More Than a Story: Kingdom-Focused

[Matthew 13] Contains EIGHT parables!! All of these parables speak about the kingdom of heaven. Parable of the Sower Readiness to hear and receive the Message of the kingdom of heaven. Three parables about growth: Weeds, Mustard Seed, Yeast/Leaven Parable of the Weeds – weeds among good seed, test between true disciples and others. Parable […]

More Than a Story: Readiness

[The Ten Bridesmaids: Matthew 25:1-13] Also known as the Parable of the Ten Virgins Not good and bad women– WISE and FOOLISH women. Context: Disciples requested knowledge of a sign or signal of the coming of Jesus. (see Matthew 24:3) These ten women are waiting to escort the bridegroom for the torch lighting procession at […]

More Than a Story: Compassion

[The Good Samaritan: Luke 10:25-37] Compassion – Deep awareness of the sufferings or misfortunes of another with a desire to relieve it. Verse 37 – And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.” [NASB] Mercy – eleos (el’-eh-os) – pity, mercy, compassion, tender […]

More Than a Story: Forgiveness

More Than a Story is a 12 week study of the parables of Jesus. This is the second week: FORGIVENESS. [The Unforgiving Debtor: Matthew 18:21-35] Unforgiveness is the POISON we drink hoping another will die When you hold tight to an unforgiving spirit you slowly die to TRUTH and RIGHTEOUSNESS – PRISONER Peter came and […]

More Than a Story: Richness

More Than a Story is a 12 week study of the parables of Jesus. This is the first week: RICHNESS. Message Outline: More Than a Story: Richness [The Rich Fool: Luke 12:13-21] BE ON GUARD AGAINST COVETOUSNESS Covetousness – desire to have more than you have LIFE DOES NOT CONSIST OF ABUNDANCE OF POSSESSIONS Possessions […]