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 Lamp Under a Bushel
Sunday, May 30 – The parable of the Lamp Under a Bushel illuminates for us Jesus teaching that we are the light of the World. As he himself is the light of the world, we are a reflection of that light, shining into our homes, places of work, and neighborhoods. If he is shining his light into our lives, but we hide that light in an attempt to fit in with the world around us, his light does not reach where he intends. But, if we imagine the unimaginable life, and boldly let our light shine before others, the light of Jesus will shine and glorify the Father.
The Pharisee and the Tax Collector
Sunday, June 6 – The parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector compares and contrast two very different approaches to prayer. One is boastful, relying on his accolades to impress God and those who see him. The other is humble, admitting his sinfulness and seeking the mercy of God. Imagining the unimaginable life is not about clinging to our greatness, truly inimaginable life results when God hears the prayers of one who humbly repents.
The Persistent Widow
Sunday, June 13 – The Parable of the Persistent Widow drives home the teaching of Jesus that our prayers should be never-ending. We are to pray without ceasing. Prayer is not a one-and-done event. God promises to hear and respond to our prayers. The unimaginable life results when God is faithful to answer our prayers, even if his answer is better than the thing for which we ask.
The Wise and Foolish Builders
Sunday, June 20 – The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders provides guidance for the foundation of our lives. As tempting as it may be to have a home right on the beach, it is a dangerous place to be during hurricane season. The same is true for our lives. If we base our lives on a foundation of worldly wisdom, our lives will crumble under the storms of life. Instead, the unimaginable life is one that is built on the Word of God and becomes a life that can withstand even the most difficult challenges of life.
The Rich Fool
Sunday, June 27 – The Parable of the Rich Fool reminds us that if God has blessed you with abundance, the foolish response is to increase your capacity to hold more blessings. Instead, the unimaginable life knows that you can’t take your worldly wealth with you. True abundance – the unimaginable life – is found when earthly wealth is rich towards God – shared with the Kingdom of God and used to His glory.
Count the Cost
Sunday, July 4 – Today is Independence Day. A day we celebrate our freedom. Our freedom came (and continues to be preserved) with great cost. Many people gave their lives in service to our country to protect our freedom. The cost of being a disciple also comes with a great cost. For some, the cost may be too great. But for those who seek the unimaginable life, the reward far outweighs the cost.