What is the kingdom of God? Where is it? How should the church celebrate the coming of the kingdom? In this popularl level study Ben Witherington addresses these and various other questions about the ever-elusive kingdom of God. Clearly defining the kingdom in terms of God’s dominion, Witherington discusses both its present (“already”) and future (“not yet”) dimensions, and he brings out at length the implications of kingdom thinking for theology, ethics, and worship. Filled with practical wisdom on the kingdom of God and how to celebrate it faithfully, Imminent Domain consists of six short chapters, each of which ends with several questions for reflection and discussion, making the book ideal for church classes and study groups.
“God’s design was to begin the renewal of the world by re-creating human beings in the divine image, by saving and transforming human lives one after another.” (Page 11)
“While such a reaction is understandable, it fails to come to grips with the fact that most of the major problems human beings face in life originate in the human heart. Whether we think of war, murder, adultery, drug addiction, theft, idolatry, or racist or sexist acts, all these horrors ultimately originate in the human heart. Jesus understood this and at one point condemned the lusts of the heart (Matt. 5:27–28). God’s saving Dominion comes to deal with the primary source of human social maladies, not simply to deal with the social effects or communal expressions of such maladies, though responding to the latter is also important.” (Page 14)
“God’s Dominion is a larger concept than either the church or Israel.” (Page 5)
“Church folk are apt to mistake the Dominion for the church.” (Page 3)
“‘Just Say No.’ The assumption was that better informed young people and sufficient exhortation should give them the gumption to reject turning to drugs. The problem with this assumption is that information without inner transformation will not and cannot finally solve the problem. The human heart must be changed if people are really to be different.” (Page 15)
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