Scot McKnight: What and Where is the Kingdom of God?

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Scot McKnight

Dr. Scot McKnight, Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary, is world-renowned speaker, writer, professor and equip...


Founded on January 6, 2012, Seedbed is a twenty-first century movement and media platform whose mission is to gather, conn... Seedbed's mission is to gather, connect, and resource the people of God to sow for a great awakening. // Find out more and join the awakening journey! Throughout the New Testament we read that Jesus came to establish a kingdom. In the opening section of the Gospel of Mark, Jesus begins his ministry by proclaiming, "The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!" (Mark 1:15 NIV) His preaching, healing, and exorcism ministry continued throughout the Gospels as a demonstration of the power of the coming kingdom of God. Indeed, in the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples to pray, he asked of the Father, "Your kingdom come, your will be done..." (Matthew 6:9) Later, the kingdom also proves to be the substance of the Apostle Paul's gospel message: "He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!" (Acts 28:23). But what exactly is God's kingdom? Do any and all acts of kindness or compassion qualify? Does it exist outside of the church? In today's Seven Minute Seminary, Dr. Scot McKnight makes the case for what he calls a robust kingdom, which is marked by at least the five following qualities: 1. The kingdom of God has a king, and this king is Jesus. 2. The kingdom of God has a king who rules. 3. The kingdom of God has a distinct people. 4. The kingdom of God has a law. 5. The kingdom of God has a land.

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Bible References

Mark 1:15 Matthew 6:9 Acts 28:23

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