John the Baptist proclaimed “the Kingdom of God is near.” He preached repentance to prepare the way for the King and his Kingdom. The Gospels share what Jesus began to do and teach. He demonstrated the nearness of the Kingdom until the day He ascended into heaven. The first apostles walked and ministered in the power and authority of the Kingdom of God. Paul, as one untimely born, carried the message of the Kingdom to the Gentile World. Hundreds and thousands were added to the Church. The blind saw, the lame walked, the dead were raised, and the Kingdom advanced. Jesus never told us to seek first the Church, in fact He seldom mentioned the Church. Instead He continually preached the Kingdom.
By: Dr. Douglas Carr