The term ‘Kingdom of God’ is one Christians use often; yet, like me, many people unknowingly have a misunderstanding of its meaning. One of the ways our struggle to grasp its meaning is evidenced is in the language we use to talk about it. I have found this insight from Darrell Guder (in his book Missional Church) to be greatly helpful. I hope it helps you too.
2 misconceptions of the Kingdom of God:
- We build it…as if it were a social project “over there”
- We extend it…as if it were a sales project
What the Bible says about it:
- We receive it…as a gift; as co-heirs with Jesus Christ
- We enter it…as a realm; as a real, tangible reality