Jesus talks a lot about the kingdom of God and hardly ever mentions church. This suggests church may be our idea and not his. In reading what Jesus says about the subject, twelve truths about the kingdom of God emerge.
Jesus Told Stories to Make a Point
We can use these to guide our perspective in what it means to follow Jesus. I think so. If the parables can instruct us about the kingdom of God, then they too can inform us of what it means to follow Jesus and how we should think, talk, and act. And he cites the prophet Isaiah to prove his point MatthewIsaiah This suggests Jesus intends his followers to understand and apply his parables.
To insiders the parables are a guide; to outsiders the parables are a mystery, albeit an intriguing one. Some people come up with different numbers, as low as thirty-three and as high as forty-six. Luke records the most parables, followed closely by Matthew. Interestingly, John also talks much less about the kingdom of God compared to the other three gospels, mentioning it only twice.
John wrote his gospel last, much later than Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Regardless, we can honor Jesus by returning our attention to what he says about the kingdom of God.
His parables are a great place to start. Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his booksblogand weekly email updates. But it was the apostles and the desciples who met in the upper room, cleaved to each other, needed each other to reinforce that what was happening really occurred.
As Paul declared, we are the body and He is the Head. WE are the church. February 26, Peter DeHaan kingdom of Godparable Like this: Like Loading Wojcik Posted February 26, am. Peter DeHaan Posted February 26, am.
Add Comment What do you think? Please leave a comment! Cancel reply. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.This post, like last post, is focused on understanding the Parable of the Prodigal Son. In the last post, I discussed the way some preachers treat the elder brother as a legalistic person who is disconnected from God because of their legalism and pride. I want to post a brief explanation of the context of the Parable of the Prodigal Son. It is a well-known parable.
But we often short-circuit what Jesus was trying to teach by ripping the parable out of its context. Jesus tells the Parable of the Prodigal Son in Luke It is the third of three parables that Jesus tells. Most people even somewhat familiar with the Parable of the Prodigal Son probably know that it is a part of a series of parables. And we all know that these parables teach us about the love of God for the lost, his desire for the lost to be saved, and his joy when they are reached.
But most people are unaware of the reason Jesus tells these parables. The Pharisees did not deny that. You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are. In other words, Jesus admits that the Pharisees wanted people to turn back to God. And, yet, if you listen to most sermons and lessons on the Parable of the Prodigal Son and the Parables of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coinyou will hear ministers preaching as if the main point of the parables is to show us that God welcomes back sinners.
What is at stake is how we relate to the sinners and outsiders. The issue is not whether we evangelize, but how we go about that evangelism. The Pharisees wanted to separate themselves from the sinners and outsiders.
Children's Bible Lesson: Why Did Jesus Teach in Parables?
Jesus pursued them, loved them, and showed them in tangible ways that the Kingdom of God was breaking into this world. He joyously celebrated when they returned to God rather than remaining aloof due to arrogance.
The trouble with misreading a parable like this is that we miss its point. We read it. Study it. Learn from it. But we often learn comfortable lessons from it. We remind ourselves that God will always accept us back and that God is a gracious God. And these lessons are important.
But Jesus wants to learn these lessons about God and have their relationships to the outsiders and sinners impacted. We need to learn those lessons, too.The list of parables below makes a helpful study reference to the parables that Jesus told.
Consequently his debt was reinstated. See also the Vine and Branches John When they refused the invitation, other people were rounded up and compelled to attend. What is this saying about grace and choice? These three parables highlight the need for fruitfulness. These three parables highlight the need for stewardship. You may have noticed that not all lists of parables are the same.
Of course they will all include the Good Samaritan, the Sower of Seed, and other passages that are quite clearly parables.
However there will be certain parables included on one list that are omitted from another. Each list maker has slightly different criteria as to what shall be deemed a parable. For example, the tower builder who does not count the cost Luke could well be regarded as a parable, but not every list includes it. The same may be said for many brief word pictures which Jesus uttered, and their inclusion or omission from a list of parables is somewhat arbitrary.
It would be arrogant to claim that we will study every parable uttered by Jesus and recorded in scripture, for that would mean having to be dogmatic about whether or not certain sayings of Jesus are parables. So I will claim no more than that our study of the parables will be comprehensive. Jesus might tell a new story to teach an old lesson. Each lesson provides a word family, definitions, Greek and Hebrew references, a scripture chain, comments, and links to related lessons.
Home Topics List Next www. List of the Parables —Stories that Jesus told The list of parables below makes a helpful study reference to the parables that Jesus told.Jesus was the master storyteller. Somehow we forget that the Bible is essentially a book of God-inspired stories!
Jesus also spoke in simple terms that normal people could understand. We need to remember that Jesus did not use the classical Greek language of the scholar. He spoke in Aramaic. He told stories using the street language of that day and talked of birds, flowers, lost coins, and other everyday objects that anyone could relate to. Posts Website Twitter Facebook. There are many benefits to using stories to communicate spiritual truth: Stories hold our attention.
