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Introducing Kingdom Life Church

As Christians, when we pick up our cross and follow Jesus, that sacrifice becomes the greatest blessing we could ever hope for. Life is full of challenges no matter what, and to face them alone without the power of the one true God behind us is unthinkable to those who have experienced God’s power come in and overshadow our own strengths and abilities. While following Christ may come with persecution and difficulty sometimes, living without him in our hearts and in our lives is far worse than anything this world can throw at a person. Nothing compares to the promised blessings of a redeemed life, renewed spirit and eternal life in the kingdom of God. It is through this free gift of citizenship into the Kingdom of God, paid for by the sacrifice and blood of Jesus Christ, that we are transferred out of the Satan’s kingdom and given new life in God’s kingdom, empowered by the Holy Spirit and a strong faith. We serve a God that still makes miracles happen in the lives of those seeking righteousness and to do his will.

In Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you, and surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age”. This is known as the “Great Commission” and it is the calling we heard leading us to make plans to launch Kingdom Life Church in Orlando, Florida in the Fall of 2015. The role of Kingdom Life Church is to establish a community of people living the “Kingdom Life” which is a lifestyle of seeking God’s will and righteousness, striving to emulate Jesus and benefit from the wisdom, comfort and strength that is the Word of God. It is about being involved with a community of believers seeking the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit and expanding the Kingdom of God by teaching others the Gospel of Christ. It is through helping others learn how to build a relationship with God, become empowered in all areas of their life, living as a member of the Body of Christ, knowing one’s rights and role as a citizen of the Kingdom of God here on Earth and one day in Heaven.

Kingdom Life Church has the following Bible-based guiding beliefs:

1. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6)

No one comes to the Father in Heaven other than through Jesus. In John 3:3 Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again”. This is the most important attribute and first step of those living the “Kingdom Life.” It is the Holy Spirit that gives life to your spirit and the eternal promise of life in the Kingdom of God. That happens when one believes that Jesus is the son of God, who lived among us and died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead on the third day, and ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of God and will return one day. In this second coming of Jesus, the Kingdom of God will reign over Heaven and Earth for eternity.

2. We are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)

God did not create us to be mindless robots that serve him without fail. God’s greatest expression of love was to create us with freewill. He made us all uniquely special and with a specific purpose that He established before we were even born, yet everyone is free to pursue their own will and desires over God’s will. However, if one wants to enjoy the love of God eternally in his Kingdom, one must surrender to the will God which starts by receiving his Son as Lord and Savior and then having a heart that strives to seek and do the will of God. God wants everyone to enter His Kingdom, but most people put other idols before God and seek to maximize their reward right now and here in this life without realizing that this is the Satan’s kingdom until Jesus returns. Jesus said in Matthew 7:21, “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.” Every person having reached the age of reason, from Adam and Eve to the last person on Earth in the future, will choose which kingdom they want to belong to. Those that chooses to believe and follow Jesus, while they still have the chance in this life (this test of faith), will seal their right to inherit eternal life in the Kingdom of God.

3. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8)

Miracles didn’t just happen in Bible times. They happen today for the faithful and righteous. Every power and truth that Jesus showed us in the Bible is still relevant, powerful and true today. Knowledge of the scriptures, both Old and New Testament, are vital aspects of understanding Jesus, God’s will in our lives, and how God’s wisdom and the Holy Spirit works in our lives to enable us to fulfill the most purposeful, blessed and empowered lives.

4. The Bible is the living Word of God. It is true, powerful and active (Hebrews 4:12)

The Bible holds the promises of God, truth of the Trinity of God, and while not the only way, the Bible is the primary way in which God speaks to His people and illustrates his perfect will to followers of the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

5. The Holy Spirit transforms lives (Romans 12:1-2 and 2 Corinthians 5:17)

We are a new creation in Christ. Though the flesh is weak, God’s Spirit is strong and can make you an over-comer. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” One can achieve victorious living in all areas of life and the unleashing of blessings and favor of God when led by the Holy Spirit to seek Him. In Matthew 6:33, Jesus says, “Seek first the kingdom of God and righteousness and all these will be given unto you.” In this instance, Jesus was speaking of our needs and wants in this life, not in Heaven. Eternal life and heavenly riches are the most important promises. However, God’s will for our lives until reaching Heaven is to fulfill a great destiny that He has in store for each of us. We need to strive to emulate Jesus in our walk of faith, and to do so in this life is victorious living, and it absolutely takes the Holy Spirit to assist us in that process of sanctification, being more and more like Jesus as we mature spiritually in our relationship to him.

6. Heaven can wait (John 17:15-18)

Fear of one’s life abruptly ending and missing out on eternal life in Heaven with God is one reason some seek salvation in Christ and become born again. Salvation due to fear of death is not our main emphasis at Kingdom Life Church. Our emphasis is on life! We believe you will live a long life and the main reason to give that life of yours to Christ is so you can start living the “Kingdom Life” assured by the Holy Spirit that your life is lived to the fullest, positively impacting other people as a shining beacon of hope and truth in an otherwise dark world. We believe God wants everyone to make it into Heaven, but God has an awesome destiny for you first, and he will take you through great circumstances that never leave you regretting the life you live serving God here and now. Eternity is forever, so Heaven can wait. In John 17:15-18 Jesus prays that God does not take his followers out of this world, but simply protects them from evil while they are in this world. Jesus says that just as he was sent into this world by God the Father, Jesus now sends us into this world, sanctified and with the truth of the Word of God. Right now, you can’t afford to waste another minute not living it God’s way, in agreement with his plan for your life.

