About our Slogan

We chose the slogan “Proclaiming the Messiah and His Kingdom to a Hurting World” for our ministry because it encapsulates for us the message of the entire Bible.

Jesus (Heb. Yeshua) began His years of ministry with the message of “the gospel of the kingdom” —

Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent ye and believe the gospel.”  (Mark 1:14-15)

In the Gospel of Matthew, we find the following parallel passage:

From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17)

By pairing up these two parallel passages, we can see that the phrase “the kingdom of God” and “the kingdom of heaven” are just different ways of saying the same thing.  “The kingdom of God” is the Greek equivalent, or the Greek way of saying,  “the kingdom of heaven” (Heb. malkhut hashamayim).   And according to the Scriptures, Jesus went all over Galilee preaching about this same topic:

And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. (Matthew 4:23)

But not only did Jesus (Yeshua) preach about the kingdom wherever He went, He also commanded His disciples to preach the same message:

And as ye go, preach, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:7-8)

And in a parallel passage in the Gospel of Luke:

Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.  And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick….And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing everywhere.  (Luke 9:1-2, 6)

Did you note again the parallel usage between “the kingdom of heaven” in Matthew’s Gospel and “the kingdom of God” in Luke’s Gospel?  Matthew was writing to his own people, the Jews; therefore, he uses the phrase “the kingdom of heaven;” whereas, Luke was writing to a non-Jewish audience, and therefore, he uses the phrase “the kingdom of God.”  In addition, did you note that Luke summarizes what Matthew explicitly quotes from the lips of Jesus (Yeshua)?  But both passages tell us that Jesus (Yeshua) commanded them to preach the gospel of the kingdom and to heal.

But not only did Jesus (Yeshua) send the Twelve with this message about the kingdom, He also sent seventy others to preach this same message:

After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.  Therefore said he unto them,…”And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things are set before you: and heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.”  (Luke 10:1-2a, 8-9)

Even after Jesus (Yeshua) had been crucified, buried, and then rose again from the dead, He was still discussing the kingdom of God with His disciples:

To whom also he [Jesus] showed himself alive after his passion [suffering and death] by many infallible proofs, being seen of them [His disciples] forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. (Acts 1:3)

And even after Jesus (Yeshua) had ascended to the right hand of God, the disciples continues to preach “the gospel of the kingdom” and about Jesus Christ (Heb. Yeshua HaMoshiakh).  This is seen, for example, in Acts 8, when Philip goes over to Samaria and preaches to the people there:

But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.  (Acts 8:12)

Then in Paul’s own ministry, he also preached about Christ (Messiah) and the kingdom of God:

And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have showed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house, testifying both to the Jews and also to the Greeks (non-Jews), repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 20:20-21)

 


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