Who are the first twelve people you meet in the Kingdom of Heaven? And what can they tell us about who this kingdom is for?

Good church people think they know the answer—at least to the second question. And their answer explains why the church looks the way it does today.

In Matthew 8—11, Jesus issues his first invitations for people to join him in this kingdom. Based on his choices, it seems pretty clear that his kingdom isn’t going to look much like our churches after all.

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