Jesus finishes His kingdom parables by teaching about the inestimable value of the kingdom of heaven, the reign of God in our lives and over the world. I hope you enjoy the sermon. Thanks for listening. -Alan Burrow* What is the theme of this passage?* What earlier parables does the parable of the dragnet echo?* What is the them of the dragnet parable?* How is the “sea” used in biblical typology?* Where do we find this same theme in the OT?* How do the opening and closing parables in the passage deal with treasure?* What is the theme of the parable of the treasure in the field and the parable of the pearl of great price?* How is the kingdom infinites big and infinitely small?* How does the kingdom cover and conquer?* What does it look like when someone owns the kingdom of heaven as their own personal treasure?* What are the differences between the parable of the treasure and the parable of the pear of great price?* How do those two parable have echos from the life of Jacob?* Why are the men in the parables joyful in spite what they have given up?* How did these parable particularly apply to Jesus’ generation?* What is the ultimate issue?* How does Jesus address this ultimate issue?* What is being godly a matter of?* What were we created and redeemed for?* What is Jesus trying to do here?* In what sense does self-interest play a part here?* What is the nature of temptation?* What is the most basic response of faith in times of temptation?* How do we respond when we don’t sense the value of the kingdom?* How are we supposed to be scribes?1. How does a high appraisal of the value of the kingdom of heaven (reign of God) in our lives relate to living out kingdom life and witnessing for the kingdom? Consider Psalm 51.12-13; Rom 14.17-19; Eph 5.20; Col 3.17; and also speak from your own experience.2. What makes us lose our high appraisal of the value of kingdom of heaven (reign of God) in our lives? Consider Psalm 73.2-14; Mal 3.13-15; and also speak from your own experience.3. How should we handle it when our high appreciation for the reign of God in our lives slips? Consider Psalm 73.15-28, Mal 3.16-18; Heb 12.1-16; and also speak from your own experience.
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