Pastor Explores the Four Characteristics of the Kingdom of God

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Steve Langford sheds light on the teachings of Jesus in new book.

Although the kingdom of God was the focal point of Jesus’ preaching, many church leaders do not discuss the topic heavily in the pulpits. Pastor Steve Langford takes a deep dive and shares how the kingdom represents the character of God in “A God-Shaped World: Exploring Jesus’ Teachings about the Kingdom of God and the Implications for the Church Today.”

A God-Shaped World is a study of the four central characteristics of the kingdom of God as indicated in the Gospel of Luke. It shows how the attributes of the kingdom differ from our default human way of thinking and it investigates the change of heart and mind that is essential to embodying the nature of the kingdom.

This internal change is the work of God’s Spirit. It transpires as the followers of Jesus live in relationship with God and in intentional Christian community. The internal transformation propels the individual from a fear driven “us versus them” mentality to a more in-depth way of living and relating to God.

“The book is a study resource for individuals and churches who are interested in exploring what shaped Jesus’ understanding of his ministry and what he proclaimed with such passion: the kingdom of God,” Langford said. “It explores the characteristics of the kingdom and how the kingdom is at cross purposes with the world. All in all, the kingdom produces a God-shaped world that stands in marked contrast to the fear-based, us-them world that we know.”

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“A God-Shaped World: Exploring Jesus’ Teachings about the Kingdom of God and the Implications for the Church Today”
By Steve Langford
ISBN: 978-1973602927 (hardcover), 978-1973602934 (softcover)
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and WestBow Press

About the author
Dr. Steve Langford, also known as Pastor Steve, has given his adult life to the study and teaching of scripture in the local church. He is a gifted teacher who does not shrink from prophetically proclaiming the truth of scripture. He is also a lifelong student who earned a bachelor of arts degree in biblical studies from Howard Payne University and master of divinity and doctor of ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Langford and his wife of 47 years have three adult sons and four grandchildren. He is also the author of Why the Bible Is So Hard to Understand.

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