New Series Beginning 3/1/2020

Jesus taught to a very diverse audience. Often present for his “sermons” would be Pharisees, Sadducees, and scribes; those that have followed him at length and the newly interested; the rich and the poor; disciples and skeptics; men, women, and children; each coming from different occupations and educations.

How do you teach such an eclectic group? The way Jesus answered that question was to teach in parables. Jesus would take something from the physical world that was known to the entire group and give it a spiritual context.

Today, we love to read the parables of Jesus. They are timeless. They are easy to understand. Packed full of so much meaning and direction. The context of the parables, however, may have lost some of its power. Most of us are not farmers or shepherds. We are no longer a cashed based society; we swipe our cards more than we pay with “coins.” We couldn’t name the last time a son went to his father to demand an inheritance before the father’s death.

We recognize the references to Jesus’ parables and within these parables we can find great meaning in them yet, there is so much more that can be discovered. When we find the context of these parables we uncover greater power and purpose! Understanding the events that began the teachings of “The Lost Sheep,” “The Lost Coin,” and “The Prodigal Son” can give us new approach to living out the these parables.

Join with us in the month of March for the sermon series: IF IT WAS ONLY FOR ONE: The Parables of Jesus.


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