Jesus often taught using stories called parables. However, these weren’t illustrations designed to make the truth clearer but tools designed to test people. Jesus wasn’t naïve about the numbers who flocked to hear him. He knew they were a mixed bunch. Some were there for the show, others had been dragged along by friends, and a few were there to catch him out. So he told disarming stories about farmers who sowed seed and treasure found in a field and kings who threw banquets and bridesmaids who weren’t ready for the wedding party. But there’s more to these stories than meets the eye. For those who are spiritually hungry and willing to delve deeper, they reveal hidden truths about the kingdom of God.
Jesus’ parables are stories designed to separate. They’re designed to separate those who are ready to listen from those who are not. They’re designed to separate those who are genuinely seeking the truth from those who can’t be bothered. They’re designed to separate those who know they need to be ready to meet God from those who are just living for the here and now. Which group do you belong to?
Join us in the Autumn online as we look at 12 ‘Stories that Separate’ from Matthew’s Gospel.
|13th September||The Parable of the Soils||Matthew 13: 1 – 23|
|20th September||The Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds||Matthew 13: 24 – 30 & 36 – 43|
|27th September||The Parable of the Seed and the Yeast||Matthew 13: 31 – 35|
|4th October||The Parable of the Treasure and the Pearl||Matthew 13: 44 – 46|
|11th October||The Parable of the Fishing Net||Matthew 13: 47 – 52|
|18th October||The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant||Matthew 18: 23 – 35|
|1st November||The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard||Matthew 20: 1 – 16|
|8th November||The Parable of the Two Sons||Matthew 21: 28 – 32|
|15th November||The Parable of the Rebellious Tenants||Matthew 21: 33 – 46|
|22nd November||The Parable of the Wedding Banquet||Matthew 22:1 – 14|
|29th November||The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids||Matthew 25: 1 – 13|
|6th December||The Parable of the Bags of Gold||Matthew 25: 14 – 30|