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Houlton United Methodist Church

Here and Now

The kingdom of God. This is the central message of Jesus from beginning to end. Jesus begins his ministry with this message: “Change your life. The kingdom of God is here!” (Matt 4:17, MSG) He travels to town after town, village to village, preaching the Good News about the kingdom of God (Luke 8:1). Then he sends his twelve disciples to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal (9:2). After his death, he appears to his disciples during forty days and talks to them about the kingdom of God (Acts 1:3). The expression “the kingdom of God” is used at least 68 times in the New Testament. Apparently, the kingdom of God was a central part of Jesus Christ’s message. He came to tell us about the good news of the kingdom of God.