Kingdom TheologyHere are a couple great explanations of the Kingdom of God and its accompanying theology:

“The [kingdom of God] is the abstract or dynamic idea of reign, rule, or dominion…” – George Eldon Ladd

“… the kingdom of God is the central theological motif that gives definition to all that we believe.” – Phil Strout

“… the Vineyard is a movement distinctively centered in a renewed understanding of the centrality of the kingdom of God in biblical thought… [we understand] the kingdom of God as the overarching and integrating theme of the Bible.” – Vineyard Core Values

So a basic summary of Kingdom Theology might be:

  • Inaugurated, not consummated.
  • Both now and not yet.
  • The kingdom has come, comes, and is coming (breaking in).
  • The reign and rule of God (cf. Matt. 6:10).

But why does kingdom theology matter? Why is having a solid kingdom of God framework vitally important? Here are four simple answers to that question:

  1. Kingdom theology is the same message that Jesus and the apostles preached (Matt. 3:2; 4:17; Acts 8:12; 14:22; 20:25; 28:23-31).
  1. Kingdom theology centers our theology and praxis on King Jesus and his kingdom versus our own kingdom (Matt. 26:39; Col. 13).
  1. Kingdom theology is the only way to explain why miracles happen and why we continue to pray for God to break in, for heaven to come to earth. (Matt. 12:28).
  1. Kingdom theology is the only way to somewhat explain why miracles don’t happen and why everyone isn’t healed (Rev. 21:4).

Those are four quick ways in which I think kingdom theology matters.

What would you add?