The church is not the Kingdom of God but a model and stewarding entity within the Kingdom. The purpose of the church in the Kingdom of God: “[The purpose is] that through the church the complicated, many-sided wisdom of God in all its infinite variety and innumerable aspects might now be made known…” (Eph.3:10, Amp). That wisdom is made known through redemptive acts of power (Lk.10:9;11:20;1Cor.2:4;4:20; 1Thess.1:5). That redemptive wisdom is the foundation and body of our thinking and mindsets when we have gotten it out of the Word of God and into our hearts and minds and decisions and actions. Theology formed from the poverty of human experience leaves minds severely limited and disoriented with no true compass. We must adjust our focus from matters and things that people say are impossible to focusing on Him Whose Kingdom, Whose rule and authority, comes in the moment and brings with it the power and resources of heaven. “Poverty” basically means “insufficiency” and the human experience is far too insufficient to form anything to stand on, let alone anything that will bring hope or any viable form of solution.
(This is the third excerpt from Marty’s article “Kingdom Mentality“ which was published in SEEC Magazine [Marty and Kathy’s ministry magazine]. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)
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