Everybody loves a good story. Stories can capture our imagination and give us a new perspective on life. Perhaps the greatest storyteller in history was Jesus himself. In fact, the Bible shows that storytelling was Jesus’ favorite technique when speaking to the crowd: “Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable” (Matthew 13:34). Jesus often took the most profound lessons of life and wrapped them in simple stories everyone could understand, only to bring an unexpected twist to the story so no one would forget. Parables are small stories that teach a big idea!
Jesus often took the most profound lessons of life and wrapped them in simple stories everyone could understand. The English word parable comes from the word paraballo: para meaning alongside and ballo meaning to throw. Essentially, parables are truths thrown alongside. A parable is a story that points to a bigger truth. In this series, we’ll take a fresh look at these ancient stories and discover what they teach us about our own story, and how to better live into God’s grand story!
|Jun 24||Parable of the Wise and Foolish Builder||Matthew 7:24-27|
|Jul 1||Parable of the Hidden Treasure/Pearl||Matthew 13:44-46|
|Jul 8||Parable of the Persistent Widow||Luke 18:1-8|
|Jul 15||Parable of the Lost Son||Luke 15:11-32|
|Jul 22||Parable of the Mustard Seed/Yeast||Luke 13:18-21|
|Jul 29||Parable of the Sower||Luke 8:4-15|
|Aug 5||Parable of the Good Samaritan||Luke 10:25-37|
|Aug 12||Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus||Luke 16:19-31|
|Aug 19||Parable of the Unmerciful Servant||Matthew 18:21-35|
|Aug 26||Parable of the Bags of Gold (Talents)||Matthew 25:14-30|
|Sep 2||Parable of the Sheep and the Goats||Matthew 25:31-46|
- The Parables of Jesus by R.C. Sproul (for adults)
- Never Too Late to Change by Kerry Shook (for adults)
- The Parables (for kids)
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