THE SEARCH IS OVER!

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Theme: The Conduct within Discipleship
Word for the Week Kingdom of Heaven (God): It refers to the reign of God in the lives of those who have been reconciled to Him through Christ. These individuals live according to the ordinances and statutes of the Kingdom which is under the God’s authority..
Memory verse: Philippians 3:8 (NKJV) Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ
Essence of the Text: Jesus described the actions of those who enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
Proposition: God is calling everyone to sell anything inferior to what God has to offer in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Objective: I want those in attendance to examine their practices and remove and replace everything that is not from the reign of God.
Sermon Passage: Matthew 13:45-46
Matthew 13:45–46 NKJV
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

I. The Analogy

Matthew 13:45 NKJV
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls,

A. His Search

Matthew 13:45 NKJV
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls,
Pursuit beautiful, fine, good pearls,
Agenda, Exploration, Goal, Con
Several factors determine the quality and value of a pearl, including:
1. Luster: This refers to the shine or glow of a pearl. High-quality pearls have a strong, mirror-like luster, reflected from the many layers of nacre.
2. Size: Larger pearls are generally more valuable, as they are rarer and require a longer cultivation period. S
3. Shape: Round pearls are usually the most desired and command higher prices.
4. Color: Pearls come in a range of colors, including white, cream, pink, silver, black, and more.
5. Surface quality: Pearls with smooth, blemish-free surfaces are considered higher quality and more valuable.
Imperfections such as spots, bumps, or cracks can lower a pearl's value.
6. Origin: The place where a pearl was harvested can also affect its value.
Certain regions, such as Tahiti, Japan, or Australia, are well-known for producing higher-quality pearls,

B. His Selection

Matthew 13:46 NKJV
46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
Found the biggest perfectly round one and it possessed the greatest white luster that was smooth and blemish-free and not to say the origin was known for producing high quality pearls.
, Acknowledgement, Findings, Completion

C. His Sacrifice

Matthew 13:46 NKJV
46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
Response, Reaction, was to replace
He sold every pearl he had and bought the ONE Pearl
The Value was worth the sacrifice

II. The Application

MATT 13.46
Matthew 13:46 NKJV
46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
Some of you are
Searching for love
Searching for comfort
Searching for peace
Searching for joy
Searching for fulfillment

The Search Is Over!

HIS Luster

Matthew 17:2 NKJV
2 and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.
His Size
His Color
This refers to the shine or glow of a pearl. High-quality pearls have a strong, mirror-like luster, reflected from the many layers of nacre.

HIS SIZE

Larger pearls are generally more valuable, as they are rarer and require a longer cultivation period.

Omnipresent

Proverbs 15:3 NKJV
3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place, Keeping watch on the evil and the good.

Omniscience

Hebrews 4:13 NKJV
13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

Omnipotent

Matthew 19:26 NKJV
26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

HIS COLOR

Pearls come in a range of colors, including white, cream, pink, silver, black, and more.
Matthew 28:3 NKJV
3 His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.
His Quality

HIS QUALITY

Pearls with smooth, blemish-free surfaces are considered higher quality and more valuable.
Imperfections such as spots, bumps, or cracks can lower a pearl's value.
1 Peter 1:19 NKJV
19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

HIS ORIGIN

John 1:1 NKJV
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Revelation 1:11 NKJV
11 saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”
When Christ works with Men
Cleansed the Corrupted (Lepers)
Cured the Crooked (Matthew tax collector)
Restored the Ruined
When Christ works with Men
Delivered the Demonic (Men)
Feed the Famished (Multitude)
Healed the Hurting
Lifted the Lifeless (Lazarus)
When Christ Works with the material
Water can became Wine
Seas can became Sidewalks
Storms can became Still
Meals can be Multiplied
You are at the right place
Need peace
Discovered
Paul determined in 2 Corinthians 9:8
Grace is Abundant
Jesus determined in John 10:10
That Life will be Abundant
David testified in Psalm 36:8
Joy is Abundant
Paul determined in Ephesians 3:20
He gained Abundant Power because He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above
Paul also testified in Philippians 4:19 that
His Provision is Abundant
Peter determined in 2 Peter 1:11 that
Your Access will be Abundant
Have you assessed what God so loved the world that He gave?
Have you assessed the greatest gift
Are you willing to pay the price?
ILLUSTRATION: The rich young ruler was not willing to sell all
THE RICH YOUNG RULER WAS NOT WILLING TO EXCHANGE
WORLDLY STANDARDS FOR HEAVENLY SUCCESS
WORLDLY TRINKETS FOR HEAVENLY TREASURES
WORLDLY RESOURCES FOR HEAVENLY RICHES
THE RICH YOUNG RULER WAS NOT WILLING TO TRADE IN
Trade in the Temporary for the Eternal
ARE YOU WILLING TO EXCHANGE
the Fleeting for the Forever
ARE YOU WILLING TO TRADE IN
the Temporary with the Timeless
Trade the Impermanent for the Infinite
ARE YOU WILLING TO PASS OVER
the Finite for the Forever
Will you sell or remove from your portfolio
Insufficient or temporary proponents of peace because come face to face with
The Prince of Peace
Remove from your possession
Insufficient proponents of comfort because you have come face to face with
The God of Comfort
WHAT ABOUT YOU WILL YOU PICK
MONEY OVER MORALS
PLEASURES OVER PIETY
SUCCESS OVER STANDARDS
WHAT ABOUT YOU WILL YOU PICK
COMFORTS OVER CHARACTER
POPULARITY OVER PURITY
RIOTOUS LIVING OVER RIGHTEOUSNESS
WORLDLY LIVING FOR HEAVENLY LIVING
WORLDLY PLEASURES FOR HEAVENLY PIETY
WORLDLY COMFORTS FOR HEAVENLY CONTENTMENT
DON’T JUST COME WANTING
His provision but not His precepts
His security but not His statues
His comfort but not His commands
As a Christian, are you content with the rule of God in your life?
Contentment vs. Covetousness Realizing that God has provided everything I need for your present happiness and resting in that fact. (I Timothy 6:8)
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