The Gospel of the Kingdom
And as you go, preach this message, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. —Matthew 10:7-8
We are living in days where the church of Christ must be mobilized to win souls and preach the gospel of the kingdom, demonstrating the power of the living God and bringing heaven to earth. People’s problems are in the now, so we me must have solutions in the now. We must have a sense of urgency and go outside the four walls of the church to reach a world that is lost and in desperate need of Jesus, the living God!
WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?
The word gospel means good news. The good news of the Kingdom.
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them. —Matthew 4:23-24
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Jesus preached the gospel of the Kingdom. If you remove the power of the Kingdom, Christianity is just another historical gospel. Nowadays there are substitute gospels that are being preached, like the:
1. Motivational Gospel
2. Gospel of Conformism
3. Historical Gospel
4. Gospel of Love
WHY THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM?
Where the word of a king is, there is power. —Ecclesiastes 8:4
The Gospel of the Kingdom is the gospel that Jesus preached. The word of the King has power. There are gospels being preached that are substitutes of the Kingdom of God, and have no repentance and no power. The plan of attack of the enemy is to make the church a natural entity. If we preach and teach without an evidence, it’s an insult to the cross!
The Kingdom of God is invisible, supernatural and is within us. When we preach the gospel of the Kingdom, it is followed by miracles, healing, deliverance, transformation and power. The gospel without the power of God is just like any other good news. The gospel of salvation takes you to heaven, but the gospel of the Kingdom brings heaven to earth!
But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. —Matthew 12:28 The good news is that the government of heaven wants to govern you! When the government of heaven comes it drives out the kingdom of darkness. Every believer must manifest the reality of the Lord. In heaven there is no sickness, disease, depression, addiction or affliction. When we preach the gospel of the Kingdom
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the person is not only saved but can be healed, delivered, and set free from any demonic oppression or bondage, by the love and power of God.
This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. —Matthew 6:9-10
Jesus commanded his disciples to pray for the Kingdom to come, when the Kingdom of God comes, heaven comes to earth. Evangelism was never meant to end at just the message of the gospel. The message should be followed with the demonstration of the love and power of the living God!
WHAT IS THE MESSAGE OF THE GOSPEL?
■ The Crucifixion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus.
■ Repentance and Forgiveness of sin.
For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. —1 Corinthians 2:2
‘The time has come,’ he said. ‘The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!’ —Mark 1:15
WHO SHOULD EVANGELIZE?
Every believer must evangelize. It is not a suggestion, it is a command. Jesus said go! This is the mission Jesus left us and it is made up of two parts:
■ Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
And He said to them: Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. —Mark 16:15
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■ Go and make disciples of all nations. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations. —Matthew 28:19
Every believer that is following Jesus must fish for men. If we are following, we must be fishing!
Then He said to them: follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men. —Matthew 4:19
WHAT DO WE NEED TO BE EFFECTIVE EVANGELISTS?
● Be a believer.
● Know the message and which gospel to preach.
● Be filled with the Holy Spirit.
● Demonstrate the power and love of God.
■ Minister the baptism of the Holy Spirit
■ Lead everyone to make a commitment to be available to preach the gospel of the Kingdom.
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The Marks of an
Evangelism is one of the deficits in the church. That is why there is more transfer of believers from church to church rather than new souls and new believers. The blood life of the Church is evangelism, and where there are new converts, there is life.
On the next day we who were Paul’s companions departed and came to Caesarea, and entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him.
An evangelist is a proclaimer of the good news. The book of Acts shows us that Philip is the pattern for evangelists in the New Testament.
