We have visited and revisited the person of Jesus and the focus on his way of life (aka “the kingdom of God”). In this next series, we’ll explore the mastery of his storytelling - in his use of parables. Parables were artistic illustrations that incorporated any image in close proximity to his audience. They communicate truths about God’s reality while revealing "the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven" (Mt 13:11). They were meant to correct, enlighten, and bring color to the message of Jesus’ teaching. Fair warning: they were not always plain to understand; his audience struggled to understand, and perhaps you and I will as well. But as followers of Jesus, he desires that we understand! (Mt 13:16-17) Join us as we listen closely to the Rabbi - and ask for the Spirit to illuminate our path toward deeper understanding.
Look for questions posted each week on Realm - or here on this Google Doc! Note: STUDY GUIDES are available each week after the sermon with the intention that individuals and groups can go deeper into the sermon and the passage.
Study questions are posted Sundays at 10:50am. Get a bookmark to follow along!
Other suggested tools:
"How to Read the Parables of Jesus" - The Bible Project
From our Pastor for Smaller Communites:
We always encourage folks to gather in person or virtually to discuss the highlights of each week's sermon. In this way, we intentionally go deeper - together and embrace a mindset that God's Word will be planted in us and nurtured to grow more. If you are not discussing the sermon and its passage each week with others, then set aside time to explore the questions on your own!