Ears to Hear - Parables of Jesus
Matthew 25:1-13 The Parable of the Ten Virgins reminds us that Jesus will return one day, suddenly and unexpectedly, and when he does we need to be ready! Are you ready? Are you staying ready? These are the questions we need to ask ourselves as we explore this parable together.
Matthew 20:1-16 Is God fair? We want fairness, but what we need more than fairness is God’s grace. The parable of the Workers in the Vineyard, makes us feel quite uncomfortable as we are confronted with the way God, in his perfect wisdom and divine sovereignty, chooses to exercise his grace in saving people.
Luke 15 In this chapter Jesus outlines three parables which teach us about the nature of repentance in the Kingdom of God
Luke 14:1-24 People make all kinds of excuses for refusing to accept Jesus. In the Parable of the Great Banquet, Jesus shows us that unless we accept him, we will never eat at the great banquet in the kingdom of God. We’re all invited. But will we be there? It all depends on how we respond to Jesus.
Luke 12:13-34 In the parable of the Rich Fool Jesus calls out the inadequacy of a materialistic view of the world, and challenges the greed and covetousness that lives in every human heart. We are presented with a stark choice, to pursue material riches, or to live in a way that is rich toward God. The latter is where we will find real security, freedom and joy.
Matthew 18:21-35 Jesus says we should forgive without limit. But how can this possibly be reasonable? Because, and only because, of what has been done for us in the gospel. We must, therefore, ask ourselves a few hard questions: Do we see clearly the enormity of the debt of sin we owe to God? Have our hearts been moved by the overwhelming generosity of God in forgiving our sin, through Christ? Will this make a real difference in our lives,…
Matthew 13:44-46 Jesus tells two stories to teach us that life forever with God through Jesus is the most precious thing in the whole world. If we really believe this is true, we’ll be willing to give up everything to get what Jesus offers us.
Matthew 7:24-27 In this parable Jesus contrasts two kinds of builders – the wise builder and the foolish one. He presents his hearers with a choice – to be wise or foolish themselves. The wise person recognises the reality that God’s word is to be heard and done! The foolish person thinks God’s word is only to be heard. To be kingdom people is to not only hear Jesus’ words but put them into practice.
Matthew 13:1-23 The parable of the soils challenges us to ask the question, “which soil am I?” How do we respond to Jesus and his word? Is my heart fertile soil for Jesus’ words?