By thrusting in our sickles, we reap a double portion—for ourselves and for the kingdom” (in Conference Report, Apr. We need to get into the position and posture of saying Yes to whatever God is asking. … It does seem to me to be part of the entire covenant of giving of our time, our talents, and our means to the work of the Lord [to leave of our own free choice some of our possessions for building up the kingdom of God].” (See Isaac M. Stewart, “I Have a Question,” Ensign, Aug. 1975, 23–24. The Young Men and the Young Women of the district also contributed by working one day of their vacation to earn money to give to the flood victims. Then the Lord made it possible for them to return to Salt Lake City. We can see from Scripture many references of God’s kingdom as it already exists in heaven. In doing them, you will bless those around you even as God … Individuals and families are strengthened by activity in the Church. Listen to the prophet’s counsel (see D&C 1:38 [Scripture Mastery, D&C 1:37–38]). ), Have the assigned sister list the ways we can develop our talents, as explained in Gospel Principles chapter 34, “Developing Our Talents.”. The Ottleys desired to be obedient, but beyond that they yearned to serve the Lord in building His kingdom here on the earth. Both of them knew that if they remained in Europe, they would have many opportunities for success. Ask them to set some specific goals that will help them succeed. Write Kingdom of God on the board. Kingdom of God, also called Kingdom Of Heaven, in Christianity, the spiritual realm over which God reigns as king, or the fulfillment on Earth of God’s will.The phrase occurs frequently in the New Testament, primarily used by Jesus Christ in the first three Gospels. Encourage them to share their experiences during a future class. Help students understand that in serving the Lord it is not where we serve but how. She offered her home in the city as a place for the elders to teach a class of investigators. That’s great, because together, all of us make up the kingdom. He wants us to use these gifts to further the work of the Church. John A. Widtsoe [1954], 214). The key decisions pertaining to education, career, marriage, and the very use of our time, talent, and means should prayerfully hinge on how best we serve the Master, building His kingdom and becoming perfected in Him. By using our time, talents, and possessions freely and willingly, we can help spread the gospel and build the kingdom. Together we shall stay the course and keep the faith, the Almighty being our strength” (in Conference Report, Sept.–Oct. Hence all of Christian existence has to do with understanding this call and with organizing our response to this call. He who will work to build the kingdom of God must be on guard against arrows that are directed at his face—but perhaps even more on guard for the arrows directed at his back. Assign class members to present any stories, scriptures, or quotations you wish. … Let us consider this, and no longer sit with hands folded, wasting time, for it is the duty of every man and of every woman to do all that is possible to promote the Kingdom of God on the earth” (Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. “But … we must be able to live these laws to the full if we are called upon to do so” (in Conference Report, Apr. Their answer came during a sacrament meeting at the close of a fasting period. Sometimes we must make personal sacrifices to do this. The Lord has provided many opportunities for us to use our time, develop our talents, and use our possessions to serve others. Explain that in a talk to youth and young single adults, President Gordon B. Hinckley gave six ways to help us strengthen ourselves against the challenges we face (see “A Prophet’s Counsel and Prayer for Youth,” Ensign, Jan. 2001, 4). Make a plan and do it. Several years ago a group of Saints on the island of Tasmania learned that Joseph Fielding Smith, then President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and later President of the Church, was touring the South Australian Mission. Zion is the pure in heart; we gain purity of heart by baptism and by obedience. Elder Thomas S. Monson told the following story about service and sacrifice: “Jose Garcia [was] from Old Mexico. Since God is the Creator of everything, He reigns over all things. In this sense, the kingdom of God is spiritual—Jesus said His kingdom was not of this world (John 18:36), and He preached that repentance is necessary to be a part of the kingdom of God (Matthew 4:17). Matthew 3:1-2 In those days John the Baptist came, … Some sold land and others sold furniture and other personal possessions to raise the needed funds. Zion is here in South America and the Saints who comprise this part of Zion are and should be a leavening influence for good in all these nations. Sister Ottley became a member of the Tabernacle Choir, and Brother Ottley joined the Music Department at the University of Utah. Ask students to identify three ways they can build the Lord’s kingdom where they live and to list them in the “Notes and Impressions” section of their student manual. After Jesus Christ returns, the survivors of all the nations will be gathered, and He … to begin the process.. We’re just called to advance the good Kingdom that is already established. God wants us to build His kingdom for His glory. Scattered