In recent weeks we have published two presentations from our March Global Forum in Brazil. One was by Hector Pardo, A Fresh Look at the Kingdom of God, and one by Luis Sena, Why the Church is not Discipling the Nations. In this post we share a third powerful message, this one by our friend and colleague from South Africa, Hein van Wyk. Hein has achieved a wonderful clarity with this talk. In fact, we are planning to publish his presentation as a small booklet because it is that powerful. Here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite:
My own journey in seeking the Kingdom was a very challenging one. For my wife and I some years ago God placed it in our hearts to seek His Kingdom. I had no idea what that meant. I thought I had the Kingdom. I thought I understood what the Kingdom was, just to find out later that I had no idea what it was.
For every part of the Christian life and of Bible teaching and for every part of Church, I opened a file for. I had a file for missions, a file for church planting, a file for faith and love, etc. Every bit of information I gather about a specific topic, I put in the appropriate file I opened.
Now, I was creating this file called, “The Kingdom of God.” All of the information I was gathering through the reading of books and sermons on the topic, I tried to place inside this file. It was such an awkward feeling, because the information didn’t seem to fit in the file.
Then I realized what God was putting on my heart was the fact that the Kingdom of God is not so much a file in a filing system, but that the Kingdom of God is the filing system. And from that moment on I understood missions differently. In the light of the Kingdom, I understood church planting, and faith and love, and the role of the church differently. The Kingdom of God brought a total new perspective.