United Church of God to present May Bible seminars to address a unique claim: the Kingdom of God is humanity’s powerful hope

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What neglected biblical claim dispels fear and sustains powerful confidence in humanity’s future? The United Church of God will present free seminars May 12 in the United States and abroad to promote understanding of the biblical Kingdom of God, which ancient writers said will bring real peace. Citing both Jesus Christ and the original apostles, the New Testament records more than 100 direct references to a “Kingdom of God.” Are those Bible passages talking about a literal divine future government whose rule will touch every human being, or are they just ancient allegory? According to the Bible-based teachings of the United Church of God (which will be covered in these seminars), the Kingdom of God is simply, but profoundly this: the true hope and future of humanity.

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More than 100 Kingdom of God Bible seminars, sponsored by the Beyond Today TV program and the Good News magazine, will take place nationwide in May.

What neglected biblical claim dispels fear and sustains powerful confidence in humanity’s future? The Kingdom of God is simply, but profoundly, this: the true hope and future of humanity.

What neglected biblical claim dispels fear and sustains powerful confidence in humanity’s future? Citing both Jesus Christ and the original apostles, the New Testament records more than 100 direct references to a “Kingdom of God,” which important topic the United Church of God will address in special seminars on May 12. Speakers will address these questions: Are those Bible passages talking about a literal divine future government whose rule will touch every human being, or are they just ancient allegory? According to the Bible-based teachings of the United Church of God, the Kingdom of God is simply, but profoundly this: the true hope and future of humanity.

“Students of the Bible know that Jesus powerfully taught the Kingdom’s importance for His followers, and what He taught has direct implications on all living on the earth today,” said Dennis Luker, president of the United Church of God, an International Association. “We look forward to presenting these seminars, as understanding what the Bible teaches about the Kingdom of God gives us all real hope and confidence, even when we see economic or political turmoil.”

The Church president continued, reviewing the content of the upcoming seminars: “Many people talk about the dangerous times leading up to the return of Jesus, but we find that few really talk about the time of world-encircling peace and prosperity that are prophesied to engulf this planet nearly immediately after the return of Christ.”

To help people understand the vital and personal significance of this Kingdom, the United Church of God is continuing to host special presentations across the United States and other countries. Following presentations made in 2011 and earlier this year, the current seminars will take place on May 12 and are presented free of charge in the public interest. (Dates and places can be confirmed at http://www.kogseminars.org; a short video about the seminars can also be viewed on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5kIT75_TJYM)

“As our speakers will discuss during the seminars, far from being literary allegory or a children’s story, the Kingdom of God was the dynamic and powerful focus of Christ’s own ministry,” Mr. Luker explained. “As recorded in the book of Mark in the New Testament, the Bible declares: `Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel”’ (Mark 1:14-15). We see multiple dozens of references to this gospel – the ‘good news’ – of the Kingdom of God in the teachings of Jesus, yet we rarely hear the present-day relevance of the Kingdom explained.”

The Kingdom of God seminars will cover more fully some of the related topics presented on the Church’s national television program, Beyond Today, and in the Church’s international magazine the Good News. “Understanding what the Kingdom of God means can transform one’s life, so it is exciting for us to bring this critical biblical knowledge to the public in this way,” Mr. Luker said.

“Anyone who is interested in learning more about what Jesus and the Bible teach about the Kingdom of God and how critically relevant that is to daily life is welcome to attend,” said Mr. Luker. “No one will be asked to join a church or religious organization, nor will there be any attempts to collect money or fund-raise – we in the Church simply want to make this critically important information available to all.”

The seminars will discuss how escalating world tensions underscore how humanity has reached a treacherous crossroads of religious and spiritual confusion. As understood and taught by the United Church of God, left unchecked this confusion will bring this world perilously close to the brink of destruction.

As the seminars will cover, what the Bible reveals in many passages about the Kingdom of God is that God is definitely not planning to destroy humanity, but that He is planning to save it through direct intervention by Jesus Christ Himself. Following its understanding of Christ's message, the Church teaches that Christ will lead all of humanity into an unprecedented time of peace and stability.

The special Kingdom of God Bible Seminars will include biblical information on how to form a direct, close, practical and loving relationship with both God the Father and Jesus Christ. This direct relationship will improve an individual’s life and add depth and meaning in an important way.

“The Kingdom of God – the core outcome of the Gospel as taught by Jesus – represents the central story of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation,” said Mr. Luker. “We hope that many will take advantage of this free opportunity to learn more without any obligation and commitment to join anything.”

Numerous locations across the globe will host these free Kingdom of God seminars, and more information about times and locations can be found at http://www.kogseminars.org.

About the United Church of God, an international association Basing its beliefs on the biblical practices of the original 1st Century Church, the United Church of God maintains congregations in more than 40 countries around the world. Following the recorded example of Jesus Christ and the first apostles, the Church observes the seventh day Sabbath and the annual Holy Day seasons as outlined in the Old and New Testaments. The main offices of the Church are located in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Church produces the Beyond Today television program and publishes the Good News magazine. For more information about the Church and its activities, please visit http://www.ucg.org.

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