What do Christians mean by ‘The Kingdom of God’? Find some of the parables Jesus told to explain the idea (The Parable of the Sower – Mark 4:26-29 or the Parable of the Mustard Seed – Mark 4:30-34) and re-present them. Explain what they mean.
One thing we do know about Jesus is that he wanted to use his power to bring about something called ‘The Kingdom of God’. What this is is hard to say, Jesus himself only talks about it in parables, that is stories with hidden meanings that try to hint at what it might be. However, what it is not is fairly clear. It is not an earthly kingdom with borders and walls, nor does it have cities and castles. Rather the Kingdom of God appears to have been more of a way of living or a state of mind. A way in which the people who live within it treat each other.