Kingdom Church

Elaine and I are members of a wonderful church in Colorado.  It is a tradition within our fellowship to reserve a Sunday around Thanksgiving for a special service.  This is a time where our pastor Dave bravely surrenders the pulpit over to the congregation. It is one of our favorite Sundays of the year—sorry Dave.  We sit and listen to members of our congregation tell of the events of the last year which bring them thanksgiving. This year, one woman in particular caught my attention as she talked about the death sentence handed down from her oncologist.  

A Kingdom of Heaven church brings all those heart issues to the attention of our prayer teams and then to the body of believers at large.  This woman, who was diagnosed in March, was somehow in complete remission by Labor Day. The Kingdom of Heaven at work in our minds and spirits.  

Fast forward to last Sunday.  The woman who shared previously is an usher and greeted us with a more than casual embrace and escorted us to our seats.  She lingered just long enough for us to get a heart touch from the Father and one of those bubbles of the Kingdom of Heaven occurred.  We embraced her as family. She shared about having another scan and that she would get the results next week.

Elaine and I had a mind to pluck her out of her assigned seat and squeeze her in between us for an entire church service of familial intercession that says, “Hey, you are not alone going through this! You belong to God and we are not letting you out of our Kingdom of Heaven jurisdiction.”  A bubble of the Kingdom of Heaven is a place where the Kingdom of this world, with its appointed minions, gets sequestered; allowing the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Heaven to reign. A bubble of the Kingdom of Heaven requires surrendered hearts.

It doesn’t miss my notice that Pastor Dave is in a series of messages about sojourners walking in the Kingdom of Heaven while here on earth.  He is teaching us regularly that the Kingdom of Heaven is here but not to the full — Already, but not yet. I do believe a Kingdom of Heaven church needs to be led by a leader who abides in the idea that the Kingdom of Heaven is closer than we think and everyone can experience it and should.  

Do you embrace such a community where you live?

4 Comments

  • Hi Steven,
    I’m a member at Broomfield United Methodist Church, where you spoke a few years(?) ago. You know our associate pastor, Thomas Cross. The answer to your question is an unequivocal yes and no. The Holy Spirit is not overtly conspicuous at BUMC, but I believe we’re moving in that direction. How quickly? I have no idea. But I do know the almost unanimous reason new members join is that they feel immediately welcomed and treated like they matter. With such unanimity, something is going on, if perhaps just under the surface. Blessing always on you and yours, Dave Morgan

    • Thank you for reaching out David! There are so many attributes that go into creating an impactful church. It’s definitely something to always evaluate and pursue!
      Blessings,
      Steven

  • My church, Smoky Hill United Methodist, is filled with many wonderful people, but the leadership is lost. I need to reach out and find something else where the fundamental teachings of God’s word and the love of Christ is the focus. I will work on that the next couple of months.

    That said, heaven is all around us and does not exist just when we are at church. I am grateful for the love of God and his son Jesus Christ. I feel blessed every day.

    • Praise God Asa,
      It’s so important for church leadership and even church attendees to continuously evaluate how they can make their church more impactful for the Lord! Keep up the good work!

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