Israel in every nation is called to gather to the fold of Christ, to the stakes of Zion, as such are established in their nations. …. Every stake on earth is the gathering place for the lost sheep of Israel who live in its area. We help build the kingdom of God by living righteously. He who will work to build the kingdom of God must be on guard against arrows that are directed at his face—but perhaps even more on guard for the arrows directed at his back. “And know this: God will bless that nation which so orders its affairs as to further his work” (“Come: Let Israel Build Zion,” Ensign, May 1977, 118). Tonight before you go to bed, decide on something you can do to build the kingdom. He will help you discover what you can do to build the kingdom as you open your ears to hear the word of God and open your heart to understand and feel the desire to help. But, we can change that. Now, this book, as we well know – and I’ll take a minute or two to review. They had to make many decisions regarding their use. It is supremely costly and extraordinarily dangerous. In the middle of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus explains the value of having "treasures in heaven," i.e. Have students read the statement from Elder Derek A. Cuthbert on pages 54–55 in the student manual. At times this responsibility may require us to make great sacrifices. The purpose of this lesson is to teach us ways to use our time, talents, and possessions to help build the kingdom of God. Learn to manage your time wisely so you may better serve the Lord. Spirit Led Decision-Making (Romans 14:17) The Bible says that the Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. “The law of sacrifice is that we are willing to sacrifice all that we have for the truth’s sake— … our houses, lands, and families: all things, even our very lives if need be. “A Prophet’s Counsel and Prayer for Youth,”. Sister Villafranca of Mexico, who lived far from a ward or branch, found a way to help build up the kingdom in her area. We should willingly serve wherever … There followed more months of study, preparation, and testing. What is the best thing you have to devote to the Kingdom of God? Every adult member should be a full-tithe payer and contribute a generous fast offering” (“Strengthen Thy Stakes,” Ensign, Jan. 1991, 5). This video is a whiteboard explanation of the Kingdom of GOD. When they were in Europe studying, the Ottleys realized that they had an especially important and difficult decision to make. We are to do all that we do to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31) and to do everything we do “in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Colossians 3:17). Perhaps we can feed or clothe someone in need, or give shelter to a homeless person. Building God’s Kingdom 6/30/07 Last week- talked about being … Kingdom minded people and having a Kingdom heart, for the purpose of building God’s Kingdom. These are precious gifts from our Heavenly Father. Build it up where he has given you citizenship, family, and friends. We’d love to learn more about you and your book idea. As Church members, we should do what we can to bring to pass much righteousness. And yet sadly, many Christians struggle to understand what the Kingdom of God is really all about and the impact it … God Reigns over All Things. This is the second in a four part series on The Kingdom of God. They had spent their entire lifetimes studying and developing these gifts. We may witness to it, testify to it, plant signs of it or work or build for (the word for introduces a big difference, as Tom Wright points out) it, etc. The father of this family expressed his family’s willingness to “go the extra mile” in these words: “I have realized that everything we have is of the Lord. website, become involved in ministry, etc., you are building the Kingdom of God. Nehemiah’s work provoked hostile reactions from some of the pagans. We aren’t called to build kingdoms. (See “Germans Aid Idahoans,” Church News, 14 Aug. 1976, 10. If we were truly honest, we more often pray for God’s kingdom to come into our own lives instead of someone else’s. The gathering place for Chileans is in Chile; for Bolivians it is in Bolivia; for Koreans it is in Korea; and so it goes through all the length and breadth of the earth. These humble, faithful people, numbering 185, wanted President Smith to dedicate their chapel. ), One family has made provisions in their wills for some of their property and possessions to be given to the Church after they die. How did the Ottleys learn what the Lord wanted them to do with their talents? A stake has geographical boundaries. We reviewed ten simple ways to build God's kingdom. The Lord calls us to give to others. They knew that their chapel must be free of debt to be dedicated to the Lord, and in two days they raised a rather large sum of money (over $10,000) to clear the building of debt. The kingdom is a huge theme in the Bible, and yet it can be difficult to define. Invite students to suggest some attitudes and actions of individual Church members that help strengthen the Church. To live our lives within the context of the eternal purposes of God and understand that we are called to be Kingdom Builders. Start a Conversation with a Stranger. There may be times when we will be asked to give more, and to make greater sacrifices to further the Lord’s work. God wants us to build His kingdom for His glory. 