The New Year is already two weeks old - how are your resolutions? So much happens so fast that we can lose focus and fail to live into our stated goals. Life happens as the saying goes and before we know it, we have left another year littered in the rear view mirrors of our lives while we move on unchanged for the better. As a church family I want to help us set our focus on the primary person who has the ability to bring transformational change to bear upon our character. Of course I am talking about Jesus! Starting this week and taking us up to the beginning of Lent, we will spend time hearing from Christ and delving into his teachings. Principally we will be studying parables that teach us about the essential nature of the Kingdom which Jesus initiated and lived into - the Kingdom of God that we are invited to live into now. These Parables changed the lives of the original hearers two-thousand years ago, and they have that same power today.
Listed below are the stories along with where you can find them in the Bible. Please take some time each week reading ahead and developing your own thoughts on what Jesus is trying to say. Come Sunday and see if the preacher gets it right!
1/13 Jesus Walks on Water/Calms the Storm, Matthew 14:22-33
1/20 Parable of the Sower, Matthew 13:1-23
1/27 Parable of the Wheat and Weeds, Matthew 13:24-30
2/03 Parable of the Hidden Treasure, Matthew 13:44-46
Parable of the Wedding Banquet, Matthew 22:1-10
2/10 Parable of the workers in the Vineyard, Matthew 20:1-16
2/17 Parable of the Unforgiving Servant, Matthew 18:21-35
2/24 Parable of the Good Samaritan, Luke 10:25-37
3/03 Parable of the Wineskins, Luke 5:33-39
Parable of the Mustard Seed, Luke 13:18-19
This series is called “Riddles of Grace, The Parables of Jesus.” Hope to see you Sunday,