Parables

Parables of Jesus: "Investment"

Randy Christian

Here are some basic questions about life: What do you have? How did you get it? What have you done with it? What will you end up with? The answer to these questions are determined by the substance of our lives -- and the good news is, we get to determine that!

PARABLES OF JESUS - Investment study guide

Parables of Jesus: "Is This All There Is?"

Randy Christian

Every human being has one thing in common -- there will come a time when his life on earth ends. Sounds heavy -- even somber -- but it is true. So the question is, what then? And does anything that we do now affect what happens then? Jesus gave us the answer in a story.

PARABLES OF JESUS - Is This All There Is? study guide

Parables of Jesus: "The Found Ones"

Edmund Brooks

You know how important something (or someone) is to you when you lose it. So, if you lose it, what you do sheds light on how important it really is! What has Jesus done, and what does that say about how he thinks of you? Knowing the answer can change your life.

PARABLES OF JESUS - The Found Ones Study Guide

Parables of Jesus: "Assumptions"

Randy Christian

It is easy to make assumptions based on our own experiences — particular assumptions about our personal lives. But we all know assumptions can get us in trouble, and it is dangerous to assume without checking it out.

PARABLES OF JESUS - Assumptions Study Guide

Parables of Jesus: "Strength"

Randy Christian

Broken things are rarely strong. Strength comes from not being broken, but brokenness can come individually and in community. In the U.S. right now, there is a lot of division — sometimes so strong that people who say they love one another are inviting the other to leave and never come back. But real strength comes in unity before the Lord, and there are specific steps we can take to limit the disunity and build on the unity God has given us.

PARABLES OF JESUS - Strength Study Guide

Parables of Jesus: "Persistence"

Randy Christian

Sometimes the easy thing is to just stop — stop trying, stop talking to God, stop asking for help. But for some reason God wants us to persist, and Jesus teaches us that the very persistence we want to avoid might be exactly what we are needing.

PARABLES OF JESUS - Persistence Study Guide

Parables of Jesus: "Good Neighbors"

Randy Christian

So who exactly is this “neighbor” I’m supposed to love the way I love myself? How do I know? And what does that “love” look like? Your neighbor just may be someone you don’t like, and have trouble seeing yourself “loving”. But God can change all that and give you the ability to love your neighbors!

PARABLES OF JESUS - Good Neighbors Study Guide

Parables of Jesus: "The Dirt They Live In"

Randy Christian

The gospel is like seed that is planted everywhere, so everyone has a chance to respond. But not everyone receives the gospel the same way. What’s the difference? In large part, how we receive the gospel is related to how we are made up individually. So, if we want people to have a chance to believe, we have to pay attention to the dirt they live in!

PARABLES OF JESUS - The Dirt They Live In Study Guide

Parables of Jesus: "The New and the Old"

Randy Christian

Change can be welcomes or dreaded. But change does come, and, when it does, it often affects far more than what we are hoping for. Sometimes, when change needs to happen, it needs to happen broadly. How can we tell? And how can we handle the good changes?

PARABLES OF JESUS - The New and the Old Study Guide

THAT'S WHAT HE SAID: The Sheep and the Goats

June 24, 2012Randy Christian

“There are two kinds of people in this world…” In the end, that’s what it will come down to. Which kind will we be? Some worry about this and some don’t. None of us should—because we can decide which one we’ll be. In this story, Jesus tells us what could be the most important thing we’ll ever hear—how to be sure we’re the right kind of person when He comes back!

THAT'S WHAT HE SAID: Yes and No

June 17, 2012Randy Christian

When your father asked you to do something, did you say “yes” or “no”? And did you do it? Jesus understood family dynamics and applied them to our relationship with God. On this Father’s Day we will look at his story about two sons and how we can choose which one we’ll be!

THAT'S WHAT HE SAID: Two Debts

June 10, 2012Randy Christian

Most of us like the idea of being forgiven. But forgiving is another thing. It can be really hard to forgive. But Jesus said some pretty strong things about forgiveness. In this story we learn why forgiveness is mandatory for those of us who belong to the Lord—and how to make that happen.

THAT'S WHAT HE SAID: Love Who?

May 20, 2012Randy Christian

Jesus talked a lot about love. Maybe the most surprising thing he had to say was who we are supposed to love—and who might love us. In one of the most famous of His stories, we explore his command to love. But we look for the answer to, “Love Who?”

THAT'S WHAT HE SAID: The Difference of 1

May 13, 2012Randy Christian

Ever hear the saying, “Only a mother could love him”? She got that from God. Sometimes we get so lost in the crowd we wonder if God could care about us. “He’s too busy to worry about me”. But He isn’t. If someone belongs to Him, He cares. This week we listen to Jesus’ story about how much God cares for each one of us!

THAT'S WHAT HE SAID: The Right Kind of Dirty

May 6, 2012Jeremy Lee

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to absorb the gospel into their lives immediately, and others seem to have the words of truth bounce right off of them? And why do some people respond so positively and later seem to go right back to the way they were? This week we open our new series “That’s What He Said” with “The Right Kind of Dirty” and learn what kind of dirty we need to be!