Stories captivate listeners, and carry their attention through plot twists, compelling characters, and poignant lessons. Jesus was a master storyteller, and his parables have allowed two thousand years of hearers the opportunity to learn eternal truths by engaging the imagination to understand the unimaginable. The parables of Jesus span from life, grace, the kingdom now, and the kingdom to come. These stories will capture our attention, awaken insight, and move us to share the stories of God’s work in our lives.
The Rich Man and Lazarus
Sunday, September 19 – This week, we transition from the unimaginable kingdom of God now, to the unimaginable Kingdom to Come. So much more than a lesson in the last will be first and the first will be last, in this parable Jesus describes the experience of heaven contrasted with hell in the context of an uncrossable chasm, testimony, repentance, and resurrection.
Sunday, September 26 – The farmer sowed good seeds, but at night, his enemy came and sowed weeds. Both plants grew among one another. Rather than pulling the weeds, they were allowed to remain until harvest, when they were removed from the grain and destroyed. Why does God permit us to live among unbelievers? What are we to do as the harvest approaches?