Welcome to the former online home of New City Baptist Church!

Our congregation approved a merger with Mount Pleasant Road Baptist Church on January 21, 2024.

Once we receive the green light from the CRA, we will be officially known as Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. For now, we are one church under that name (spiritually), but two charities (legally).

Join us at 10:30am every Sunday and 7:30pm every Thursday at 527 Mt. Pleasant Rd.

What is the Kingdom of God Like?

November 12, 2023 Preacher: John Bell Series: The Gospel According to Mark

Passage: Mark 4:21–34

New Testament Concept of “Kingdom”

  1. Universal and saving (in relation to people)
  2. Already here and not yet come (in relation to time)


  1. In the consummated Kingdom all will acknowledge Jesus as the King of the Kingdom, though now his glory is hidden (21-25)
  • Jesus is the lamp of God who has come to bring light and revelation.
  • For the present the Kingdom of God, and Jesus’ role in it, remain largely hidden.
  • Jesus is hidden in order to be manifested. Concealment intends disclosure, on the Last Day, in the consummated


  1. The parable of the seed growing secretly (26-29)
  • The kingdom will continue to grow inexorably, though sometimes almost invisibly.
  • At the end of the age the Kingdom will have grown into all its fullness, after which comes The Judgment.


  1. The parable of the mustard seed (30-32)
  • God’s Kingdom begins humbly but becomes glorious!
  • Remarkably small beginnings produce amazingly large results!
  • The Kingdom produces ultimate consequences all out of proportion to its insignificant beginnings!

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