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Jesus: Our Prized Treasure

January 21, 2018

"What comes to mind when you think of God as the most important thing about yourself?-  A.W. Tozer 

 

 

Jesus: our prized treasure! 

Philippians 3:8-11

 

 

19“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:8-11, ESV)

 

 

8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and may share His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead." (Philippians 3:8-11, ESV)

 

 

What did you think life would be like when you trusted Jesus?

 

 

 8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.

 

 37 Whoever loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. (Matthew 10:37-39, ESV) 

 

 

 Is your identity in Jesus strong enough to hold up to a loss of your job, or your title or position?

 

"For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him..."

 

 

"Don't rejoice in successful service, but rejoice because you are richly blessed" - Oswald Chambers

 

 

" 29 The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom's voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:29-30, ESV)

 

Is your hope found in your works and your religion, or in your Savior? 

 

"...not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10 that I may know Him..."

 

20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life." (1 John 5:20, ESV)

 

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LifeGroup Week 3 

 

Week 3 - Jesus: Our Prized Treasure  (God’s Plan for My Treasure)

In this weekend’s sermon we looked at Matthew 6:19-24 and learned about earthly vs. heavenly treasure, tithing and giving generously.  Today’ study will look at 2 Cor. 9:1-14, but we need to do a quick review of 2 Cor. 8 first to fully understand what Paul is saying in 2 Cor. 9.

 

As a group, turn to 2 Cor. 8 and follow along as someone reads the summary below:

 

In 2 Cor, 8, Paul addresses the Corinthians about giving sacrificially. He uses the Macedonians as an example to encourage the Corinthians to be sacrificial in their giving.  He says that the Macedonians gave out of their poverty unto extreme generosity; and that they were able to do so because they were motivated to take part in relief of the saints. He then says that the reason they were motivated was because, “they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.” (2 Cor. 8:5).  They gave themselves to GOD first, to obeying the GOSPEL that they profess. “Giving” financially was not the goal of the Macedonians, “relieving the saints” was their goal.  This service is a response to the GOSPEL and is based on Grace (2 Cor. 8:9).  Paul even says that giving sacrificially (with CHRIST at the Center) is a manifestation of Grace (2 Cor. 8:1,6,7). Giving sacrificially paints a picture of the GOSPEL!

 

Now, as a group turn to and read 2 Cor. 9:1-14.  This passage describes the expected condition of the heart while giving.  It is a powerful passage that should motivate us to look at our heart from multiple perspectives: 1) Are we giving to begin with (a proper heart response to the GOSPEL) and 2) Are we giving with the right motives/heart condition (a proper view of GOD).  As a group take a moment to discuss these two perspectives.

 

This passage starts off with Paul saying that he is well aware of their readiness and in fact boasts in their readiness to give financially. He says that he boasts in their zeal for providing support so that others will be motivated or “stirred up”. As a group, discuss whether or not you have ever looked at giving like this, as a means to stirring up obedience and faith in others.

 

Having a passion for obedience to GOD is contagious! It creates an atmosphere and cultivates an environment where GOD’s name is glorified through our denial of self and cultivates an environment where HE reigns Supreme not our financial obligations! Can you imagine what it would be like if we gave with an attitude of inspiring others (v.2)?

 

Now, let’s look at 2 Cor. 9 as we take a deeper look at the appropriate condition of the heart for giving!

 

How to Give: Condition of the Heart

  1. Paul placed an emphasis on giving “proactively” and not “reactively” (v5). What do you think is the difference?

 

Extra Discussion* A lot of people have adopted this “give what’s left over” attitude for such a long time with their tithes, that it has crept into their entire walk with GOD.  It is that way with time, service, efforts, obedience, etc...  We only give to GOD after we have taken care of our needs. If we have taken care of our needs...then what is left for GOD to do! Not only are we being disobedient, but we are robbing GOD of the ability to grow our faith through his provision.

 

2.  As a group look closely at v 5.  Paul uses a very strong word here…”Exaction”. If we are not giving cheerfully...then why are we giving?

 

3. As a group focus on v11. It says that we “will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way.” Discuss as a group what this means.

 

4. As a group read 2 Cor. 9:12-14. It says that, “giving is not only for supplying the needs of the saints”, and then names numerous other things it is useful for. As a group name and discuss the other three things that happen as a result of giving.

 

Impact Section

We would never accuse GOD of extorting us…yet that is exactly how many of us treat him when we tithe! Often we give out of obligation and fear of what will happen if we don’t. We treat GOD like the mob boss shaking down the owner of the deli…pay up or else!  Paul tells us that our gifts must come from a cheerful heart…a heart focused on GOD’s glory, serving others, and building up the Kingdom of GOD. 2 Cor. 9:11 tells us that we will be enriched TO BE (or SO THAT) we can be generous. We are not enriched because we are generous, as the prosperity gospel would teach; we are enriched so that we can be generous. The late E.V. Hill said that we are to be channels, not reservoirs of GOD’s blessings! I think he understood 2 Cor. 8-9…do we?​ 

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