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