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Summer Sermon Series

Approximately 35% of the teachings of Jesus come to us in parables. A parable is a story that connects the hearer to something happening at a deeper level. Literally, the word “parable” means to cast alongside. In order for us to understand the deeper reality of the Kingdom of God appearing in our midst, Jesus casts a story about something everyone would know, alongside a reality that was hidden. Therefore, His stories both connected the first audiences but also challenged them with their unexpected conclusions.

 

Today’s stories reign supreme as they always have. They are easy to remember, easy to share, and easy to use to illustrate ideas. Entire industries are built on the telling and sharing of stories (TED, TikTok, Instagram, Disney, the list goes on). As the culture shares its values through story, it is important that we hear from Jesus the depth of true reality that we often overlook. God’s values are not meant to restrict our lives, but rather to invite us into the freedom we receive when we give up the idols of this world, are set free from addictions (both substances and power systems), and stop trying to create our own identities.

 

Curiously, Jesus often said that the meaning of the parables would be hidden from many. He was indicating that most people would interpret them through their own lenses and their own value systems.  Therefore, they would never see that the parables were truly revealing God's Kingdom in our midst. The “kairos moment” diagram below can help us as we read these stories.  Let us keep asking these questions: What is God saying to me, and how will I respond? 

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Sermon Schedule:

June 20

Growing Seed

Matthew 13

David VanOpstall

June 27

Unjust Judge/Persistent Widow

Luke 18:1-8

Dann Stouten

July 4

Talents

Matthew 25:14-30

Dann Stouten

July 11

Unmerciful Servant

Matthew 18:21-30

David VanOpstall

July 18

Barren Fig Tree

Luke 13:6-8

David VanOpstall

July 25

Workers in the Vineyard

Matthew 20:1-16

Dann Stouten

August 1

Treasure / Pearl of Great Price

Matthew 13:33-46

David VanOpstall

August 8

10 Virgins (Watchfulness)

Matthew 25:1-3

Dann Stouten

August 15

Good Samaritan

Luke 10:25-27

Dann Stouten

August 22

Great Banquet

Luke 14:15-24

David VanOpstall

August 29

Lost Sheep/Coin/Son

Luke 15

David VanOpstall

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