The Kingdom Parables

It has been said that a parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. Jesus frequently used parables as a means of illustrating divine truths and challenging us on many levels. They challenge our understanding of ourselves, of God, of God’s kingdom, and what God is hoping to do in the world. Just as Jesus’ words challenged the thoughts and understanding of many in his day, so too, we are challenged to examine our own lives and what we assume to be “the way things should go.” The question is whether we will have ears to hear beyond our own spiritual deafness. From Matthew’s Gospel, ten parables have been chosen – covering a wide variety of topics and ideas. The central theme that ties them together is the challenge out of an agnostic, apathetic life into a life of kingdom-based action.

Join us, as we study/discern and find kingdom meaning and purpose from these parables. Who knows if there is a diamond in the trashcan? – it is finders’ keepers.

June 30The Wise and Foolish Builders – Mat 7:24-29
July 7The Sower Mat 13:1-23
July 14The Wheat and the Weeds – Mat 13:24-30; 36-43
July 21The Mustard Seed – Mat 13:31-35
July 28The Treasure, the Pearl and the Net – Mat 13:44-52
August 4The Unforgiving Servant – Mat 18:15-35
August 11The Workers in the Vineyard – Mat 20:1-16
August 18The Great Banquet – Mat 22:1-14
August 25The Ten Bridesmaids – Mat 25:1-13
September 1The Talents – Mat 25:14-30