1975, 74–75; or Ensign, May 1975, 50). But Jesus promises us that when we sacrifice “for [his] sake, and the gospel’s, … [we] shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, … and in the world to come eternal life” (Mark 10:29–30). Nehemiah’s work provoked hostile reactions from some of the pagans. What can we do to be active in the Church and live up to our commitments to the Lord? Each member of the Church has something to offer in building the kingdom of God. All of us are needed to lead, teach, support, and participate. There are many ways you can help further the Gospel of Jesus and advance the Kingdom of God. Have them write in the “Notes and Impressions” section of their student manuals what they plan to do to improve in each selected area. “The gathering place for Peruvians is in the stakes of Zion in Peru, or in the places which soon will become stakes. Each of us has also been given talents and abilities that we may use in building up the kingdom of God. List responses on the board. God’s Kingdom. We need to knock that habit out of ourselves to participate in God's kingdom. You may want to fast and pray to know how to use your time, talents, and possessions to build up the kingdom. These might include: Pray and study the scriptures daily (see Joshua 1:8 [Scripture Mastery]). (See “The Apples in a Seed,” in Turning Points [1981], 23–29.). We do not save anyone. Everybody has influence. The Lord gave Sister Ottley and her husband, Jerold Ottley, special talents for music. President Brigham Young said: “Now, sisters, … you should consider your time golden, it is actually wealth. Ask them to identify the blessings of service. There appeared the statement: ‘Brother Garcia will serve at great sacrifice to his family, for he is the means of much of the family support. In this connection, let us ponder these truths: A stake of Zion is a part of Zion. We recommend that you follow Christ’s own instructions and “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).The first step toward being in that Kingdom is learning about repentance.We invite you to download our free booklet Change Your Life! Individuals and families are strengthened by activity in the Church. In return he has promised us eternal life in his Father’s kingdom. …. The Lord had indeed been preparing them for service. Share the following invitation from President Gordon B. Hinckley: “I invite every one of you, wherever you may be as members of this church, to stand on your feet and with a song in your heart move forward, living the gospel, loving the Lord, and building the kingdom. There may be times when we will be asked to give more, and to make greater sacrifices to further the Lord’s work. Here are some examples: Remember that you are a witness. Nehemiah’s work provoked hostile reactions from some of the pagans. Then have a student read to the class the introduction to chapter 8 in the student manual (p. 52). Looking at these two aspects of the kingdom, we see that Jesus said, the kingdom is coming by God’s will in earth as it is in heaven. In order to aid the victims, the members of the German district held a special fast day in addition to the regular fast Sunday. Sister JoAnn Ottley related an experience in learning to build the kingdom of God. ), “We have covenanted in the waters of baptism to love and serve him [the Lord], to keep his commandments, and to put first in our lives the things of his kingdom. This video is a whiteboard explanation of the Kingdom of GOD. “… Few of us are called upon to sacrifice much of what we possess. …. List the six ways on the board and ask students to share examples or insights on the prophet’s counsel to: Have a student read to the class President Thomas S. Monson’s story on page 53 of the student manual. How can I seek first the kingdom of God? The kingdom of God is, in essence, God’s redemptive reign. How can we learn what the Lord wants us to do with our talents? All of these are things you can find seconds to minutes to do today. To help answer the preceding question, share the following statement from the First Presidency, from a letter dated December 1, 1999, in which they reaffirmed the long-standing counsel of priesthood leaders on the importance of members building the Church in their own countries: “As members throughout the world remain in their homelands, working to build the Church in their native countries, great blessings will come to them personally and to the Church collectively. We should willingly serve wherever we are. It is supremely costly and extraordinarily dangerous. The greatest joy we can reap on this earth is to use them in building up the kingdom of God. When we pay our tithes and offerings, we are helping to build the kingdom. Elder Dale E. Miller explained: “Brothers and sisters, thrusting in our sickles to help build the Lord’s kingdom should be the prime focus of our lives. In the Kingdom parables of the Bible (ones that often begin, “The kingdom of heaven is like …”), Jesus explained what the Kingdom will be like and what we must do to enter the Kingdom. Take your Bible if you will and let’s look at the 6th chapter of Zechariah. Now, this book, as we well know – and I’ll take a minute or two to review. Born in poverty but nurtured in faith, Jose prepared for a mission call. Assign a class member to list ways to develop talents