But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. —2 tiMothy 4:5
MARKS OF A NEW TESTAMENT EVANGELIST:
1. Continually on the move: But Philip was found at Azotus. And passing through, he preached in all the cities till he came to Caesarea. —aCts 8:40
2. Very simple message, Jesus Christ: Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. —aCts 8:35
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3. Brings converts to the waters of baptism: Then Philip said, ‘If you believe with all your heart, you may.’ And he answered
and said, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.’ So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. —aCts 8:37-38
4. Works in miracles, signs and wonders: And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. —aCts 8:6
5. Is accompanied by deliverance of evil spirits: Countless people are demonized, possessed or oppressed. Therefore, an evangelist must be ready to cast out demons: For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. —aCts 8:7
Every believer should ask the Holy Spirit for divine appointments with friends, family, neighbors, etc. A divine appointment is an intervention from God. The Spirit of the Lord speaks to us of a person, condition, specific place, or sickness by word of knowledge (through hearing, feeling, seeing) and tells us where to go and what to say.
Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, ‘Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ This is desert. So he arose and went.
In the book of Acts, Philip received a divine appointment from God. He obeyed, arose and went. As he did so, the Spirit of God spoke to him again:
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Then the Spirit said to Philip: ‘Go near and overtake this chariot.’ So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said: Do you understand what you are reading? —aCts 8:29-30
The Marks of an Evangelist
1. Break the ice.
Approach the person and start a conversation, speaking words that compliment. Introduce yourself, and ask a question that must be answered with more than a yes or no answer. Begin a dialogue.
2. Present the gospel or share your testimony.
What is the message of the gospel? The crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus. The message should bring conviction of sin which leads to repentance and forgiveness.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. —roMans 6:23
3. Move in the supernatural.
Take a step of boldness through a word of knowledge, a prophetic word, praying for any sickness, miracles, or deliverance.
4. Lead the person to repentance.
Help them to repeat the prayer of salvation.
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Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul.
Miracles are a collaboration between God and man. As His children, we seek Him and obey. When we do the natural, the Lord does the supernatural. We do the possible, and He does the impossible. Miracles are a sign of the love of God, and everyone needs a miracle today.
WHAT IS A MIRACLE?
A supernatural is a sudden interruption; an intervention from God in man’s impossible circumstances. A miracle is a sign of His everlasting love for us.
Anyone with an impossible situation is a candidate for a miracle. If you have a debt you can’t pay, are sterile and can’t have children, or are applying for a promotion you don’t qualify for; know that the Lord can do the impossible!
A GOD OF MIRACLES!
When we go to the Scriptures we see a God of miracles. Everything that has to do with Jesus—His birth, daily living, death, and resurrection—His whole life is a miracle.
1. Christianity without miracles is just another religion because it doesn’t offer a solution to someone that is bound, addicted, sick, etc. If there are no miracles, there are no solutions.
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2. There are needs in people’s lives (restoration of a marriage, receiving a deliverance, being healed from cancer, etc.) that will only be supplied by a miracle.
3. Problems, situations, and impossibilities come so we can see the glory, goodness and grace of God!
4. Miracles break the laws of nature. They are above time and reason. As a child of God, we must refuse to conform to the natural!
5. Miracles, signs and wonders will make you a credible witness. If you tell people that Jesus heals and delivers, and you don’t prove it, nothing backs up your preaching.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF MIRACLES?
This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him: Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him. —John 3:2 If you understand the purpose, you will not abuse it. Miracles are the endorsement of our position and relationship with God. When God uses us, He validates us as His sons, showing us we have spiritual authority and that we are in a relationship with Him. Miracles:
are a sign of divine authority.
prove His existence, power, and love for us
challenge reason, science, and religion.
confirm that Jesus is the same today, yesterday and forever
miracles overthrow demonic and religious opposition
Miracles are the mark that distinguish us from the rest. However, the most important part is that when we walk in miracles, we show people that Jesus is alive today!
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Working the Miracles
Make sure ALL students are baptized with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
Activate all students in the gifts of healing and working of miracles.
How to pray for a person with pain in their body. (Back pain, pain in ankles, bones, muscle, etc.).
How to pray for sicknesses that are caused by an evil spirit. (i.e. Asthma, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, migraines, myopia, scoliosis)
How to pray for creative miracles. (i.e. Flat feet, new organs, any miracles where God creates).
