The Kingdom of God
When Jesus taught his disciples to pray, he instructed them to say to God, "Thy kingdom come...on earth as in heaven." What exactly is this kingdom that we are told to pray for? For one thing, we know that it was absolutely central to Jesus' life and mission. In Matthew's Gospel alone there are more than 50 references to "the kingdom of God" or "the kingdom of Heaven" - it's everywhere! And if we're going to get what Jesus was all about, we HAVE to understand this very central idea of "the kingdom of God."