About the Series:
10 Stories that will change your life: The Parables of Jesus (Sept 17th - November 19th)
in it's most basic form, a parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. It's meant to impact the way that you think and the way that you live.
During the next 10 weeks we'll find out together that Jesus wants to tell you a story. For some it will conceal the truth. For others, it will reveal the truth. It all depends on your heart. Incredibly, the often overlooked parables give us about a third of Jesus' teaching - they tell us an incredible amount about Jesus and his kingdom. During Jesus' earthly ministry that's what the parables were all about - illustrations to unfold the kingdom of God.
SEPT 17: UNDESIRABLE - (Click to Watch)
Why Mary the prostitute on 5th street should come to church with YOU.
The Great Banquet: Luke 14:15-24, Matthew 22:1-14
"Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled." Luke 14:23
SEPT 24: INDIFFERENCE - (Click to Watch)
When your neighbor happens to be the Wolf of Wall Street supremacist living next door.
The Good Samaritan: Luke 10:25-37
"... And who is my neighbor?" Luke 10:29
OCT 1: BLOWOUT PARTY - (Click to Watch)
You may have been to Woodstock and partied with Gerry Garcia but until you've met Jesus, you've never partied like this.
The Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin: Luke 15:1-10
"... I tell you that there will be more Joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous who do not need to repent." Luke 15:7
OCT 8: SCANDALOUS LOVE
The outrageous, alarming and shocking willingness of God to forgive and restore anyone at anytime.
The Prodigal Son: Luke 15:11-31
"But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw him arms around him and kissed him." Luke 15:20
OCT 15: HELP ME HELP YOU
You know the standard breakup line: it's not you, it's me? Jesus wants you to know, it's you... not him.
The Sower: Luke 8:1-15, Matthew 13:1-23, Mark 4:1-20
"And they are choked by life's worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature." Luke 8:14
OCT 22: TOXIC TRUTH
Merriam-Webster defines a weed as, "an obnoxious growth, thing, or person." Jesus defines it as a phony imitation placed there by an enemy.
The Parable of the Weeds: Matthew 13:24-39
"But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, the weeds also appeared." Matthew 13:25-26
OCT 29: HYPOCRISY vs HUMILITY
Who do you believe God desires to save? The religious who believe they are good... or the sinner who knows they are bad?
The Pharisee and The Tax Collector: Luke 18:9-14
"... God be merciful to me, a sinner! I tell you, this man went to his house justified, rather than the other." Luke 18:13-14
NOV 5: HEAVEN vs HELL
You know the t-shirts that say, "I'd rather go to hell?" I don't think so. Jesus told this story and it will scare the hell out of you.
The Rich Man and Lazarus: Luke 16:19-31
"And he called out, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame." Luke 16:24
NOV 12: FORGIVENESS vs VENGEANCE
An illustration that reminds even Ebeneezer Scrooge that forgiveness is an option.
The Unmerciful Servant: Matthew 18:15-35
"...The servant's master took pity on him, cancelled the debt and let him go." Matthew 18:17
NOV 19: SEX
Really? That has nothing to do with this parable. Why would you think that? Good grief... It's about being ready for God's return.
The Ten Virgins: Matthew 25:31-46
"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come." Matthew 24:42