In our current sermon series, “WikiChurch”, Sam asked the question, “what if we could equip 400 neighborhood missionaries to go out into their various fields to live as witnesses of the Good News?
The motivator behind this, I believe, is to create a shift from trying to get people to come to church to encounter Jesus, to going out and as witnesses helping them take the next step towards Christ.
With that in mind I want to draw your attention to the idea of the Kingdom of Heaven. To the Hebrew mind the Kingdom of God or Heaven was not so much about going to heaven one day, but rather what the world would look like if God was ruling and reigning on earth now.
When we look at the life of Jesus, most of his teachings are focused on instructing us how to live in a certain way that empowers us to establish the Kingdom on earth at this very moment in time. In the Lord’s Prayer He says, “Your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” In other words, when we pray we should ask God to help us align our lives to heaven’s values so that His Kingdom may be established on the earth through the choices we make today. This raises the question: what changes do we need to make now to align our lives to heaven’s values?
Another passage which emphasises this is the Sermon on the Mount. This has often been interpreted as a manifesto on how to go to heaven, however, a better way to look at this is Jesus’ interpretation of scripture on “living the best life now!”
On reflection: How does this change the way you think about your role in establishing the Kingdom of Heaven on earth today? How does this impact your commitment towards Northside’s mission to equip 400 gospel-living missionaries?