Like a collector who looks for a rare and elegant item the merchant searches for and finds the once in a lifetime pearl, but it requires all of the money he has to purchase.  But because the pearl is priceless, the cost is worth it.  So it is with the kingdom of heaven, the church family now and through eternity, which is worth more than we could possibly pay.  How do we enter the kingdom?  We enter right now through faith in Jesus Christ and the obedient baptism into his death and resurrection.  This sermon presents a wonderful explanation of the meaning and purpose of baptism.

Matthew 13:45-46, Acts 2