Matthew 13:44-45

Jesus’ opening gospel proclamation was that “the Kingdom of God is at hand”
 
He spent the next three years pointing out the ways and places a person could see evidence of his claim: people seeing anew, stuck people getting unstuck, and various oppressed folks getting set free. 
 
As Jesus departed his earthly journey, he sent his followers forth to continue facilitating God’s ever-expanding Kingdom -coming on earth as in heaven.  To guide his followers in their work, he gave them numerous parables, similes, analogies, and allegories by which they might imaginatively envision God’s Kingdom as it continued to come. 
 
You are invited to engage directly with Jesus’ creative images and let them inspire your own prayerful imagination of how God longs to establish God’s Kingdom on earth even more in our congregation, community, and region in the year ahead.
 
READ: Matthew 13:44-45
Treasure hunters and pearl divers do not act “accidentally.”  They acquire tools, expend energy, and make an informed quest for the prize.  When it comes to securing Kingdom gains, Jesus suggests it will warrant releasing other longstanding priorities. 

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* 1. What would help you pursue Kingdom treasure with more singular focus in 2020?

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* 2. What longstanding priority might you need to “release” in order to obtain Kingdom treasure?

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* 3. What longstanding priority(ies) might our congregation need to release in order to obtain Kingdom treasure?

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