What conclusions can McKnight make as a result of his analysis? What is the kingdom actually like? Does the Church have a radical mission? Can we agree on what it is?
McKnight, Scot. Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church. Grand Rapids: Baker Publishing Brazos Press, 2014. Kindle Electronic Edition.
Chapter 12, “Kingdom Theses.” pp. 205-208
In this last chapter prior to his appendices, McKnight restates some conclusions from his earlier work, in the form of a list.
- Kingdom fits the idea of nation better than salvation (McKnight 2014, 205).
- Kingdom is regularly a complex of people, as is church (McKnight 2014).
- Kingdom refers to present and future, as does church (McKnight 2014).
- We should not compare future kingdom and present church, expecting them to be the same (McKnight 2014).
- The church goes astray when it tries to be aligned with the state (Constantinian Temptation) (McKnight 2014, 206).
- Much activism today is based on a social gospel or liberation theology (McKnight 2014).
- Christ’s work is to build his own kingdom (McKnight 2014, 207).
- The kingdom is defined by the king’s character (McKnight 2014).
- Citizens of the kingdom are only those redeemed by Jesus (McKnight 2014).
- Kingdom / church needs a biblical view of “world” (McKnight 2014).
- Kingdom citizens look forward eagerly to the end (McKnight 2014).
- Kingdom citizens are a moral fellowship (McKnight 2014, 208).
- Defining kingdom and church together adds focus (McKnight 2014).
- Kingdom and local church mission are the same (McKnight 2014).
- Kingdom work is done only through the local church (McKnight 2014).