We seek first God's kingdom and His justice on the earth: The Jesus way.

but seek first His kingdom and his righteousness [justice] and all these things will be given you as well.

Matthew 6:33

We are co-heirs with, surrender to, and follow the historical and risen Jesus. He is truth revealed. He's who we die for. His reign is the kingdom of heaven come and He remains the preeminent of the Church.

Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 14:6

So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

Revelation 3:19–20

All is added from here. Discipleship. Equipping. Community. Service. This kingdom defines who we are together as Jesus' Church. This is a relational realm, a way of being, a faithful presence sustained under the governing and care of King Jesus.

Jesus replied, Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

Matthew 16:17–19

This requires that Jesus' Sermon on the Mount is a way of life, not just pithy principles. There are no secret codes or manipulation here, just a tenacious obedience borne of love.

To love Jesus is to say yes to His invitation to follow Him into all the upsidedownness of His kingdom ways.

To follow Him is to walk in the way of friendship with even our enemies, becoming like Him in incarnation, death, and resurrection.

Let the kingdom come and His will be done. Here.

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing... As the Father has loved me, so have I love you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commands and remain in His love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one that this: to lay down one's life for one's friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know His masters business. Instead, I have friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

John 15:5–15




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