The Kingdom of Heaven Has Come Near

Page 1

Ed Stetzer, Lead Pastor of Grace Church in Hendersonville, TN and President of LifeWay Research, is giving a main session talk at the 2012 SEND Conference where he dissects Matthew 4:17 which says “From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

As you watch this session, take notes and write down thoughts about how this session can impact your ministry.

Ed talked about 4 aspects that show the kingdom has come near:

1. The reign of God
2. The already, but not yet
3. The kingdom is near
4. Repent

What is the Kingdom of God?
Log In to Continue

Ed explained that there are 3 priorities he has as a pastor:

1. Prepare the messages
2. Lead the staff
3. Lead a small group in my neighborhood, because my neighbors need Jesus!

What do you think about these priorities?
Log In to Continue

Ed mentioned several times that we ought to be planting churches and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. How are you doing in these two areas? How is your ministry doing? What needs to change?
Log In to Continue

Spend some time in prayer asking God to give you a "divine appointment." Pray for an opportunity to tell someone who is lost about the good news of Jesus.

Information about the SEND Conference
For information about the upcoming SEND Conference, go to