Introduction References: The Gospel of Luke, William Hendriksen, Baker Book House, 1978; The Prodigal God, Timothy Keller, Penguin Books, 2008; All The Parables of Jesus, Herbert Lockyer, Zondervan Publishing, 1963. Luke 15 In Luke 15 we find Jesus in the midst of a crowd preparing to teach. Tax collectors and sinners were gathered close toContinue reading “Parables Part 8”
Introduction We began our study of parables with the “Two Builders” parable which instructs believers to build a strong foundation for life, one able to withstand the storms they will inevitably encounter. Next, we studied the eight parables of Matthew 13, all dealing with the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus spoke the first four to aContinue reading “Parables Part 7”
Introduction As you know, after my current detailed study of Matthew 13, I realized that the interpretations I had heard all my life for 4 parables did not seem to fit the context in which they are embedded. In Part 5, I gave you specifics on the things that bothered me. The four parables inContinue reading “Parables Part 6”
Introduction Acts 17 has a lesson for each of us: Acts 17:10-11, “The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures dailyContinue reading “Parables Part 5”
Warning: There will be Opposition The parable of the “Sower” or “Four Soils” teaches that God freely sows His good seed in spiritual hearts, but hard, shallow, and crowded hearts fail to produce a harvest. In fruitful hearts, the seed germinates, the plant grows, and ultimately yields a bountiful harvest. It is unfortunately true thatContinue reading “Parables Part 4”
Introduction Jesus’ parables are important and revealing. They confront people with tough questions and difficult issues. “Why do people do the things they do?” Why is it one person can stand fast in integrity no matter what, but another person bends to every temptation? Why can two people hear the same presentation of the gospel,Continue reading “Parables Part 3”
Introduction We began our study of the Parables of Jesus with the important example of the parable of the Two Builders. This parable reminds us how vital it is that we build our spiritual life on a sturdy foundation which can withstand the storms of life, the final storm of mortal death, and will goContinue reading “Parables Part 2”
Introduction Jesus frequently used parables as a teaching tool. Parables are often referred to as “earthly stories” with a “heavenly message.” In the next lesson we will look at different types of parables and how parables differ from related forms like proverbs and allegories. Today we will consider one parable whose message is vital toContinue reading “Parables Part 1”
Introduction This is the final lesson in our study of Hebrews. The author ends the letter with admonitions and exhortations calling believers to live in a manner pleasing to God. If they do that, they will avoid learning by experience the truth that God’s wrath against sin is a consuming fire. “Let brotherly love continue.Continue reading “Hebrews Part 15”
Introduction What should a believer who strives to live a life of faith expect? “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,” 2 looking to Jesus,Continue reading “Hebrews Part 14”
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