Call one person for each condition above and pray for them
Activate the students in the prophetic and words of knowledge
There are 3 ways to hear the voice of God:
After teaching briefly on the three ways to hear from God, have everyone pair up with one person. Then pray in the spirit for a few minutes and then have them prophesy to each other.
Take a few testimonies and end the class.
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From Fear to Boldness
What I feared most descends on me; my nightmare, now reality. —Job 3:25 (the VoiCe)
In the Bible, the Greek word for fear is “phobos” and carries the meaning of something which provokes a person to escape or run away. It implies cowardice, shyness, and shame.
Fear is an evil spirit that causes horror and fright. It prevents us from taking action by making us run from challenging situations. This spirit does not operate alone. Instead it cooperates with intimidation, causing the person to live with cowardice and shame. Its goal is to enslave and punish us physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Fear is a corruption of our God-given imagination. When we fear something, it reflects our doubt in God; that we don’t believe He will provide or protect us in that area.
CONSEQUENCES OF FEAR
When we entertain fear and let it take root in our minds, grave consequences follow. Some of these are:
1. Fear stops the flow of God’s supernatural power in us.
2. Someone who lives in fear often punishes themselves.
3. Fear causes your anointing to be contaminated. If you live in fear, you will minister it to others.
4. Fear is a portal to hell as faith is to heaven.
5. What you fear is what you will attract.
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6. Fear causes the gifts of God in you to turn off.
7. Fear prevents us from taking action and making decisions.
What is the entry point of fear in your life? If you find the point that the fear came in through, you find your freedom. Fear is not an emotion but a spirit, and there is no fear in God.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. —2 tiMothy 1:7
THE RIGHTEOUS ARE BOLD AS LIONS
Fear has many enemies. In 1 Corinthians 13:13, the Scripture shows three of the enemies of fear, and they are faith, hope and love. There is one more gift that the Holy Spirit gives us against fear, and that is boldness.
The wicked run away even when no one is chasing them; the righteous are bold as lions. —ProVerbs 28:1
To be righteous is to be in right standing with God. Being righteous doesn’t mean you are perfect, or that you never make mistakes. It means you weren’t right with God, but when you came to Jesus His Blood redeemed you from sin.
WHY BOLD AS A LION?
■ Lions are not the heaviest (An elephant weighs up to 14 times more than a lion).
■ Lions are not the smartest (An elephant has a larger brain and has three times more neurons than humans).
■ Lions are not the tallest (An elephant is 2-3 times the height of a lion).
On paper, the statistics of a lion don’t make it the most impressive animal. So what makes the difference? The lion’s attitude! When an elephant sees a lion, it feels danger. But when a lion sees an
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elephant, it thinks of lunch! Righteous people are bold. It takes boldness to commit to preaching to strangers, to move in the supernatural and not care what people think.
Those who don’t know their identity in God, tend to be timid. They are easily alarmed, anxious, shy, doubt themselves, and are afraid to commit. However, the Spirit of God give us boldness. He makes us courageous and daring, and helps us to trust in Him when we confront fear!
Christ makes us brave! A brave person might feel afraid or scared to take action, but he or she does not allow these emotions to stop them from doing whatever needs to be done.
EFFECTS OF SUPERNATURAL BOLDNESS
Inspires other people to change. Your testimony, achievements and faith inspire others (see 1 Samuel 14:6-7).
Helps us move in the supernatural. You need boldness to operate in the miraculous in these end times.
Produces obedience in the hearts of men.
Helps us overcome opposition, tribulation, and persecution. When you step out in boldness, the Lord will make sure to confirm His Word!
Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.
Makes us credible witnesses of Jesus Christ.
And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel. —ePhesians 6:19
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HOW TO RECEIVE SUPERNATURAL BOLDNESS:
Have a constant personal relationship with God. People who have no relationship with God are afraid, but those who hear His voice and seek Him directly receive His boldness.
…The people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits. —Daniel 11:32
We must cultivate a culture of risk. It is when we take risks that we can enter new dimensions.
■ Lead the members to renounce to the spirit of fear, and minister deliverance.
■ Activate them in boldness and passion for the souls.
Minister the love of God.