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Heaven on Earth: Experiencing the Kingdom of God in the Here and Now
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Heaven on Earth: Experiencing the Kingdom of God in the Here and Now

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by R. Alan Streett
 

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The future hope of heaven is pulled into the here-and-now in this illuminating description of the kingdom of God.

Popular teacher and author R. Alan Streett exposes half-truths about the kingdom that many believers have unwittingly accepted. He contrasts these with the testimony of Scripture:

  • Jesus inaugurated the kingdom of God on the earth—it

Overview

The future hope of heaven is pulled into the here-and-now in this illuminating description of the kingdom of God.

Popular teacher and author R. Alan Streett exposes half-truths about the kingdom that many believers have unwittingly accepted. He contrasts these with the testimony of Scripture:

  • Jesus inaugurated the kingdom of God on the earth—it has already begun. As ambassadors of the kingdom, we are to fulfill our responsibilities and enjoy its benefits here and now.
  • Salvation does not culminate with the soul escaping the body and living forever in heaven. Our bodies will eventually be transformed, and we will live with God on a restored earth.
  • The church is like an embassy of heaven in a foreign country. In their life together, believers demonstrate kingdom realities to the world.

Readers will find hope and direction in this fresh presentation of the historic teaching on the kingdom.

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“When Dr. Alan Streett writes a book, it has a long life because of the way he reveals biblical truth in such a practical and applicable manner. In a day when world events lead believers to focus so much on Christ's second coming that they forget to appropriate all the first coming provides, Heaven on Earth is a welcome addition. Streett reminds us that we do not have to wait for our Lord's millennial reign to be blessed. Christ is ruling already from the Father’s right hand. This reminder should move every believer to get this book...read it and reap!”
O.S. Hawkins, president and CEO, GuideStone Financial Resources

“Good biblical scholarship always needs clear-headed and careful writers who can help the church grasp the core essentials of the gospel of the kingdom. Alan Streett has written a rare book, combining good scholarship with a compelling and clear style that allows him to speak powerfully to a wide audience. There is gold in this hill—search and find. I am quite sure your efforts will be rewarded.”
John H. Armstrong, president, ACT 3 Network

“Alan Streett has written a very readable theology of the kingdom of God for everyman (to borrow from N.T. Wright's series). But it is more than a theology, for it is the grand narrative of God's relationship to the world and humanity told in a fascinating manner without any mincing of words when it comes to bringing out its practical implications. It is at a length and in a style that all can read (with notes for scholars), so I can only hope that as many as can get their hands on it will indeed ‘take up and read.’ At the end of the work one wants to stand and sing the ‘Hallelujah Chorus.’”
Peter Davids, visiting professor of Christianity, Houston Baptist University

“Since Jesus spoke so often of the kingdom, shouldn't we? I heartily commend Alan's contribution to this important conversation about one of the Bible's often overlooked themes, the kingdom of God. Read it and be challenged.”
Ed Stetzer, President, LifeWay Research, author of Subversive Kingdom

“Alan Streett has come upon a discovery that is revolutionizing his understanding of the Bible, the gospel, and the Christian life. You feel his exhilaration in every chapter as he grapples deeply with Jesus' core message—not simply about how to get your soul to heaven when you die, but how God's dreams for planet earth can come true, beginning with you, and catching all of us up in God's transforming mission. This is a courageous work that will stimulate needed conversations about the Bible and the gospel, especially in Baptist and Evangelical circles. Highly recommended.”
Brian D. McLaren, author and speaker

“In a broad sweep of biblical history from Genesis to Revelation, Dr. R. Alan Streett reminds the church that the Gospel of the Kingdom of God is not about leaving earth to go to heaven, but is about bringing heaven down to earth. May followers of Jesus everywhere read this book and wake up to the reality of the Kingdom of God in our day-to-day lives.”
Jeremy Myers, TillHeComes.org

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736949149
Publisher:
Harvest House Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/2013
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
1,374,323
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

R. Alan Streett is the W.A. Criswell Professor of Expository Preaching and Biblical Exegesis at Criswell College, where he trains men and women for careers in ministry. He is also editor of the Criswell Theological Review and author of The Effective Invitation.

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Heaven on Earth?: Experiencing the Kingdom of God in the Here and Now 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JMyers_TillHeComes More than 1 year ago
Dr. Streett argues that the concept of the Kingdom of God is not how it is taught or understood in most churches and Bible studies, namely, as equivalent to going to heaven when we die... as a pie in the sky in the bye-and-bye. The Kingdom of God, as taught by Jesus Christ and the apostles, is an experience to be lived out here and now, in our day-to-day lives, as we follow Jesus and love others. This is the basic argument of his book. Using a broad sweep of biblical history from Genesis to Revelation, Dr. Streett shows that the concept of the Kingdom of God on earth was at the center of the hopes and dreams of Israel, and when John the Baptist and Jesus carried out their ministries, they were announcing the arrival and inauguration of this Kingdom in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Certainly, Jesus changed some of the Kingdom expectations through His life, teaching, and ministry, especially in the areas of what sort of Messiah King He was going to be, and how the Kingdom of God would exist and function upon the earth, but the overall hopes and dreams of Israel, especially as presented within the Prophets, remained intact through the teachings and ministry of John, Jesus, and the Early Church. The Gospel of the Kingdom, then, is not only a promise for what happens after death, but is also (primarily?) a message about the here and now, and how to live life as members of God's Kingdom on earth. [pullquote position="right"]The Gospel of the Kingdom of God is not about leaving earth to go to heaven, but is about bringing heaven down to earth.[/pullquote] R. Alan Street's book does a pretty good job presenting this idea. He even showed that what goes on in many church serves today is not the only way of carrying out Kingdom-focused activity (pp. 258-263). The only real shortcoming of the book is that I wish he had spent a lot more time talking about the Kingdom-focused activity of loving those outside the church. As it is, he really only spends one paragraph talking about this, but Jesus emphasized such outward-focused love during His ministry, and the church at large could benefit from more of a reminder that the Kingdom of God is not just about loving one another, but is also about loving and serving those who live in darkness and fear.