as explained in Gospel Principles chapter 34. “President Kimball listened attentively as this statement was read to him, and then he responded: ‘Have him sell his stamp collection. We aren’t called to build kingdoms. They taught and baptized several investigators, and six years later the branch of the Church there was made up of almost two hundred members. And the best part – together we build up the kingdom of God. Elder Bruce R. McConkie told us how we can build up the kingdom: “It is our privilege to raise the warning voice to our neighbors and to go on missions and offer the truths of salvation to our Father’s other children everywhere. As Christians, we are not to retreat from the world but rather are sent into it … When we pay our tithes and offerings, we are helping to build the kingdom. We’re just called to advance the good Kingdom that is already established. Invite a student to recite or read Mosiah 2:17 (Scripture Mastery). What are some ways we may be called upon to use our time, talents, and possessions to help build up the kingdom? Stakes and wards throughout the world will be strengthened, making it possible to share the blessings of the gospel with an even greater number of our Heavenly Father’s children. Colossians 1:12-13 It is supremely costly and extraordinarily dangerous. You can soil your record, defile your soul, trample underfoot virtue, honor, and goodness, and thus forfeit an exaltation in the kingdom of God. As lay people we are invited to follow the example of Christ, to accept our … Isaiah 11:11-16. It seems reasonable to suggest that we each agreed to that in our premortal life. In the middle of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus explains the value of having "treasures in heaven," i.e. Have the sisters think about this question: What has the Lord given me that I can use in this great work of building up the kingdom? Ask students: What are some ways we can strengthen ourselves as members of the kingdom of God? In the Kingdom parables of the Bible (ones that often begin, “The kingdom of heaven is like …”), Jesus explained what the Kingdom will be like and what we must do to enter the Kingdom. “As we invest our time, talents, and means to build Zion, our hearts are purified, our wisdom increases, celestial habits begin to form, and the Holy Spirit prepares us to receive the presence of the Father and the Son. But it’s God’s kingdom, and consequently God is the one who is “building” it. Ask students to identify specific areas in their life that they could change in order to live more righteously. Or you can be righteous, commanding the respect and admiration of your associates in all walks of life, and enjoying the love of the Lord. We can’t extend God’s reign, but we can help people understand what it’s like to live under His reign. 1998, 37; or Ensign, May 1998, 29–30). Brother and Sister Ottley repeatedly fasted and prayed to know the will of the Lord. It is our task to build the city of God. Yet it can be easy to overlook this prominent theme in the life of Jesus, and tempting to assume rather than investigate the importance of the kingdom for Jesus. Take your Bible if you will and let’s look at the 6th chapter of Zechariah. We have been given the responsibility to help build the kingdom of God. The man answered that he had observed these commandments all of his life. We can invite them into the joy of God’s Kingdom … I was present the day his [mission] recommendation was received. 1995, 96; or Ensign, Nov. 1995, 72). What does it mean to be a “leavening influence”? They wanted above all, however, to do what the Lord wanted them to do. The Kingdom of God was the main message of Jesus Christ. Luke 12:47–48 (of him unto whom much is given, much is required), Alma 34:32 (today is the time to prepare to meet God), Doctrine and Covenants 65 (prepare the way of the Lord), Doctrine and Covenants 82:18–19 (work for the benefits of all), Read Gospel Principles chapter 34, “Developing Our Talents.”. (See Jessie Evans Smith, “Now We Can Give the Building to the Lord,” Instructor, June 1962, 184–85. Read the following statement from Elder Bruce R. McConkie, who was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “Stakes of Zion are … being organized at the ends of the earth. Have a class member tell how she manages her time in order to accomplish her Church work and serve in other ways. President Brigham Young gave this counsel: “If you give anything for the building up of the Kingdom of God, give the best you have. The Kingdom of God is not an actual location. Perhaps we can feed or clothe someone in need, or give shelter to a homeless person. Ask: In our day, where should the members of the Church gather? Let's face it. God has called us in Jesus Christ to help to build the kingdom. Looking at these two aspects of the kingdom, we see that Jesus said, the kingdom is coming by God’s will in earth as it is in heaven. Ask: How do “hot coals” relate to activity in the Church? Ask: Why is it important to build the kingdom of God in our own country? Each of us is given an equal number of hours in every day. You cannot create a stake of Zion without creating a part of Zion. What does it mean to put the “things of the kingdom” first in our lives? We can change our praying habits and seek the kingdom for others first. … Let us devote every qualification we are in possession of to