The Gospel of Salvation – We all have roots in the gospel of salvation; Jesus died for our sins and, if we accept his sacrifice and ask his forgiveness, we can be saved. People in desperate straits are indeed forgiven and heaven is their destination. When we translate this gospel in terms of life purpose – Our aim should be to preach this gospel to the ends of the earth such that planting churches and making disciples should be everyone’s highest purpose. I think that’s a fair depiction of “evangelical.” Charismatic believers might add that the receiving of the Holy Spirit and signs and wonders should accompany this evangelistic purpose.
The Gospel of the Kingdom – Jesus did not just die for our sins. He rose from the dead and is enthroned with the Father as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is not just saving people out of the earth and into heaven. His purpose is to fill the earth with His glory and to disciple nations. The gospel of the Kingdom impacts the seven mountains of culture and it makes disciples of nations, not just individuals.
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. Ps 2:6 NIV
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations Matt 28:19 NIV
The gospel of salvation emphasizes preaching, evangelism, discipleship and church planting. It’s very good and worthwhile to see the lost saved. It’s just not everything the Father is doing in the Kingdom. The gospel of the Kingdom is an invitation for people in business, education, the arts, entertainment, media and government to play a role in establishing his Kingdom on earth. Not all of us are preaching evangelists! In fact, the USA is a good example of people who have been worn out on preaching. Evangelists decry the decay and corruption in our nation without realizing that they are not really preaching the gospel of the Kingdom. In fact, this gospel is better lived than preached. If our message is that our only purpose is preaching the gospel and seeing sinners saved, that message actually can take people out of their hearts. Instead of real purpose they can adopt at a heart level, it becomes a rule that we try to obey in opposition to our own hearts.
Reaching nations – Right now doors are being opened for mighty men and women of God to follow the desires God placed in their hearts and to play a Kingdom role in our culture… as Godly business men and women, anointed entertainers, insightful journalists, wise politicians, and educators who can release the hearts of the young instead of saddling them with more rules, standards, and obligations. It’s already happening.
Spiritual maturity is not defined by obedience, preaching and meetings alone. It is also seen in anointed creativity… curing cancer, finding a solution for the national debt, or solving poverty with entrepreneurial opportunity. It’s already happening.
What if journalists used a prophetic anointing to shine a light on fresh, new ideas and the people who gave birth to them? What if that same light was used to expose the hidden works of darkness and evil regimes? What if the media and internet made it impossible to deceive the nations? I would count that as the will of God! It’s already happening.
What if politicians really operated in the wisdom of Solomon leading nations around the world? What if they offered liberty, freedom, and prosperity instead of the foolishness of communism, socialism, and dictatorial regimes? It’s already happening.
What if entertainers and artists touched the theme and the sound currently on the heart of the Holy Spirit in a way that transformed the hearts of people even if they weren’t saved? What if they did receive salvation at those concerts and in those theaters? It’s already happening.
Where it starts – It’s not hard to expand this list and dream of every good thing that could be done in our culture by believers who gave themselves permission to pursue the desires of their hearts. It all begins when you and I believe that God might actually want our dream to come true. Your initiative and creativity and ingenuity probably express the very heart of God. He was the one who created you the way you are for a good reason. It’s not hard to connect the dots between your own heart’s desires and the will of God – if you try. We’ve found coaching and the Heart Plan to be the easiest way to make that connection.
It’s already started – The more people I coach, the more I see an amazing blueprint for the Kingdom of God already mapped into His people. We just have to release a few kings, and this jailbreak will really get off the ground, and “nations” will worship as a result. The Gospel of salvation isn’t going to get us there. We have to become a little more Biblical and “live” the gospel of the Kingdom. People all over the world are very hungry for Jesus and to find their own purpose, and to play a role in building His Kingdom; doing what the Father is doing. We’re here to change the culture and disciple nations, not just win souls and plant churches. We’re wired to operate out of our hearts and see dreams come true even if it takes a few signs and wonders to get there. That’s exactly the anointing we have in this hour. He is the King of kings and he’s inviting us to reign with Him as “kings” in this earth to establish a Kingdom that sets the captives free.
“This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.” Heb 10:16 NIV
He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant- — not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 2 Cor 3:6 NIV
Want to know one more secret? The concept of getting connected with your own heart and playing a role in the Kingdom is very evangelistic! People are hungry for the gospel of the Kingdom.
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Comments on this newsletter
Exactly 2 years after the first Releasing Kings conference in Warsaw, I have been observing the fruit of two opposite paradigms: the Gospel of Salvation itself and the Gospel of the Kingdom.
Starting with the latter one, based on my personal life, I have been amazed to be transformed from a nursery nurse/English teacher, that I didn’t enjoy, into a contender for an entry-level position in one of the biggest consulting companies in the world. My calling is not consolidated in a material way yet, but – the harder it gets on the outside – my faith in it and conviction of it gets stronger…Dorota – the lady that most of you have met and were hosted by, is starting her jewelry accessories business as a Mom of a 9 month-old baby girl, coming back to the market. Dorota tends to say: if it wasn’t for Releasing Kings ministry, I would just think about creating anything by myself..-and it would have ended right there (on the level of thinking).
One of our medical doctor ladies admitted just yesterday: yes, I did get saved 2 years ago, which has been priceless; however no one will develop my professional life’s level apart from myself with God’s help. I want to start planning, set up goals, create my cash flow and improve my practical life so I can be the testimony of the Kingdom to others around me.
We cannot neglect the vision of the Kingdom and we have to be taking its passion to the places of our work-ministry where we’re called. Thank God He continues to release His Kings…
Maria (Life and business coach from Warsaw)
Great newsletter John. I am encouraged by your sharing Maria. I believe this is the pivotal crossroads of the body of Christ today. It is about our pre-destination. The people and the kingdom God destined for us to become. My favorite quote out of this newsletter is below:
“It all begins when you and I believe that God might actually want our dream to come true. See, your initiative and creativity and ingenuity probably express the very heart of God. He was the one that created you the way you are for a good reason. It’s not hard to connect the dots between your own heart’s desires and the will of God – if you try.”
I believe we are living out John 1:12&13 in our lives, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” There are so many today who have received him and believe on his name (and I am not making a statement about their eternal destiny), but they have not become sons of God. They have the power (God given right and authority) to do so but they have not. They have not because they have not been taught that such a level of partnership with God exists. They have not heard the voice that says “Come up here!”
John (businessman from Texas, has three restaurant franchises)
Regarding this sentence, “The gospel of salvation really only speaks to the ministry of preaching.” Salvation is actually Sozo (whole body, mind, spirit, health, prosperity etc) and we really are called to the gospel of Sozo, if you will ….but it is another example where man’s English interpretation put limits on what Jesus really said…..just saying
Wayne (business consultant from FL)