Parables of Jesus: 9 Lessons for Kids
Even the commercials are stories. Stories stir our emotions. They impact us in ways that precepts and propositions never do. If you want to change lives, you must craft the message for impact, not for information.
Stories help us remember. Long after the outline is forgotten, people will remember the stories of the sermon. Related Articles. Pastor Rick started The PEACE Plan to show the local church how God works through ordinary people to address the five global giants of spiritual emptiness, self-serving leadership, poverty, disease, and illiteracy. He is also the founder of Pastors. Leave A Comment How did this make an impact?
Cancel reply. Send this to friend Your email Recipient email Send Cancel.This page lists all the individual lesson plans in our 9 part series on the parables of Jesus. Beyond the main lesson plans above, we have many other resources related to the parables of Jesus on our website: Here is a listing of some of the best. You can always find more ideas by using our search page. Much of our website material is presented as stand-alone lesson plans and ideas.
Here are a few of the most popular longer lesson series. I found it all very good. As we only have mins with the children there was too much to do in that time.
But we learned to adapt it which went well. Today, we learned of the Parable of the Soils. It was such a fun and interactive morning. We did the sensory boxes with the rice, rocks, seeds, etc. We had the children compete in three teams 4 per team. Then we went on to have the lesson, and last, we stepped outside the gym doors we meet in a high school, and our K-5th meet in the gym onto a cement area to make our seed bombs.
I had the red clay powder, soil and seeds already mixed together in a plastic bin. As I added the water and began mixing with my hands, I explained to the kids about the seed bombs.
They placed their bombs on the wax paperwrapped them up, and then put them in a small paper bag to take home. I included instructions for how to dry the seeds bombs and how to scatter them. This is a well-written, fun and meaningful lesson. These lessons are wonderful.
Thank you all so much. This is an answered prayer for me having the freedom to download this comprehensive bible school guide for kids since GOd has chosen and entrusted me to teach kids every sunday and It is my first and I dont have experience teaching kids in church. Thank you so much and really God bless you more. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Home About Us Newsletter.
Thank you all so much, Reply.They are quite simple, memorable stories, often with humble imagery, each with a single message.Why did Jesus teach in parables?
Jesus, for example, likened the Kingdom of God to yeast an image usually meant as corruption or a mustard seed. Most Bible scholars say that Jesus parables appear only in the three synoptic gospels Matthew, Mark, and Luke. There is another list of the parables in chronological order floating around on the web, but it lists only 35 parables and does not cite a source for the chronology. The chronology is quite a lesson by itself.
We then have the very important Parables 12 sower and four types of soil and 13 weeds among good plants. He then moves into using your talents well, remaining watchful, and finally into judgement. Also, print out the entire list of parables and give everyone in your group a copy that they can refer to as your study progresses. The discussion questions are slightly different from traditional Bible studies in that they emphasize the application of the scripture to your life today.
Many of the questions are designed to be a springboard to further discussion and there is often no truly right or wrong answer. In response to your requests, these studies are in Adobe PDF format, so they can easily be printed out. The first page provides the NIV scripture verses, the second is the discussion questions. Pages 3 and higher are notes for leaders.
For the Bible studies that I lead, I print the scripture verses on one side of a sheet and the discussion questions on the other side. However, if saving paper is not a consideration, print them on two sheets so people can refer to both the verses and the questions without excessive flipping over.
I highly recommend this book, which is available from CBD as well as most large Christian bookstores. The image above is a painting simply called Parables By James Christensen. Help build a house for a needy family in Guatemala.Jesus was a Master of the parable. In his teaching, Jesus used parables often and to great effect. Parables were a good way to teach and Jesus was good at telling them. The enemies of Jesus were always waiting for him to say something they could use against him Luke By speaking in parables, Jesus was making it very hard for them.
He could hardly be arrested for telling homely stories! The parables were evocative not provocative. By couching his teaching in parables, Jesus made certain points much clearer to true-hearted people than even plain language could have made them. At the same time, he was speaking indirectly and figuratively so that lawyers had nothing to accuse him of.
When it would have been counterproductive to speak plainly in public, Jesus spoke in parables —a prudent strategy. But nobody could prove he was saying that. Jesus took advantage of occasions when multitudes flocked to hear him speak.
Through the parables he could enlighten those whose hearts were sincere and receptive and who were hungering and thirsting for righteousness Matthew The word heart by coincidence starts with the word hear. In the parables people found what they were looking for.
When he had told this parable, Jesus said, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear" Matthew Jesus knew that not everybody would understand or give proper thought to his parables. Yet others neither tune nor block their ears —Jesus told parables to challenge such folk. The parable of the two roads makes people think about where their souls are going, and to make the decision to "enter by the narrow gate" lest they be swept with the crowd down the broad way to destruction Matthew After telling the parable of the sower mentioned aboveJesus was asked by his disciples the question from which our present lesson takes its title.