September 10, 2022

A Kingdom Foundation

Pastor Tonderai Bassoppo-Moyo
Executive Teaching & Discipleship Pastor

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Tonderai Bassoppo-Moyo

Associate Pastor

“Boldly and freely he proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Acts 28:31 BSB

In the culmination of Paul’s journey recorded in the book of Acts, God has established Paul on a stage from which to minister. It is here we get a glimpse into the Kingdom message - Paul’s proclamation is one built on his theological understanding and given strength through his testimony of experience with the Lord Jesus Christ. In his letter to the Corinthians, we see Paul’s message continue, as he seeks to proclaim to them that Kingdom living is not divided but rather of the same mind and heart, pulling in one accord through the influence of the Holy Spirit.

He asserts that the advancement of the message of the Kingdom comes not from human intelligence, philosophies, or concepts but from having access to the mind and heart of God provided by the Holy Spirit. We have a responsibility to build this Kingdom using the same foundation that Paul built upon - the foundation of Jesus Christ. However, how we build is of great importance to what we build. If we fail to build on sound doctrine, in time our work will be shown for what it is. Essential to this building is the testimony that comes from our personal experience with the Lord.

In Acts, Paul uses many opportunities to minister by pulling from the Damascus road experience. We do a disservice when we shy away from building the Kingdom or ministering using our personal experiences of how the Lord has been good to us. How do we build the Kingdom? The wisdom of God empowers us to make a judgment of all things. It is upon this wisdom that the Kingdom is built. When we understand judgment from this Kingdom perspective, we are able to see why Paul writes and tells the Corinthian church to expel immoral people from the church. This is not referring to one who is contending for Christ and struggling with sin, but rather someone who sins and revels in it.

Just as people who commit crimes are isolated from society for their rehabilitation, so it is for people who have not taken hold of the Kingdom message and are allowing sin to fester in their lives. The Kingdom is comprised of individuals who have given their yes to Jesus and desire to walk in His way - imperfectly, but with a consistent heart and mind. The proclamation of the Kingdom is life to those who take hold of it and personal to those of us who have experienced meeting its King. Keep not that message to yourself - boldly and freely proclaim this message of our King Jesus and His Kingdom.

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