PREP BEFORE CLASS:
- Watch the application video for Hidden Treasure. (13 minutes)
- Review all of Lesson 2 in this guide. (Approx 10 minutes)
- Read all of Lesson 2 in the Student Book. (Approx 20 minutes)
WHAT TO DO DURING CLASS:
Step 1: Re-read the Biblical Text – Matthew 13:44
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. (Matt 13:44)
Step 2: Play the Application Video (10 minutes).
During the application video, Dr. Doriani takes a few minutes to explain the four questions of Biblical Application.
Pastor Info: Daniel M. Doriani, Ph.D., Senior Pastor, Central Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, Missouri; Adjunct Professor of New Testament, Covenant Seminary. Dr. Doriani served as Covenant Seminary’s Dean of Faculty from 1995 to 2003, when he accepted the pastorate of Central Presbyterian Church (EPC) in St. Louis. He continues to teach one seminary course each semester. Dr. Doriani maintains scholarly interests in biblical interpretation and New Testament. He is a prolific writer, addressing topics from hermeneutics to biblical manhood. His books include Getting the Message, Women in Ministry, The Life of a God-Made Man, Putting the Truth to Work: The Theory and Practice of Biblical Interpretation, and commentaries on the book of James and the Sermon on the Mount.
You can review the text of Dr. Doriani’s application video in Lesson 2 of the accompanying Student Book.
Step 3: Ask questions about the Application Video (10-15 minutes)
Use this time to dig into what the pastor was saying in the application video. You can create your own questions or choose a few of the questions below to ask. You will likely not have time to ask all the questions, so during the prep time, select those that most interest you.
[QUESTIONS TO BE PROVIDED NEXT WEEK]
Step 4: Review the film/discuss the parable. (15-20 minutes)
This is the final section to talk about the parable. You can use the parallels table found both here and in the Student Book to lead a discussion about the parable. Or you can watch sections of the film again by skipping to the particular scene you want to discuss. A breakdown of the scenes is listed below:
Chapter 1 – Bad Piece of Property
Chapter 2 – Looking for a Phone/Finding Oil
Chapter 3 – Sharing the Good News
Chapter 4 – Geology Lab
Chapter 5 – Convincing Clarissa to Sell Everything
Chapter 6 – The Garage Sale
Chapter 7 – Title Office & Closing
WHAT TO TELL THE CLASS BEFORE NEXT WEEK:
Tell your students to read Lesson 2 in their Student Book. The material in that book will go into greater depth on the parable.