I’m going to share six this week and six next week. 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. Perhaps we can feed or clothe someone in need, or give shelter to a homeless person. 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. What does it mean to be a “leavening influence”? 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. …. If we were truly honest, we more often pray for God’s kingdom to come into our own lives instead of someone else’s. You can be a Kingdom Builder by giving sacrificially. Isaiah 11:11-16. What personal possessions might we use to build the kingdom? How can I seek first the kingdom of God? Where exactly do we get the idea that we should be building God’s kingdom? We can change our praying habits and seek the kingdom for others first. Hence all of Christian existence has to do with understanding this call and with organizing our response to this call. We’re just called to advance the good Kingdom that is already established. We can change our praying habits and seek the kingdom for others first. We all have possessions that we can use to build the kingdom of God. Together we shall stay the course and keep the faith, the Almighty being our strength” (in Conference Report, Sept.–Oct. 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. John A. Widtsoe [1954], 214). In order to aid the victims, the members of the German district held a special fast day in addition to the regular fast Sunday. 1975, 74–75; or Ensign, May 1975, 50). Have them write in the “Notes and Impressions” section of their student manuals what they plan to do to improve in each selected area. It’s easy to think of the Kingdom of God as a physical … When we pay our tithes and offerings, we are helping to build the kingdom. ), Have the assigned sister list the ways we can develop our talents, as explained in Gospel Principles chapter 34, “Developing Our Talents.”. Nehemiah’s work provoked hostile reactions from some of the pagans. These might include: Pray and study the scriptures daily (see Joshua 1:8 [Scripture Mastery]). Invite students to suggest some attitudes and actions of individual Church members that help strengthen the Church. I hope you will start integrating a few of them into each day in the coming weeks. God Reigns over All Things. Invite students to share examples from their own experiences. What does it mean to put the “things of the kingdom” first in our lives? 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. 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. We reviewed ten simple ways to build God's kingdom. 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. There are many ways you can help further the Gospel of Jesus and advance the Kingdom of God. 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). ), “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. Sister JoAnn Ottley related an experience in learning to build the kingdom of God. 1998, 37; or Ensign, May 1998, 29–30). God wants us to build His kingdom for His glory. Help students understand that in serving the Lord it is not where we serve but how. Although most of us are not asked to give all our possessions for the Lord’s work, we should be willing to do so if called upon. “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. There may be times when we will be asked to give more, and to make greater sacrifices to further the Lord’s work. Our Heavenly Father has blessed each of us with time, talents, and possessions. I was present the day his [mission] recommendation was received. To receive this blessing, we must make decisions daily about how we will use our time, talents, and possessions. “The gathering place for Peruvians is in the stakes of Zion in Peru, or in the places which soon will become stakes. 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. It is our task to build the city of God. Each member of the Church has something to offer in building the kingdom of God. God made us all different. 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. It is supremely costly and extraordinarily dangerous. In doing them, you will bless those around you even as God … Matthew 3:1-2 In those days John the Baptist came, … All of us are needed to lead, teach, support, and participate. Some sold land and others sold furniture and other personal possessions to raise the needed funds. Brother and Sister Ottley repeatedly fasted and prayed to know the will of the Lord. Sister Ottley became a member of the Tabernacle Choir, and Brother Ottley joined the Music Department at the University of Utah. In what ways can the Church be a leavening influence in a country? Suggest that students select and work to improve in three areas from President Benson’s list during the next few weeks. After Jesus Christ returns, the survivors of all the nations will be gathered, and He … It is our task to build the city of God. How would you explain the kingdom of God to a 15-year-old? We aren’t called to build kingdoms. Ask students: What are some ways we can strengthen ourselves as members of the kingdom of God? A Kingdom builder gathers with God’s people and joins up with a small group for encouragement and accountability. We can respond to calls to serve … in any of hundreds of positions of responsibility. 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. They wanted above all, however, to do what the Lord wanted them to do. The Lord calls us to give to others. This is the second in a four part series on The Kingdom of God. 1975, 76; or Ensign, May 1975, 51). Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring. Display visual 10-a, “Jesus telling the rich young ruler what to do to inherit eternal life.”, 10-a, Jesus telling the rich young ruler what to do to inherit eternal life, The New Testament contains a story of a man who asked Jesus what he should do to inherit eternal life. Sister Villafranca of Mexico, who lived far from a ward or branch, found a way to help build up the kingdom in her area. Ask students to identify specific areas in their life that they could change in order to live more righteously. … 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. Then the Lord made it possible for them to return to Salt Lake City. Listen to the prophet’s counsel (see D&C 1:38 [Scripture Mastery, D&C 1:37–38]). What are some ways we may be called upon to use our time, talents, and possessions to help build up the kingdom? They had to make many decisions regarding their use. 