Big Idea: Knowing Jesus is the greatest treasure of our lives.
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 3:5 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 6:35 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.
1. What are these passages saying in your own words?
2. How do we see the beauty and majesty of Jesus in these passages?
3. How is Jesus a better treasure than the popular treasures of our world- money, power, sex, career etc.?
4. If we saw Jesus as our greatest treasure, what fruit would this bear in our lives and in our world?
Here are three practices that Zach recommended to help us "practice" this.
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. 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?