the building up of God’s kingdom, and you will accomplish the whole of it” (Discourses of Brigham Young, 445). God’s Kingdom. In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul compares the body of Christ to a human body: Each of us is unique, but together we make the body complete. To receive this blessing, we must make decisions daily about how we will use our time, talents, and possessions. Sheryl Giesbrecht Turner, television and radio personality, international speaker, author of four books, including “It’ll Be Okay: Finding God When Doubt Hides the Truth” (Redemption Press, 2018) www.fromashestobeauty.com. This tells us that God has a plan to establish His kingdom on this earth as it already is in heaven. What does it mean that the Ottleys’ desire to be used by the Lord went beyond just being obedient? The Gospel and the Productive Life Teacher Manual Religion 150, The Plan of Salvation for Heavenly Father’s Children, Faith in Jesus Christ Gives Us Power to Provide for Ourselves and Others, Recognizing and Developing Talents and Abilities, Each of Us Can Help Build the Kingdom of God on Earth, Becoming Self-Reliant in the Lord’s Way, Selecting and Becoming an Eternal Companion, “These Things Shall Give Thee Experience”, “Each of Us Can Help Build the Kingdom of God on Earth,” The Gospel and the Productive Life Teacher Manual Religion 150 (2004), 34–38, “Each of Us Can Help Build the Kingdom of God on Earth,” The Gospel and the Productive Life Teacher Manual, 34–38. God made us all different. We can see from Scripture many references of God’s kingdom as it already exists in heaven. We help build the kingdom of God by living righteously. His role … As lay people we are invited to follow the example of Christ, to accept our call and our cross and follow him to eternal glory. But, we can change that. We also demonstrate our willingness to be obedient, and we can bring joy to ourselves and others. Jesus then told him to sell his possessions, give to the poor, and follow Him. and when one becomes saved, it is God who saved them. This tells us that God has a plan to establish His kingdom on this earth as it already is in heaven. In the early days of the Church, the Lord asked the Saints to gather to the center places of the Church, such as Kirtland, Ohio; Jackson County, Missouri; Nauvoo, Illinois; and Utah. A Kingdom builder gathers with God’s people and joins up with a small group for encouragement and accountability. We are surrounded by strangers all day long. We can change our praying habits and seek the kingdom for others first. To create a stake is like founding a City of Holiness. Funds from these are to be used for sustaining missionary work, building meetinghouses and temples, and contributing to other righteous expenditures to build the kingdom. Our Heavenly Father has blessed each of us with time, talents, and possessions. ), Members of the Hanover District of the Germany Hamburg Mission decided to “go the extra mile” in building the kingdom when a town in the state of Idaho in the United States was flooded. Sometimes even those who’ve followed Jesus for a long time find the kingdom message a difficult one to grasp. First of all, 1. It is the talents God has given you. The best places to do this are in our own homes, in our own wards, and in our own stakes. But … Repent of sins (see D&C 58:42–43 [Scripture Mastery]). That’s great, because together, all of us make up the kingdom. Most of these references occur in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.While the exact term is not found in the Old Testament, the existence of God’s Kingdom is expressed similarly in the Old Testament. Spirit Led Decision-Making (Romans 14:17) The Bible says that the Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. … We can labor on welfare projects, engage in genealogical research, perform … ordinances in the temples. Imagine the breakthrough we’d see in our prayer lives! Being actively engaged in the work of the kingdom, at any level, will bless our lives and provide growth in countless circumstances. We all have possessions that we can use to build the kingdom of God. God has called us in Jesus Christ to help to build the kingdom. You will witness to others in your words and deeds. Invite students to share experiences about Church members they know who are a leavening influence in their branch, ward, stake, or community and how they make a difference and bless others. Share and discuss the following list given by President Ezra Taft Benson (you may want to make an overhead or handout of it): We must be a ‘light’ of the gospel of Jesus Christ to others. …, We must seek for opportunities to share the gospel message with others. …, We should do all we can to help prepare our sons and grandsons to serve missions. …, Our homes should be places of refuge, love, and harmony. …, We should seek for the blessings and ordinances of the temple. …, We have an obligation to do temple work for our kindred dead. …, As families we should strive to be self-reliant. …, Priesthood holders need to provide watchcare over quorum members and their families through organized home teaching. …, We should participate in the programs and activities of the Church—keep the Sabbath as a holy day, attend our meetings, accept callings extended to us, and magnify those callings. …. 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