The Greek word for parable literally means “to place alongside”. Through this series we will focus on 11 parables containing common stories from life which have, placed alongside, a spiritual truth.
Part 1 - The Purpose of the Parables
Jesus uses parables to either reveal callous hearts where the word is being taken away, or reveal receptive hearts which have an increasing harvest.
Part 2 - The Mustard Seed and the Yeast
The parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast encourage Kingdom members to expect growth and an abundant response to the Gospel, irrespective of, what may seem like, an insignificant beginning or effort.
Part 3 - Parable of the Two Sons
Jesus tells a very point parable to confront the religious elite with the truth that their religious activities were not taking place in the vineyard that was doing the will of the Father. The true vineyard is only where Jesus is the vine.
Part 4 - The Treasure and the Pearl
Guest speaker Gary continues this series on The Parables of Jesus in Pastor Allan's absence.
Part 5 - The Dishonest Manager
Through this puzzling parable Jesus teaches disciples to act shrewdly by taking worldly examples bold and decisive action and learning from them. With the purpose of making a greater contribute towards eternity.
Part 6 - The Rich Man and Lazarus
If we keep walking past “obvious unseen” people, and we keep doing “obvious unseen” actions, and we keep treating Scripture as an “obvious unseen” we will join the rich man.
Part 7 - Lost and Found
Through this parable Jesus calls the lost-but-now-found to be willing to carry the burden which comes with expending vigorous energy in order to bring about repentance and restoration.
Part 8 - The Pharisee And The Tax Collector
Through this parable Jesus teaches that salvation is not found in comparative righteous. You can’t compare yourself, by looking down on others, and conclude you are justified. You can’t compare yourself, by looking up to others, and conclude you are not justified.
Part 9 - The Good Samaritan
The main purpose of this parable is to get us to ask a question. Do we have this unique Jesus-character of pity and compassion? A Jesus-character that is at the heart of being a neighbour.
Part 10 - The Ten Virgins
The key question being asked by this parable is, “Are you ready to meet Jesus?” This question confronts us with four spiritual truths.
Part 11 - The Sheep and the Goats
In this parable Jesus teaches that entrance into eternity isn’t based on helping or ignoring a specific group of people. Entrance to eternity is based on the reception we have towards the Gospel message and Gospel messengers.