Jesus Is Our Treasure
Context: The following is a discipleship lesson focusing on a core value of being an authentic disciple of Jesus. These build on the foundation laid in our resources for Exploring Christianity and Mentoring a New Christian. You can see the Table of Contents for this lesson series here.
Big Idea: Knowing Jesus is the greatest treasure of our lives.
Part 1: Discovery
Read and reflect on these Scriptures:
Old Testament Reading: Psalm 27.4 The one thing I ask of the Lord— the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.
New Testament Reading: Philippians 4.5 I was circumcised when I was eight days old. I am a pure-blooded citizen of Israel and a member of the tribe of Benjamin—a real Hebrew if there ever was one! I was a member of the Pharisees, who demand the strictest obedience to the Jewish law. 6 I was so zealous that I harshly persecuted the church. And as for righteousness, I obeyed the law without fault.
7 I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. 8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ 9 and become one with him.
Gospel Reading: John 7.35 Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
Questions For Discussion:
1. What is this passage saying in your own words?
2. How do we see the beauty and majesty of Jesus in these passages?
3. What does this passage teach us about life?
Part 2: Nurture
Now that we have discovered truth about Jesus with our minds, we want to nurture these truths in our hearts.
Questions For Discussion:
1. Share some different things you have treasured at different times in your life?
2. How is Jesus a better treasure than the popular treasures of our world- money, power, sex, career etc.?
3. Have you experienced this in your life?
4. What might it look like to experience Jesus as your treasure? What fruit would this bear in your life and in our world?
Part 3: Apply
As we have seen from the Word that Jesus is true treasure, and now that we have nurtured this truth in our hearts so that we not only see it, but savor it, what are practices we can incorporate in our lives in order for this to be a growing part of our lives?
Here are three practices that we recommend to help us "practice" this.
A few thoughts on practices before we look at them together:
1. Remember that spiritual practices are not the answer for a disciple, but they lead an authentic disciple to The Answer Himself.
2. Embracing a life of spiritual practices doesn't keep us from the spontaneous leadership of the Spirit, they actually sensitize and make us aware in a greater way in our day to day lives and the situations we encounter.
3. Also, a common mistake disciples make in being intentional in embracing spiritual practices is taking on too much at once, getting discouraged and quitting. As you look at these practices be in prayer about what step the Holy Spirit is calling you to take and become consistent with.
Practice 1: Sunday Worship- building a regular rhythm in life of worshiping Jesus with the church is one habit that helps us grow in seeing and savoring Jesus as our treasure.
Practice 2: Sabbath- taking a set day off for rest, reflection, recreation and remembering Jesus is an ancient practice that bears great fruit. If the Sabbath is new to you, here are is a sermon for further learning about this practice.
Practice 3: Daily Facetime- relationships are built through face to face engagement. For thousands of years disciples of Jesus have set apart consistent time to get "face to face" with Jesus. If this is new to you, here is a teaching describing this more, here is a link to a beginners guide to Facetime. We also recommend the book Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster for those who are familiar with Facetime, but are wanting to go deeper.
1. Which of these practices have been a part of your discipleship to Jesus?
2. After taking some time to pray, how do you sense the Holy Spirit leading you to respond in regards to what we have talked about today?