The Kingdom: The Gospel is the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.
a. The Kingdom of God is the realm of His rule and reign in heaven and on earth and through all of creation. It is manifest in various ways for all to see (Romans 14:17; 1st Corinthians 4:20).
b. A person enters this glorious and powerful Kingdom through repentance of sin and faith in Yeshua as Lord and Savior (Rom 10:9-10; Colossians 1:13-14).
Transformation: The Kingdom is Present and Advanced in a Transformed Life.
a. Kingdom citizens are transformed as they yield to the power of the Holy Spirit in them and renew their minds by embracing and trusting in the Holy Scriptures (Rom 12:2; 2 Thess. 2:13; 2 Cor. 3:17 - 18).
b. The gifts of the Holy Spirit enable each believer to effectively represent Yeshua and His Kingdom in unique and powerful ways (1st Cor 12-14).
Localism: The Kingdom is Present and Advanced in Vibrant Local Congregations/Communities.
a. The local congregation/community is the Body of Messiah in that location.
b. The local congregation/community is the fundamental manifestation of the greater corporate people of God in the world.
Order: The Kingdom is Present and Advanced in Biblical Order.
a. Hierarchy is seen primarily in three Biblical institutions
Civil Government and
The Ecclesia (The Church, beginning with Israel at Sinai and led by Moses)
b. There are levels of balanced and accountable leadership in the Ecclesia (Exo. 18).
c. This is seen in the Apostolic Scriptures in the designations Bishop/Overseer, Elder/Shepherd, Deacon.
Worship: The Kingdom is Present and Advanced thorough Worship in Spirit and Truth.
a. Worship contains formal and structured patterns of liturgy as well as informal and spontaneous forms.
b. It involves our heart and intellect (Jn. 4:23-24).
c. It is restrained and informed by the Truth (Holy Scriptures) (Deut. 12:28-32).
Torah: The Kingdom is Present and Advanced in a Yeshua Centered, Spirit Led Observance of Torah (the Yoke of Messiah).
a. Torah is the bedrock of all the Scriptures (Psalm 19:7-11).
b. It is God’s instruction concerning righteousness (Psalm 119:142; 160; 172; 2nd Tim. 3:16).
c. It is interpreted and applied through the lens of the teachings of the Messiah (The Apostolic Scriptures – Matt. 5:17-19; Matt.11-28-30).
Unity: The Kingdom is Present and Advanced Through a Practical Unity.
a. The observance of Torah affords Jewish and Gentile believers the opportunity for practical unity (1st Corinthians 7:19; Heb. 8:10).
b. From observing the annual Holy days to the weekly Shabbat we connect with each other and our nearly 4000 year old ordinances (Exo. 19-20; Exo. 31:12-18; Lev 23; Deut. 5; Rev. 12:17; Rev. 14:12).
Covenants: The Kingdom is Present and Experienced in the Covenants of Promise (the following list is not exhaustive).
a. Adamic/Edenic: Dominion over this World (Gen. 1:26-30).
b. Abrahamic: Justification by faith alone (Gen 12-1-3; 17:1-14; Is. 51:1-2; Rom 4).
c. Mosaic: Nationhood and Sanctification (Exo. 19-20; Deut. 4:13; Exo. 19:9).
c. Davidic: The privilege of Ruling and Reigning (2nd Sam. 7:4-17; Jer. 33:17-26).
e. The New Covenant: A renewal of the promises and provisions of the prior covenants, which were lost through unbelief and disobedience: (Jer. 31:31-37; Lk. 22:1-20; 1st Cor. 11:23-26; Heb 8).
Globalism: The Kingdom is Present and Advanced in the discipleship of the Nations (Peaceful Dominion-Missions).
a. Nations are to be discipled not just individuals (Matt.28:18-20; Matthew 25:32).
b. Nations will interact with the New Jerusalem in the future (Rev. 21:24-26).
Phases: The Kingdom is Present and Advanced in Two Phases: Redemptive (Past/Present) and Glorious (Future).
a. Redemptive: (Matt 12:28; Colossians 1:13-14).
b. Glorious: (Rev 20).