Two Men Went Up to Pray

Text: Luke 18:9-14 Jesus used two widely-held stereotypes to make a point in this passage. Pharisees were recognized as religious leaders (officially or unofficially) who scrupulously kept the law. Tax collectors were often viewed as traitors because of their work for the Romans. In Jesus’ parable, both men went to the temple to pray; yet […]

Jeremiah and the Parable of the Sower

Text: Matthew 13:3-9 One of the more well-known parables of Jesus is the parable of the sower. It is a simple parable – its basic point can be explained quickly, yet it teaches an important lesson. It is also one we can build upon to draw out other points. In this lesson, we are going to consider […]

The Road to Jericho

Text: Luke 10:30-37 In this lesson, we’re going to visit one who was traveling the road to Jericho. As we travel down the road to Jericho, we will learn about loving our neighbor. Life Is Uncertain We probably immediately think of this as it relates to the victim – he did not go out expecting […]

The Wise and Foolish Virgins

Text: Matthew 25:1-13 Jesus often used parables to teach spiritual lessons using illustrations the people were familiar with. Many of these parables were about the kingdom – the parable of the wise and foolish virgins is one of them. This parable contains a warning for those of us in the church not to be like the […]

The Parable of the Talents

Text: Matthew 25:14-30 When Jesus taught, He often spoke in parables. These were illustrations using things with which the people would be familiar that were used to describe a spiritual truth. This lesson will look at the parable of the talents to see some lessons we can learn from it. Summary of the Parable Man leaves on […]

Lost Ones

Text: Luke 19:10 When Jesus met Zaccheus, He said He mission was to seek and save the lost. In Luke 15, He told three parables that related to this mission. The overall point was the same, but He used three different parables to make it. Why? Each one provides unique insight into the condition of […]

A Parable About Forgiveness

Text: Matthew 18:23-35 Peter asked Jesus a question about forgiving his brother (Matthew 18:21-22). After answering, Jesus used a parable to explain the answer. We must forgive because we have been forgiven. There are several lessons to be learned from this parable. The King (v. 23) The kingdom of heaven is a spiritual kingdom (John […]