7. God blesses the righteous (Psalm 84:12)

Living the “Kingdom Life” means obediently walking with God. The most repeated theme and lesson to be learned in the Bible is simply that those that obey and follow God will be blessed, and those that do not will be cursed. This starts with Adam and Eve straight on through to Revelations. Deuteronomy 28 dedicates the first half of the entire chapter on describing how one is blessed who obeys God and the second half of the chapter on how one is cursed when they do not obey. David wrote about this in Psalms and Jesus spoke of it too. For instance, Jesus said in Luke 11:28, “Even more blessed are all who hear the Word of God and obey it.” How do we attempt to follow God and seek righteousness? It means going in the same direction and path that he wants to take us, divinely given to us by God as we devote time and effort to understanding the Scripture and maturing spiritually in our relationship with God. One reality of this truth is that the Holy Spirit will lead us to ask and desire blessings in areas God wants to bless us with in the first place. These will not necessarily be the same earthly desires we once had before being born again. Rather than always asking God to come bless us, we may ask God to send us to where he is unleashing the blessings. With that comes a faith that leads one to action and the trust and expectation that God will deliver us into victory in those areas of our lives. With the power of God working within us, he enables us to accomplish abundantly above and beyond all that we can ask for or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).

8. God creates. God heals. God resurrects

The biggest part of living the “Kingdom Life” next to salvation, is recognizing the important role that God has for us. God creates life, heals the sick and dying and even resurrects the dead. It is through the power of God that dead or dying areas of our life, which may be financial, relationships, health and dreams can all be brought back to life and thrive. It is by seeking righteousness and a daily walk with God that persuades God to breathe new life into these areas of our lives. James 5:16 says the prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. Those living the Kingdom Life will experience the truth of this passage over and over again to the magnificence and glory of God.

9. God is faithful in answering our prayers (Luke 11:13)

Despite what some may believe, not all prayers carry the same weight with God and God does not answer all prayers. If someone were to truly believe God answers all their prayers, then by default, that person actually becomes as powerful as God, with God serving their every wish and desire, instead of the other way around. God rewards the faithful with answered prayer and as also mentioned above, James 5:16 says the prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. This means God considers, or weighs, one’s prayers with what is in one’s heart and the degree in which the person has been seeking righteousness and to do the will of God. Naturally, if it is in God’s will for your life, God is going to answer that prayer. God also answers the desires of our heart, but that only applies if the desires of our heart are in agreement with God’s Word. A prayer to God to get away with a bank robbery is not going to work on so many obvious levels, but primarily, this clearly violates God’s commandment, “Thou shall not steal.” God is always faithful to his Word so it is powerful and effective to confess God’s Word, his promises, written in the Bible and pray for God to bring such promises to pass in your life.

10. Join the Body of Christ and get a free gift (1 Corinthians 12:12-29)

As a member of the Body of Christ’s church, Jesus is the head and each believer has their own ministry or purpose within the Body. We also receive one or more of the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit that Apostle Paul lists in the passages above and these are an important step for each believer to receive and use within the church to begin living the Kingdom Life, fulfilling your destiny God planned for you. It is not possible to live the “Kingdom Life” outside of a community of believers at the local church. For example, a hand works better with all its fingers and each person is like a finger or some other functioning part that when removed impacts the effectiveness of the hand and the whole body. But it is far worse for the member who leaves or disengages from the church and tries to walk with God as a loner. It just wasn’t meant to work that way in God’s plan for people and it leads to that person’s spiritual death because they have cut themselves off from the Body of Christ. A finger is useless if it is no longer connected to the hand, and without it, the hand is less effective for the whole body, but the body keeps on living and functioning without the finger. However, the finger does not live on. Simply stated, every person has certain God-given gifts, talents or something else to offer the local church and its community of believers, yet it will never be as great as the return blessings a believer receives when being engaged with that community.

11. Keep your fire alive (Leviticus 6:9-13)

In Leviticus 6, God commanded the priests to put new wood on the fire on the altar every morning and to never let the fire go out. This was important because in the Old Testament under the old covenant of God and the Hebrews, the people came to the temple to seek forgiveness, make sacrifices and primarily communicate with God through the priests who were the mediators between God and the people. Sacrifices burned on the fire on the altar was a means of that communication so God always wanted that line of communication open without fail, so he commanded it 3 times in a row, emphasizing its vital importance. Since Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, Jesus is our mediator and we are the priest of our own temple. 1 Corinthians 6:19 tells us our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit whom we receive from God. This means it is up to us to keep the fire burning in our hearts everyday. We do this by praying in order to speak to God and reading his Word so he can speak to us, and by attendance at the church and being a regular active member in a close community of faith-filled believer and followers of Jesus Christ.

12. Be counted as spiritual warriors advancing the Kingdom (Numbers 26:2)

God is calling on us right now to be spiritual warriors and to teach others to be the same. He wants to count us as his spiritual warriors, such as is described in Ephesians 6. We need to put on the full spiritual armor of God and stand against evil in the name of Jesus. We should boldly declare our faith and expect God to move mightily. Just as God called Moses and Joshua to count the nation of Israel’s warriors before God advanced them into the Promised Land (Numbers 26:2), God is counting his warriors for the battles of this day and age, and with the same promise. That is we march well equipped for the battles ahead, but the battle belongs to the Lord and He will deliver us from evil and into the promised land of heaven and the second coming of Jesus.