Messages From The Messiah
Kingdom of God Study 1: God’s People in God’s Place under God’s Rule
Read Genesis 2:8-25
1. In what kind of place did Adam and Eve live?
2. What was their purpose and what rules were they given to govern their actions?
Read Genesis 12:1-3
3. What was Abram (later called Abraham) commanded to do?
4. What promises did God make to Abram?
Read Deuteronomy 12:1-11
5. What did God command His people to do when they entered the Promised Land?
6. What promises did God make to the people of Israel through Moses? (see verses 7 and 10)
Read 2 Samuel 7:1-16
7. What promises did God make to David?
8. What picture of the “Kingdom of God” emerges in the Old Testament?
Kingdom of God Study 2: An Everlasting Kingdom
Read Psalm 145
1. What sort of King is the Lord?
2. What relationship does He have with His people?
Read Daniel 2:24-35 and 44
3. What was Nebuchadnezzar’s dream?
4. How is the final kingdom described?
5. In what ways is it different from the previous ones?
Read Daniel 7:13 and 14
6. What is given to the “one like the son of man” by the “Ancient of Days”?
7. Daniel lived in exile in a foreign kingdom, yet recognised God’s rule in his life. How is Daniel’s situation similar to ours?
Kingdom of God Study 3: Entering the Kingdom
Read Matthew 3:1-12
1. John the Baptist came to prepare the way for the Lord and to warn that the Kingdom of Heaven was near. What does he call the people to do?
2. John claims that the Lord has come to separate the wheat from the chaff, a parable of Judgement. According to John, who will escape the fire and be gathered into the barn? What does this mean?
Read Matthew 4: 17-25
3. What good news of the Kingdom does Jesus preach? How is it manifest in Him?
Read Luke 18:18-30
4. What does it mean to enter the Kingdom of God?
5. Why is it so hard for the rich man?
Read Luke 19:1-10
6. How was Zacchaeus different from the Rich Young Ruler?
7. For what purpose did the Son of Man come?
8. What obstacles can prevent people entering the Kingdom of God?
Kingdom of God Study 4: Living in the Kingdom
Read Colossians 1:1-14
1. Where is the Colossians hope? (v5) What do they hope for and on what is it based?
2. Verses 12-14 seem to indicate that the Colossians already enjoy their inheritance – the Kingdom of God. How is God’s rule evident in their lives?
Read Romans 14:15-18
3. What characterises life in the Kingdom of God?
Read 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
4. What behaviours are not acceptable within the Kingdom of God?
5. What kind of people live in the Kingdom? (v11)
Read 2 Peter 1:1-11
6. How is it possible for God’s people to imitate His divine qualities?
7. How does this differ from “earning” salvation through good works?
8. Which godly attributes could we add to our faith to make us more productive and effective in our ministry?
Kingdom of God Study 5: Your Kingdom Come
Read 1 Corinthians 15:50-58
1. How can mortal man inherit an eternal kingdom?
2. What hope does this give?
Read Revelation 1:1-18
3. How does John’s description of Jesus compare with Daniel’s vision in study 2? (Daniel 7:13 and 14)
4. What images of Heaven do we glimpse from these verses?
5. What assurance is John given?
Read Revelation 22:12-21
6. How does Jesus’ second coming fulfil the prophecies about the Kingdom of God? What is the significance of the Tree of Life and Jesus being the offspring of David?
7. What do we mean when we pray, “Your Kingdom Come?” (The Lord’s Prayer Matthew 6:7-15)