible in over 70 languages that you can freely read, research, and reference anywhere. Including a library of audio Bibles, mobile apps, devotionals, email newsletters, and other free resources, Bible Gateway equips you not only to read the Bible, but also to understand it.
New Testament Verses Where Jesus Mentions The Kingdom
Jesus referenced the Kingdom of God in the Gospels over 100 times. Most are references to life in his Kingdom on Earth, not after death in the eternal Kingdom. This resource provides a link to each verse in the Gospels. Some are duplicated in multiple Gospels, but the volume of the teaching by Jesus demonstrates that his mission was to bring us into the Kingdom. Indeed, Jesus says in Luke 4:43, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.”
In order to make disciples, you have to be a disciple. A disciple is a learner, pupil, and one who follows Christ’s teachings. A disciple is obedient to His Word and models his or her life after Him. Disciple-making is an intentional process of lasting life transformation that occurs over a period of time within the context of a small group of people who have prayerfully committed to becoming more like Jesus Christ. Narrow Gate has two disciple-making pathways, the Co-Mission Institute for pastors and Apprentice of Jesus for everyone. Co-Mission Institute is for pastors who want to establish a disciple making culture in their church using Jesus’ methods. Apprentice of Jesus is for anyone who wants to be a disciple and make disciples of Jesus.
Kingdom 101 is a sermon preached by Tom Trezise that provides an overview of the Kingdom of God and how to live in it as much as possible. It is a resource you can use to guide you toward a deeper examination of the Kingdom in your life.
An Overview of Gnosticism
Gnosticism remains a pernicious challenge to life in the Kingdom while alive now. If you hear a Christian focus on salvation and eternal life in Heaven, without also emphasizing the process of sanctification and realizing the purpose and joy to be found through life in the Kingdom on Earth, you probably have encountered someone influenced, most likely unwittingly, by Gnostic thought. Gnosticism is a path away from Christ and the Kingdom.