And Paul said , I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am , except these bonds. Acts 26:29
In many cases, the modern Church has lost the emphasis of building and extending the Kingdom of God. We want to see our church grow in membership size but are we concerned with discipleship or son-ship of our members? We build great churches, beautiful buildings, and large denominations. We emphasize the building of orphanages, schools, and hospitals. While these things are good and a legitimate part of the ministry of the Church, they are not to be the central focus. Fund raising and construction are not our commission. The products of such can result in the building of personal kingdoms rather than the worldwide extension of the Kingdom of God.
For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's. (Philippians 2:21)
How will this help fulfill the commission to extend God's Kingdom?
We preach and teach on many subjects. . . marriage, family, prophecy, etc. These are good subjects and much needed in our world today. We train great orators to fill our Church pulpits. But each message should be judged by this question:
How does this message communicate the principles of the Kingdom of God?
Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven. (Matthew 6:10)
But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33)
And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. (I Corinthians 2:4-5)
...They returned again...confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the Kingdom of God. (Acts 14:21-22)
But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the Kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. (Acts 8:12)
And he [Paul] went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the Kingdom of God. (Acts 19:8)
... And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the Kingdom of God, shall see my face no more. (Acts 20:25)
Preaching the Kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him. (Acts 28:31)
Are we meeting that challenge?
The Church needs to seek first the Kingdom of God which transcends denominational, cultural, and national boundaries.
If the Church will seek first the Kingdom, then all these others things will be added.