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). The Ottleys desired to be obedient, but beyond that they yearned to serve the Lord in building His kingdom here on the earth. What does it mean that the Ottleys’ desire to be used by the Lord went beyond just being obedient? The Latter-day Saint Woman: Basic Manual for Women, Part B, Lesson 1: Jesus Christ, Our Sure Foundation, Lesson 14: Withstanding the Evils of the World, Lesson 17: What Our Home Teachers Can Do for Us, Lesson 20: Our Temple and Family History Responsibilities, Lesson 23: First Aid, Part 1: Preventing and Preparing for Injuries, Lesson 24: First Aid, Part 2: Treating Injuries, Lesson 30: Learning to Delegate Responsibility, Lesson 32: Setting Personal and Family Goals, “Lesson 10: Building the Kingdom of God,” The Latter-day Saint Woman: Basic Manual for Women, Part B (2000), 73–79, “Lesson 10: Building the Kingdom of God,” The Latter-day Saint Woman: Basic Manual for Women, Part B, 73–79. 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.”. In this connection, let us ponder these truths: A stake of Zion is a part of Zion. It seems reasonable to suggest that we each agreed to that in our premortal life. The man answered that he had observed these commandments all of his life. 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. The man was sad when he heard this counsel, and he went away grieving, “for he had great possessions.” (See Mark 10:17–22.). Individuals and families are strengthened by activity in the Church. The phrase ‘Kingdom of God’ (also ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ or ‘Kingdom of Light’) appears more than 80 times in the New Testament. Their answer came during a sacrament meeting at the close of a fasting period. 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. …. When a person becomes saved, what you have done is plundered the kingdom of Let me clarify one major thing. Such sacrifice will be to him a blessing’” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1978, 83; or Ensign, Nov. 1978, 56). When we pay our tithes and offerings, we are helping to build the kingdom. Nehemiah’s work provoked hostile reactions from some of the pagans. Pay a full and honest tithing (see Malachi 3:8–10 [Scripture Mastery]). Blessings come as we serve in the kingdom of God. Sometimes we must make personal sacrifices to do this. They demonstrated a willingness to sacrifice their possessions for the building up of the kingdom. 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. A Kingdom builder gathers with God’s people and joins up with a small group for encouragement and accountability. We’d love to learn more about you and your book idea. … 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. He wants us to use these gifts to further the work of the Church. Zion is the pure in heart; we gain purity of heart by baptism and by obedience. We should willingly serve wherever … We can see from Scripture many references of God’s kingdom as it already exists in heaven. In what ways can we use our time more wisely to build up the kingdom of God? We help build the kingdom of God by living righteously. ), One family has made provisions in their wills for some of their property and possessions to be given to the Church after they die. This tells us that God has a plan to establish His kingdom on this earth as it already is in heaven. 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. All of these are things you can find seconds to minutes to do today. But, we can change that. We can’t extend God’s reign, but we can help people understand what it’s like to live under His reign. You can soil your record, defile your soul, trample underfoot virtue, honor, and goodness, and thus forfeit an exaltation in the kingdom of God. We can invite them into the joy of God’s Kingdom … We can’t extend God’s reign, but we can help people understand what it’s like to live under His reign. Every stake on earth is the gathering place for the lost sheep of Israel who live in its area. It is supremely costly and extraordinarily dangerous. Perhaps we can feed or clothe someone in need, or give shelter to a homeless person. Have students tell what they think the kingdom of God is. There are at least a dozen principles we learn from Scripture about how to use our influence as a Kingdom builder. President Brigham Young gave this counsel: “If you give anything for the building up of the Kingdom of God, give the best you have. God’s Kingdom. At times this responsibility may require us to make great sacrifices. We have been given the responsibility to help build the kingdom of God. Ask: Why does each member play an important part in the growth of the Church? Ask them to set some specific goals that will help them succeed. 2000, 79). Tonight before you go to bed, decide on something you can do to build the kingdom. What is the best thing you have to devote to the Kingdom of God? As Christians, we are not to retreat from the world but rather are sent into it … 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. … We can labor on welfare projects, engage in genealogical research, perform … ordinances in the temples. and when one becomes saved, it is God who saved them. God wants us to build His kingdom for His glory. Have students read the statement from Elder Derek A. Cuthbert on pages 54–55 in the student manual. Assign class members to present any stories, scriptures, or quotations you wish. … 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). Spirit Led Decision-Making (Romans 14:17) The Bible says that the Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. God has called us in Jesus Christ to help to build the kingdom. Jesus then told him to sell his possessions, give to the poor, and follow Him. Encourage them to share their experiences during a future class. to begin the process.. That’s great, because together, all of us make up the kingdom. Repent of sins (see D&C 58:42–43 [Scripture Mastery]). Preach repentance, not “feel-good” Christianity. God’s commands apply to all of life, not just some of life. Each of us is given an equal number of hours in every day. 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