Jesus came to earth preaching the gospel of the kingdom. This kingdom is under the rule of a perfect king, Jesus. This kingdom is embodied on the earth in the ministry of the church and will find its fulfillment upon the return of King Jesus in new creation.


The promise of the future return of Jesus and, with it, the final resurrection of the dead and the renewal of creation, has been the cornerstone of Christian hope since the time of the early church. When faced with persecution or hardship, God’s family has held fast to the fixed time in the future when Jesus our messiah will return to unite heaven and earth and establish his rule over all of creation for eternity. This month we will take a deep dive into eschatology, or the study of last things. Together we will discover what it means to live in this “now and not yet” kingdom as we await the return of our Messiah.

Living in God’s Family 

The word “family” can mean many different things to different people. Often, when people speak of family, they mean their blood relatives, specifically those with whom they live (often called the “nuclear family”). While this certainly is one aspect of family, it is not the totality of it!  

When Christians speak of family, we also refer to God’s family, his ekklesia or “church.” Those who are members of God’s household, brought together in Jesus the Messiah, are more than random individuals who come together a couple of times a week. When we enter God’s kingdom, we become family with one another, forging a unique bond that transcends blood relation, culture, social class, or geographic location. We are all children brought together into God’s great family. 

10/21 – 10/25
Final Resurrection

10/14 – 10/18
Second Coming

10/7 – 10/11
The “Now and Not Yet” Kingdom