I woke up thinking about Matthew 6:33 -
"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you as well"(NIV).
I'm working my way through Howard A. Snyder's Models of the Kingdom (Wipf and Stock, 2001). As I do, I hope to introduce bits and pieces on this thread, as discussion develops. Here's a little appetizer (p. 19):
It is surprising to see how much the Gospels - especially Matthew - talk about the Kingdom, and comparatively how little we talk about it in the COTN. Usually when we hear the word, it's in a vague way. Perhaps we will speak about "kingdom building," but even that seems like just another way of talking about church growth."Since the kingdom of God is a prominent biblical theme, some model of the kingdom is implicit in every understanding of the Christian faith."
Here's our statement from the Foreword of the Nazarene MANUAL, 2009-13 (p. 5):
Discussion point:The Church of the Nazarene exists to serve as an instrument for advancing the kingdom of God through the preaching and teaching of the gospel throughout the world. Our well-defined commission is to preserve and propagate Christian holiness as set forth in the Scriptures, through the conversion of sinners, the reclamation of backsliders, and the entire sanctification of believers.
What do you think is the Cotn view of the kingdom? Do we have more than one?