Priceless

By Chestnut Street Baptist Church | Jul 03, 2014
Do you know what’s really special about us here at CSBC? NOTHING! ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!  If you are looking for a perfect church then you are going to be very disappointed with us.  At CSBC you’ll find real people, with real problems, who live real lives, and are all learning to love a real God whose grace is more than enough for all our needs.      You see, here at CSBC we don’t need to cling to our own “special-ness” or “goodness” because of the cross of Jesus Christ.  At His cross we find that we are really not so “good” after all.  In fact, we discover that we are unquestionably guilty and yet can be unconditionally forgiven. At Jesus’ cross we learn that He does not want to condemn us in our sins but to save us from them.  At the cross we find that God receives us just where we are but He loves us enough not to leave us there.  God can and will change lives.  He is changing us and can change you as well. So here at CSBC there are only people.  People like me.  People like you.  People like us.  People who desperately need God’s grace.  Everyone is welcome to come and receive that grace.  We invite you to join us on this life-changing journey.  Welcome Home to Chestnut Street Baptist Church!

July 6, 2014

 Matthew 13:44-46

Glimpses of the Kingdom: Priceless

Share about a time you unexpectedly stumbled on something valuable.  Share about a time that you discovered something valuable after a diligent search.

How did God speak to you through this week’s Scripture / sermon? What are you going to do in response to what you heard?

Reflect on the time you first encountered the treasure of the Kingdom. Was it difficult for you to make the decision to claim that treasure as your own?  Was your discovery of the Kingdom more like an unexpected surprise in a field or the end of a merchant’s careful search?

Both the treasure and the pearl completely reorient the life of the one who receives it. How has the treasure of the Kingdom reoriented your life? How have you experienced the radical reorientation Paul describes in Phil. 3:7-9?

The treasure/pearl of the Kingdom costs us nothing, but Christ “sold”/sacrificed everything to purchase the Kingdom (Philippians 2:5-11; Revelation 5:9-10). While we must freely receive it, over the years what have you “sold”/sacrificed to possess the treasure of the Kingdom?

Both the laborer and the merchant risked everything they had for the treasures they uncovered. How do you think their actions appeared to those around them? How have others perceived your risks for the Kingdom?

Both the laborer and the merchant invested everything in possessing the treasures they uncovered. How do we invest in the Kingdom today?

Receiving the treasure and the pearl were both occasions of great joy and abandon. Describe that time in your life. What might a lack of joy or an unwillingness to abandon all for the treasure of the Kingdom say about us?

 

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