The Bible is not a self-help guide, a religious encyclopaedia, a history textbook, a story, a legal code, a collection of ancient letters, or a religious handbook. Rather, the Bible is the testimony of God’s good news in Jesus Christ. The Introduction explores what it means to read the Bible to ascertain the main themes and theology of each book while also demonstrating that the Old Testament has a covenantal framework, a kingdom perspective, and Christ at its centre.
The book The Theocratic Kingdom by George Peters is reviewed here. Peters's book is a defence of dispensationalism. The article aims its refutation against the idea that God's purpose through Christ was to erect on earth a kingdom under direct divine rule. He aims at Peter's thesis that the sin of the Jews was that they rejected that theocratic ideal.
The idea of covenant is fundamental to the message of the Bible. The purpose of Chapter 1 is to demonstrate just how central the covenants are. Correctly relating the different covenants is central to doing good theology. The authors deliberately distance themselves from classic Reformed covenantal theology. For them “kingdom through covenant” is the central message of the story of the Bible.
Christ is king of the church, but is also king of the world. Christ rules over these two kingdoms differently. This article shows the implications of this different rule for the Christian.
This article discusses the two kingdoms doctrine. This article shows how the perspectives around the kingdom of God and the kingdom of this world were used during the Reformation to argue against the separation of church and state, and is used today to support the social gospel. This warrants a new look into the discussion of the two kingdoms.
Living in the last days is about knowing how to live as God's people. Looking at the relationship between eschatology and the kingdom, this article shows that the first coming of Christ ushered in the kingdom of God which will be completed when He returns. This has bearing on the Christian life, because Christians live their lives looking at the completed work of Christ while waiting for the full realization of it.
This article shows how church planting movements are rooted in understanding God's movement from glory to greater glory of the coming kingdom. The author identifies seven aspects of God's movement from glory to greater glory, and discusses how each shapes an understanding of church planting and how each may address needs in different cultures and contexts.
Th author of this article maintains that competition is not something we can avoid. This thinking is rooted in the creation mandate in the call for dominion over the world. Believers are instruments in God's hands through which His kingdom will be realized. Believers are certain of their victory in Christ as they compete against the works of the evil one - this is the competition they are engaged in.
In this article, Richard Bauckham addresses the question: What was Jesus' overall intention in His ministry? What was He seeking to achieve?