JesusWalk® Publications

Jesus and the Kingdom of God
Discipleship Lessons
and Bible Study Commentary for Personal Devotional Use, Small Groups or Sunday School Classes, and Sermon Preparation for Pastors and Teachers


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We are so used to nicely crafted sermons and tidy Christian platitudes, that we are shocked when we encounter the radical Jesus. And radical he was!

With his cousin, John the Baptist, he came onto the scene and began to preach that the Kingdom of God was at hand. The Reign of God had come to first century Palestine in the person of Jesus of Nazareth.

What is this Kingdom of God? Why is it Good News? Why does it demand so much from you? How does it relate to your own life? As you come to grips with the raw truths that Jesus taught, without the sugarcoating of modern religion, your life will be changed!

This book explores the Kingdom of God in 10 lessons that can be used for personal enrichment, by small groups and classes, and by teachers and preachers for sermon preparation.

Here's the abbreviated table of contents of this 175-page book:

Preface 3
Table of Contents 5
References and Abbreviations 11
Introduction to the Kingdom of God 14
1. Preparing for the Kingdom (Matthew 3:1-17; 4:17) 25
2. Fertile Soil for the Kingdom (Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23) 38
3. Pressing into the Kingdom (Matthew 6:24, 33; 7:7-8; 11:12) 52
4. The Present and Future Kingdom (Luke 17:20-37) 63
5. The Costliness of the Kingdom (Mt 13:44-46; Mk 10:17-24) 77
6. The Spirit and the Kingdom (John 3:1-21) 92
7. Forgiveness in the Kingdom (Matthew 18:21-35; 6:9-15) 110
8. The Narrowness and Breadth of the Kingdom (Luke 13:18-30) 123
9. Serving in the Kingdom (Matthew 25:14-30) 134
10. Invitation to the Kingdom (Luke 14:12-24; 9:57-62) 150
Appendix. Participant Guide Handout Sheets 165

Detailed Table of Contents


"Thorough and accessible overview of the Kingdom - highly recommended." -- Brian Raynor, Church of England

"One of the best in-depth studies I've seen." -- Dan Marling

"Both scripturally solid and thoughtful." -- Ed Cochran

"Pulls you into the Bible and gets you to seek the Lord." -- Floyd Westervelt

"The questions have been the basis of lively discussion in small group Bible study." -- Fr. Jack Potter

"Simple yet profound, God-glorifying, and full of down-to-earth practical illustrations." -- Paul Toschi, house church, Australia

"The extensive research and insightful commentary ... really connected with study participants, and now they want more!" -- Pastor Joe Kummerow, Lutheran Church of Australia

"Informative, uplifting, spiritually satisfying." -- Jesus Canon Jr.

"Fresh and provokative." -- Freddie Moore, CME Pastor

"The entire study strengthened my faith in a remarkable way." -- Nicholas Antaki

"Informative and brilliantly presented, bringing the majesty of Jesus' first century teaching into sharp focus for twenty-first century readers." -- Mike Rhodes

"Depth, background discussions, and the application to walking as a Christian today." -- Ronald Slyderink

"In-depth exposition of the Bible and very thought provoking questions... suitable for small or large group studies." -- Thomas Aderounmu, Pentecostal pastor

Participant lesson handouts can be downloaded and printed for your group or class at no charge.

The book is available in both paperback and e-book formats.

  Paperback format, $15.95, must be ordered through Amazon.com and other online booksellers. You may also ask your local bookstore to order it. The paperback book has 176 pages and is 7.5" x 9.25". ISBN 0981972195 (978-0-9819721-9-0).

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