The Parable of the Father

December 7th, 2014

A Long Way Off - Luke 15:20

  • Sinners & Enemies? - Romans 5:8-10

Blessing? - Luke 15:22-24

  • How God has blessed you - Ephesians 1:3-12

The Older Brother - Luke 15:22-24

Two Ways to Find Happiness?

Self discover      <-      ->  Moral conformity

Younger brother                Older Brother

Sinners                            Pharisees

  • A Third Way - Matthew 4:19, John 8:12

The Father's Response - Luke 15:31-32

  • You are always with me - Relationship
  • Everything I have is yours - Provision

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The Parable of the TWO Sons

November 30th, 2014

Two Groups <> Two Brothers - Luke 15:1-2

  • How well do you really listen?
  • What are the assumptions that impact your hearing?

Wealth & Freedom - Luke 15:11-16

3 Bad Decisions

Feeding pigs?

Looking for wealth, he found poverty.

Seeking to be free, he found bondage.

1 Timothy 6:9-10

Waking up - Luke 15:17-24

A Pigsty Strategic Plan

A Father's Proactive Response

  • He saw
  • He was filled with compassion
  • He ran to his son
  • He threw his arms around him
  • He kissed him

The Father Blessed Him

God's reckless grace is our greatest hope.

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The Parable of the Good Samaritan

November 23rd, 2014

Christianity for Dummies - Luke 10:25-29

Illusion of Spirituality - Luke 10:30-33

The Good Samaritan "Go and do likewise: - Luke 10:33-37

See - Matthew 9:36

Feel - Matthew 9:36, 1 Corinthians 13:1, John 11:35

Act - Matthew 9:37, Galatians 6:10

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The Parable of the Two Houses

November 2nd, 2014

Are You a Wise Person? - Matthew 7:24

  • How well do you hear?
  • How well do you put truth into action? - James 1:22-25

What is Beating Against Your House? - Matthew 7:25

  • The reality of storms - John 16:33
  • The testing of your faith - James 1:2-4
  • The trail of persecution - 1 Thessalonians 3:2-5, John 15:18-21

Am I A Foolish Person? - Matthew 7:26

  • The fool test - Psalm 14:1, Proverbs 14:9, Proverbs 17:28, Proverbs 18:2, Proverbs 28:26
  • The art of deception - 1 Corinthians 3:18, 1 John 1:8

Will My House Crash? - Matthew 7:27

  • Building foundations - 1 Corinthians 3:10-15
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The Parable of the Wedding Banquet

October 26th, 2014

Rejection - Matthew 22:1-7

  • A Persistent King
  • Excuses
  • Judgment

Open Invitation - Matthew 22:8-10

  • To the Bad?
  • To the Good?

Dress code - Matthew 22:11-13

  • Rebellion - Matthew 5:20
  • The Robe - Romans 4:18-25

Chosen - Matthew 22:14

  • Did you send your invitation response in?
  • Confirm - 2 Peter 1:10

  • Con
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The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

October 12th, 2014

Workers in the vineyard - Matthew 20:1-16

Our blank contract with Jesus - Matthew 16:24-25, Matthew 8:19-20, Luke 17:10, John 10:10, John 1:4, John 14:6

Beware of comparing - Galatians 5:19-21, James 3:14-16. 2 Corinthians 10:12

Abilities, gifts, role - 1 Corinthians 12:14-20, 1 Peter 4:10

Others' lifestyle, "advantages" - Psalm 37

Trials, path and calling - John 21:15-22

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The Parable of the Two Debtors

October 5th, 2014

Uninvited Guest - Luke 7:36 - 48

Simon Assumptions - Luke 7:39

Parable of the Two Debtors - Luke 7:40-43

Do you see this woman? - Luke 7:46-48, 1 John 4:10, 1 John 4:19, Luke 18:9-14

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The Parable of the Weeds

September 28th, 2014

The Kingdom of Heaven is like - Matthew 13:24-30

The Problem of Evil . . . 3 Questions

Farming 101 - Matthew 13:36-43

  • Two Sowers - 1 Corinthians 3:5-9
  • The Field
  • Two Crops

The Harvest According to Jesus - Matthew 13:39-43

  • The End of the Age - Acts 17:31
  • Harvesters -> Angels
  • Reality Check -> Judgment
    • Matthew 23:33
    • Matthew 25:31-34, 41
    • Revelation 20:11-15

Application

  1. How does the truth of the harvest impact how I live?
  2. Am I sowing the seed of the gospel?

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