Table Talk | May 11-12

Kyle Patrick   -  

I hope this message finds you all well and that you had a blessed Mother’s Day weekend. This past Sunday, we embarked on an enlightening journey through the teachings of Jesus, focusing on the valuable lessons hidden within His parables. Here are some key takeaways from the sermon:

  • The Parables of Jesus: We dove into the parables of the hidden treasure and the pearl of great price, learning how they illustrate the immense value of the Kingdom of Heaven and what it means to wholeheartedly commit to following Christ.
  • The Joy of Sacrifice: The sermon highlighted the joy and fulfillment that comes from surrendering all for the Kingdom of Heaven, just as the man in the parables sold everything he had for the joy of obtaining the treasure.
  • Counting the Cost: Following Jesus requires us to count the cost, prioritizing our allegiance to Him above all else, including familial ties and personal ambitions. This commitment, though costly, offers eternal rewards that far outweigh any earthly sacrifice.
  • The Ultimate Reward: We were reminded of the eternal joys that await us as followers of Christ. Embracing the gospel promises us a life of purpose, joy, and anticipation of eternal rewards.

As we continue to reflect on the sermon, let us all consider the ways we can more deeply invest in the Kingdom and the sacrifices we are willing to make for a greater cause. Let’s carry these lessons into our week, allowing them to transform our lives and our relationship with God.

May we all be encouraged to seek the divine treasures that Jesus speaks of with the same fervor and dedication as those in His parables.


Discussion Questions:


1. Reflecting on the parable of the hidden treasure (Matthew 13:44), in what ways has the Kingdom of Heaven been like a treasure in your life? What have you had to rearrange or give up to fully embrace it?

2. Pastor Todd spoke about the sacrifice required to follow Jesus, as seen in Luke 14:25-33. Discuss a time when you had to count the cost of discipleship. What did it mean for you to ‘carry your cross’ in that situation?

3. Consider the joy described in the parable of the pearl of great price (Matthew 13:45-46). Share a personal story where your joy in finding spiritual truth outweighed the sacrifices you made.

4. How does the story of the man who sold all he had for the treasure in the field challenge your current priorities and commitments? In what ways might you be called to invest more deeply in the Kingdom of Heaven?

5. The sermon touched on the concept of prioritizing Jesus over familial ties, as illustrated in Luke 14:26. How do you balance the command to love your family with the call to follow Jesus above all else?

6. Drawing from the sermon’s reference to Jim Elliot’s quote about giving up the temporal for the eternal, discuss the eternal rewards that motivate you to follow Jesus. How do these rewards compare to the sacrifices you make?

7. As citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven, how do you interpret the responsibility of sharing the gospel with others? What insights can you gain from the parable teaching method used by Jesus to communicate complex ideas (Matthew 13)?

8. Pastor Todd emphasized the ‘in his joy’ aspect of the parables. How can this joy be a source of strength in times of sacrifice or when facing the cost of discipleship?

9. In discussing the rich young ruler (Mark 10:17-27), we highlighted the challenge of giving up wealth and possessions to follow Jesus. How does this story resonate with your own experiences or challenges in following Christ?

10. At the end of the message was a prayerful reflection on following Jesus. How does prayer support your journey of discipleship, and what role does it play when you are making significant sacrifices for the Kingdom?