All throughout the Gospels you hear about the Kingdom of God. John the baptist is the first to preach about it saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matt. 3:2) After His temptation in the wilderness, Jesus began to preach the very same thing saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." To say that something is at hand means it is very near, or close. Something that is at hand is imminent; it's about to happen. John, the forerunner, and Jesus, the Christ both preached that the kingdom of God or heaven is at hand.
This Sunday, we will begin a series in the book of Acts about the kingdom of God. You see, a kingdom is king's domain. It refers to the place or territory where a particular person is king. So what place or territory is God the king of? It is obvious for us to say heaven. It is also obvious for to say God is technically King and Lord over everything. But what place on earth is God treated at King? The answer is His Church. Jesus told His disciples in Mark 9:1, "Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power." The disciples, with the exception of Judas, were going to get to see the kingdom of God come with power. If you fast forward to Acts 1:8, Jesus tells his disciples, "You will receive POWER when the Holy Spirit has come upon you..." If you connect those two verses what even ushers in the kingdom of God? It is the coming of the Holy Spirit.
So for the several weeks, we will be looking at the kingdom of God. We will be looking at how Jesus continued to work throughout the book of Acts and how He continues to work in the Church today. I hope you will join us on Sunday mornings as we study the Church, God's Kingdom.