Is the reality of God’s kingdom real to your daily life?
Each morning we face a list of things. Relationships require steady focus, and our daily duties – even eating, sleeping, and communicating – demand invested energy. But when God’s truth is drowned out by our fast-paced world of noise, we might be tempted to forget: This physical life isn’t all there is.
In this 3-week study, Matthew 13: Kingdom Stories, Jesus speaks in eight parables to illustrate eternal truths of God’s kingdom to those who might hear.
A sower in a field and four kinds of soil... a crop under threat of dangerous weeds... a mustard seed and yeast causing exponential growth... a hidden treasure, a pearl, and a net full of fish... and a homeowner with a storeroom full...
At first glance, Jesus’ parables are practical, realistic, and simple stories. But just as kingdom truths are hidden in this present world, the meaning of each parable is veiled below the surface. Jesus’ purpose, however, is made clear: to hide truth in plain sight from opposition and unbelief, and to draw His followers to know Him and His kingdom more deeply.
Jesus called His disciples then, and us today, to believe in and build our lives on His eternal realities. God rules over everything – past, present, and future. God builds His kingdom in the lives of people who receive Jesus as King. One day, God will establish His rule and reign without rival and perfectly judge every heart.
But Christ and the kingdom of God are treasures offered freely by grace to all who believe. And our response to God, His Son Jesus, and the gospel matters more than anything in this world. The riches of His kingdom are to be celebrated and shared with others.
In the days of your life now and forever—will you ask Jesus to reveal the kingdom that really matters?
Develop a weekly routine and daily rhythm of engaging with the Bible.
Take time to develop a deeper understanding of the passage and consider how it applies to your everyday life.
Dig deeper into the text using purpose-made content from a network of trusted scholars.
Expand your grasp of each passage with Bible teaching and storytelling that offer additional insights and action points.
Ask questions and share what you're learning with fellow members in a weekly Group Gathering.