Do you ever ask questions about Life, Death, why we're here... Or about the Christian faith?
Fear of death is everywhere at the moment. But what if there's an end to the fear of death? Steve Wilcox explores this question.
by Steve Wilcox
Treasure. It's a wonderful word isn't it. It conjures up images of all that we desire and long for. And Jesus says “the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field” (Matthew 13:44). Picture the scene. You're walking through a field and you stumble over something hard. And after holding in a curse and a comment about sueing someone you wonder – what is it? So you look down and see the corner of what looks like an old box. Now you're really intrigued. You start to dig – and out comes this large chest. You open it with excitement and – yes you've guessed it, it's filled with gold coins and diamonds – worth more than you could ever imagine. What would you do? Well in the story the man is filled with joy and excitement - “I can't believe this has happened! With this I can do everything I've ever dreamed...” There's no question he must have the treasure – nothing is as valuable to him as this treasure. So he sells everything he has and buys the field, so the treasure is his.
And the obvious question is - “what is the treasure?” Jesus says “the kingdom of heaven is like treasure...” But I think we can get even more specific than that. The treasure is Jesus. He's the king of the kingdom after all. He's the one who above all things is supremely valuable – and who gives us everything in the kingdom.
How is Jesus the greatest treasure? Here's what we've discovered about Jesus so far in Matthew's gospel (and I suggest you sit back and enjoy these glorious realities – gaze on Jesus with your mind's eye, as you might gaze on a treasure chest or a beautiful view from the top of a mountain). Jesus is:
Isn't Jesus wonderful? Jesus is the greatest Treasure. He is the treasure in the field who is worth giving up absolutely everything else for. And the more we treasure him, the more we will know that to be true.
Christianity Answers & Evidence was a 6 week series led by one of our church family, looking at the latest scientific and archaeological evidence and asking is there any proof for God, the Bible and Jesus.
The six sessions are:
You can find the video playlist of these sessions on our YouTube page.
Our friend Adam Young as a defendant in a trial:
Essentials is a short course of just four short sessions, giving an opportunity to ask all your questions and find out what's essential about the Christian faith. Each session involves watching a short video and then discussing what you have seen. The course is free. Courses currently take place via Zoom, so you can join in from the comfort and safety of your own home. If you'd like to find out more, or to join, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can get a taster here:
How can we believe in a God who is loving and powerful at a time like this? Watch our vicar Steve Wilcox addressing this question:
If you are looking for answers to some of the big questions in life, you could listen to one of our sermon answering these good questions. Prior to our series we asked our local communities: "If you could ask God one question and you knew it would be answered, what would it be?" These talks were given in response to those questions.
You can find the series, along with many other sermons on our Listen Again page.