I have recently read two claims that are almost identical: Jesus spoke of the kingdom over one hundred times and the church only two or three times (one source said two, and one said three).
This was used to argue that the church should be about the kingdom work, ostensibly because Jesus was about kingdom work.
Now both of these sources are big on contextualization. And I think they have both missed the point.
Here’s my point: The reason Jesus spoke of the kingdom more than one hundred times and the church only a couple was precisely because of contextualization. He was preaching a message to the audience that was in front of him—an audience of people of the Jewish nation to whom the kingdom had been promised. Therefore he contextualized his message for the culture (Jewish) and the people (Jews) that were in front of him listening to him. He was not preaching to the church or preaching about the church. So why would Jesus mention the church to people for whom the church meant nothing (because it did not yet exist)?
So counting the number of times Jesus spoke of the kingdom vs. the church does not help our eschatology or our ecclesiology unless we contextualize the message.
It would be more helpful, in my view, to look at how Acts and the Epistles deal with the kingdom and the church. One source points out that Paul spoke of the church forty-five times (a number certainly way below the actual count) and the kingdom only fourteen. And we have to get past word counts and look at contexts and how the two are presented.
I think that will give us a different picture of the issue at hand, and will be more helpful to us in our question to understand ecclesiology.