Archive for parable

The Parable of the Ten Servants

Posted in Jesus, parable by LifeSpringChurch on April 15th, 2019

This sermon comes from Luke 19:11-27 and concerns a parable Jesus told "to correct the impression that the Kingdom of God would begin right away."  The sermon also takes a look at a question that the parable raises about how to think about and interpret the details of the parable.

The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Posted in Jesus, parable by LifeSpringChurch on April 8th, 2019

From Luke 18:9-14, this sermon looks at the danger of entering into judgment about another person.  Both of the men in the parable probably did not understand the Other.  Jesus said that the "kingdom of heaven" is in the midst of you, meaning that we are each little Temples of God's kingdom and that we should treat each other in the way that Jesus would have us do it.

Lost Things

Posted in Jesus, tax collector, parable by LifeSpringChurch on March 31st, 2019

The parable on which this sermon is based is about the loss of a single coin from a woman's dowery.  The parable was told by Jesus in response to criticism that the religious leaders were aiming at him for associating with the "wrong" people.  It's a telling statement to the church of Jesus about what he expects us to be doing in regard to the lost, alienated, and disenfranchised.

Excuses, excuses….

Posted in Jesus, kingdom, parable by LifeSpringChurch on March 25th, 2019

Jesus told a parable about how invitees to a banquet offered lame excuses about why they couldn't attend.  "I just bought some new property."  "I just bought some livestock."  "My wife requires my attention."  You get the idea; one excuse is as good as another when trying to avoid some sort of responsibility.  

This sermon is about what following Christ looks like.  Luke 14:16-24.

Who Is A Faithful Steward

Posted in Jesus, parable by LifeSpringChurch on March 10th, 2019

Taken from Luke 12:41-26, this is the Parable of the Unrighteous Steward.  In this parable, Jesus tells about a servant that is given charge of the operations of the landowner's property during the landowner's absence.  According to Jesus, the servant assumed he had plenty of time to do what he wanted in his Master's absence, so he mistreated the other servants and didn't take care of business.  The master returns to bring retribution on the lazy servant.

Jesus' point?  At all times live in a prepared way.

Praying with Persistence

Posted in kingdom, parable by LifeSpringChurch on March 4th, 2019

This sermon comes from Luke 11:5-13, a parable about the inconvenience of a neighbor in need.  In this parable and another in Luke 18:1-5, Jesus teaches us about the importance of never giving up in prayer when praying about things relating to the Kingdom of God.

Who is my neighbor?

Posted in Jesus, parable by LifeSpringChurch on March 4th, 2019

In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus raises a question that prompts a difficult answer - Who is my neighbor?  This sermon examines that question from Luke 10:25-37.

Scattering Seed

Posted in Jesus, parable by LifeSpringChurch on February 25th, 2018

This sermon is based on Jesus' parable about the sower and the seeds.  The parable is found in both Matthew and Mark, although the text is for this sermon is from Mark 4:1-12.  It takes a look at the role of wastefulness, external threats, and patience in the planting and care of seeds.

Influence

Posted in parable by LifeSpringChurch on August 8th, 2017

This sermon comes from Matthew 13 and all its agricultural metaphors.  The sermon begins with a look at Matthew's audience (the church at Antioch of Syria in 80-90 AD), and it looks at what possible questions may have arisen for those Christians and how these parables answered them.  It's a good reminder for the 21st century church.

Give An Account

Posted in Jesus, parable by LifeSpringChurch on March 27th, 2017

This sermon has a two-fold - to engage in a theological exercise and to determine the meaning of this parable for modern-day readers.  Is God the stern, unforgiving master in the story, or is the master incidental to the real message?


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