The Kingdom Of God: What Is An Apostolic?
Thesis: Because the Kingdom of God is meant for all of His people, the church is apostolic by being sent out to create this Kingdom through reaching out to marginalized groups. Therefore, the church has the duty to focus on encountering God with these groups.
Scripture calls the church to go fourth and create justice, good, and peace for all people. Simply, this is the Kingdom of God. In fact, the word of the Lord states, “For even the Son of Man did not come to serve, but to serve, and to give by the Lord,” (Mark 10:15). If our Lord and Savior came to Earth to serve and create the Kingdom of God, we as his church are more than called to do the same. Going forth and creating the Kingdom of God is what defines apostolic. However, an apostolic church must be able to create the Kingdom for all people. In the church document, The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis claims, “No one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord,” (The Joy of the Gospel 12). Furthermore, in Pope Francis’s document, he explains how an apostolic church is more than just going forth, but it also includes a church with open doors (Joy of the Gospel 24). An apostolic church is an accepting church.
Consequently, the church is truly apostolic by creating the Kingdom of God by reaching out and accepting marginalized groups. A marginalized group are people who are usually “despised or overlooked,” (Joy of the Gospel 25). Groups like homosexuals, minorities, elders, Muslims, and the poor are usually forgotten…