Kingdoms

Convene CEO Summit


In this 40-minute session from the Convene CEO Summit, John Ortberg encourages business leaders to seek God's Kingdom on earth, working to see His influence and dominion increase. John Ortberg is Pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. He has authored numerous books including The Life You've Always Wanted.


Mark 1:14-15 (ESV)

Jesus Begins His Ministry

14Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God,15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Luke 8:1 (ESV)

Women Accompanying Jesus

1Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him,

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Acts 1:3 (ESV)

3He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Acts 28:30-31 (ESV)

30He lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him,31proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Many people view the gospel as the minimum entrance requirement for getting into heaven when you die. After hearing from John and reading the verses above, how would you describe the gospel?
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How should viewing the gospel in terms of God's Kingdom impact the way you live and work?
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"The goal of a Christian is to leave the kingdom of earth and enter the Kingdom of God, the goal of a disciple is to see God's Kingdom come to earth."

How can you leverage the influence you have in your kingdom, to see God's Kingdom come on earth? What skills, abilities, resources has the Lord given you for this purpose?
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John contrasted a Christian who occasionally tries to be like Jesus with a disciple who trains to be like Jesus. How do you train to be like Jesus? How have you seen yourself grow more into His image?
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The best news in the world is that God's Kingdom is here. Where His Kingdom has come to earth, there is peace and fulness of joy. Consider the kingdom—the influence, the resources—that you've been given, and how you might seek to use your kingdom to point to the greater reality of God's Kingdom.


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