2016 ICSC Message One


The Gospel

Message One

The Gospel of the Kingdom

Opening Word of the Prophesying Meeting

Readingthe verses in each day.

Reading the main points in the outlines.

Pray-reading the verses:

From that time Jesus began to proclaim and to say, Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn near—Matt. 4:17.

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole inhabited earth for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come—Matt. 24:14.

Because of the hope laid up for you in the heavens, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel—Col. 1:5.

Word of Appetizer

What is the gospel?

The gospel includes all the truths in the Bible; thus, the entire Bible is the gospel of God.

It is crucial for us to see that the gospel is the gospel of the kingdom of God; the gospel is for the kingdom, and the gospel is proclaimed so that rebellious sinners might be saved, qualified, and equipped to enter into the kingdom of God

Spiritual Burden

The goal of the gospel of the kingdom is to set up the kingdom of the heavens by putting people into the Triune God, making them citizens of the kingdom of the heavens; through the gospel of the kingdom, God brings people under the ruling of the heavenly authority so that they may become His kingdom, those who are ruled by His authority.

Concluding Word of the Prophesying Meeting

The Revelation of the Truth

The gospel includes all the truths in the Bible; thus, the entire Bible is the gospel of God.

The four Gospels reveal different aspects of the gospel.

It is crucial for us to see that the gospel is the gospel of the kingdom of God.

The gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole inhabited earth for a testimony to all the nations before the end of this age.

The Experience of Life

God’s heavenly kingdom can be constituted only with people who have been immersed into the union with the Triune God and who have been established and built up with the Triune God, who has been wrought into them.

The gospel of the kingdom brings the believers (us) into the realm of the divine ruling so that they may participate in the blessings of the divine life in the divine kingdom.

Practice and Application

We need to repent for the kingdom; unless we repent—that is, have a change of concept—we cannot enter into the kingdom.

We need to disciple the nations, which is to make the heathen the kingdom people for the establishing of His kingdom, which is the church, even today, on the earth.

Using Key Verses to Have a Bird’s-Eye View over the Whole Outlines

Key Verses (1)

In whom you also, having heard the word of the truth, the gospel of your salvation, in Him also believing…—Eph. 1: 13.

Because of the hope laid up for you in the heavens, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel—Col. 1: 5 .

The Truth Is the Gospel, the Entire Bible Is the Gospel of God

I. The gospel includes all the truths in the Bible; thus, the entire Bible is the gospel of God:.

The truth is the gospel; the unique commission of the church today is to preach the gospel, the content of which is the truth

The gospel is the fulfillment of the entire Old Testament.

II. The four Gospels reveal different aspects of the gospel: the gospel of the kingdom, to bring part of the old creation into the new creation, the gospel of forgiveness, the eternal life.

Key Verses (2)

From that time Jesus began to proclaim and to say, Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn near—Matt. 4:17. 1:4.

The Gospel of the Kingdom; the Ruling and the Reigning of God

III. It is crucial for us to see that the gospel is the gospel of the kingdom of God:

The kingdom of God is the ruling, the reigning, of God with all its blessing and enjoyment.

The fundamental problem in the universe is rebellion against the authority of God; God commands everyone to repent for the kingdom; the gospel is proclaimed so that rebellious sinners might be saved, qualified, and equipped to enter into the kingdom of God.

The goal of the gospel of the kingdom is to set up the kingdom of the heavens by putting people into the Triune God, making them citizens of the kingdom of the heavens.

Key Verses (3)

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole inhabited earth for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come—Matt. 24:14.

The Gospel of the Kingdom Must Be Brought to the Whole Inhabited Earth

The gospel of the kingdom must be brought to the whole inhabited earth through the churches in the Lord’s recovery.

Because all authority has been given to the resurrected Christ, He sent His disciples to disciple all the nations; they go with His authority

The intrinsic purpose of our preaching the gospel is to bring the people of the nations into the Triune God in order to make them the citizens of the kingdom of the heavens.

Prophesying Topics—Twelve Topics per Week

D1
T1 The truth is the gospel (Eph. 1:13)

(Please explain that the entire Bible is the gospel of God.)

T2 The gospel is the fulfillment of the entire Old Testament (Rom. 1:2)

(Please explain that the gospel is the fulfillment of the promises, prophecies, and types and is also the removal of the law.)

D2
T1 The four Gospels reveal different aspects of the gospel (Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 15:16)

(Please explain that in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, we have different aspects of the gospel.)

T2 The Gospel of John reveals the main point in the aspect of the gospel (John 15:5)

(Please explain that in the Gospel of John, we see the mingling of the Triune God with the believers to produce the Body of Christ.)

D3
T1 The purpose of the gospel is to have the kingdom (Mark 1:15)

(Please explain that the kingdom of God is the goal of the gospel.)

T2 The gospel is the gospel of the kingdom, which is for us to become the Lord’s disciples (Matt. 28:19)

(What kind of people are the disciples?)

D4
T1 The gospel of the kingdom and the gospel of the grace (Matt. 24:14; Acts 20:24)

(Please explain that the gospel of the kingdom includes the gospel of grace.)

T2 The New Testament preaches the gospel in the way of kingdom, not in the going to heaven (Matt. 4:17; Acts 8:12)

(How can we properly preach the gospel related to the kingdom by avoiding preaching the superficial gospel?)

D5
T1 “Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn near.” (Matt. 3:2)

(What is the proper significance of repenting?) (Please refer to Outline III. G. 1, 2, 3)

T2 To repent is to turn to God in every way and in everything (Acts 20:21)

(How can we exercise to turn to God in everything in our daily life?)

D6
T1 The preaching of the gospel is to bring people into God to make them the citizens of the kingdom of the heavens (Matt. 28:18-19)

(Please explain the differences between the preaching of the gospel being for winning souls and the preaching of the gospel being to bring people into God.)

T2 The gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole inhabited earth for a testimony to all the nations before the end of this age (Matt. 24:14)

(Please briefly narrate the situation that the churches in the Lord’s recovery receive the burden to preach the gospel of the kingdom to every continent, to every country, and to every locality.)

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