KINGDOM ~ BASILEA
Most basic definition of the “kingdom of God” can be summed up in these words. The Kingdom of God is the rule of God in the lives and situations of men, women, families, nations and situations and circumstances that engulf and surround living life. The essence of the Kingdom is peace and reconciliation, and restoration and justice in every facet of life, socio-economic, as well as equity before the law, and health, welfare and education of all. It is restoration to a relationship with God and with people, be it national or international. It is bringing in play the love of God for people of every tribe and nation, and caring for all their needs. It is a challenge to the existing power systems that misuse and abuse peoples and resources and wealth.
Jesus ushered in the Kingdom of God to reveal the “Kingdom of Hearts” as a spiritual reality that continues to advance in the nations today, affecting change, bringing renewal and life and hope to millions of people, in how people respect and love one another, in how believers can come to understand what God is doing in the nations and various cultures and societies.
The Kingdom is the rule of God in the hearts of men and women and transcends all aspects of life and transcends what the church is in the world. Being part of the emerging church means to come alongside what God is doing, and to find our place in this Kingdom, and to participate in seeing it expand, seeing equity and justice, love, and grace and mercy prevailing against the oppression that pervades cultures, language, power and wealth structures and barriers to that equity and social justice.