The new series at The Chapel conjures up ideas of pirate ships and chests full of gold. The series is called Treasure. Things that we treasure are things of great worth. We treasure our families, our memories, and our possessions. However the Bible teaches that there is one thing that we should treasure above all.
- When you think of treasure in the movies or in your everyday life, what comes to mind?
- Jeff Griffin, in his series opener on Treasure (www.chapel.org or click on the picture above) talked about his half-hearted commitment to the Red Sox. Is there something that you give time to that you are not particularly passionate about?
- On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your commitment to charity, church, and God? These things should be thought through separately. Why do you think that answers might differ for each one?
Read the following verse:
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.” (Matthew 13:44)
- How is the treasure in the passage described?
- What is the treasure?
- Which words did Jeff draw upon to say that the Kingdom of God is both priceless and expensive?
The opening message on Treasure explained how some people see life as balanced where God fits into their lives as a part of the bigger picture. The message challenged us to see that Jesus calls us to a life where we are as fanatical about Jesus as some people are about their sports teams. It was even said that compared to our love for Jesus, all other loves should look like hatred (Luke 14).
- Do you understand the term Kingdom of God? What is a Kingdom? How is it different than a republic or democracy? Describe what the Kingdom of God might have meant to Jesus’ listeners.
- How can God’s rule in our lives and in our world be so easily brushed aside?
- Evaluate whether your life, your neighborhood, or your city reflects the Kingdom of God.
- Create a specific plan, individually or as a group to bring more of God’s rule to areas of your life and your neighborhood.
- Was Jesus interested in a private personal kingdom or a global kingdom that changed how people lived their day-to-day lives?
The Holman Concise Bible Dictionary says that “In one sense the Kingdom will not come until some specified time in the future (see, for example, Matt. 25:1-46). Jesus also said that there is a sense in which the Kingdom had come in his own time: “The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:15) …
Jesus regularly invited people to join the Kingdom of God, that is to open their lives up to the ruling of God. He invited everyone.”
- In what ways does Jesus rule already take place? In what ways might it become complete in the future?
- In Matthew 19:24 Jesus says that it is hard for rich people to enter the Kingdom. Why?
- Why would Tax-collectors and prostitutes more quickly give up everything and make Jesus their king? Why would moral and religious people actually find themselves outside of the Kingdom (Matt. 21:31)?
- Verses for further study:
- The Kingdom is like a farmer (Matt. 13:24).
- The Kingdom is like a seed (Matthew 13:33).
- The Kingdom is a mystery (Mark 4:11).
- The Kingdom is marked by joy (Luke 8:1).
- The Kingdom is righteousness and peace in the Holy Spirit (Rom. 14:7)