Study of Parables

In this episode Veronica and Erika introduce the culture in first century Israel.  They lay a foundation for the upcoming study on parables.  Erika shares what life was like and how Scripture influences every part of daily life.  

In this episode Veronica and Erika conclude their introduction to parables.  They dive into the everyday culture in first century Israel.  

Veronica and Erika consider why the expert in the law approached Jesus and how Jesus and the expert discussed the topic with responding with another question instead of an answer.  

What do a mustard seed, yeast and the kingdom of heaven have in common?  What can baking bread teach you about God’s kingdom?  What does the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of God actually mean?  Where is the kingdom of heaven first mentioned in the Bible?  Even if life seems to be spiraling out of control, why can we be encouraged about future?

Erika digs into Matthew 13:31-33 and find so much hope in these few verses.  

The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray.  What parable did Jesus use?  What can we learn from that rude neighbor and that mean judge?  What should we do when heaven seems silent?  Why should we persevere in prayer?  Have you considered who you are wrestling with when you pray?  Join us as we dig in to Luke 11:5-8 and 18:1-8.  

Have you ever been so low you did something you thought you would never do?  Have you ever had your heart broken by someone?  What did Jesus do that caused the religious people to question who Jesus eats with? In typical rabbinical fashion, Jesus addresses their question with several stories.  Erika takes us to Luke 15 in this episode to look deeper in the parable of the prodigal son.  Join us for part one of two as we look at the younger son and the father in this parable.  

In this episode we focus on the older son in the parable.  For those who have been following God’s commands all our lives, how do we relate to those “sinners” around us?  What should our attitude and outlook be towards them?  

We recently talked about wrestling with God in prayer.  What does this parable teach us about God – the person we are wrestling with?  What do we need to remember that this parable teaches us?

Following along on the heels of the prodigal son, we turn to the parable in Matthew 1821-35 and we dig more into how we should respond to others after we’ve been forgiven.  Veronica and Erika discuss why Peter might have asked Jesus how many times he should forgive.  

What was Jesus thinking about the week before His death?  Who was He giving a final message to before His death?   How do our actions today affect us in the kingdom of heaven? Erika dives into Matthew 22:1-14 today with this parable and answers these questions.  

Have you felt like you can’t teach an old dog a new trick?  Do you ever feel like it’s not fair the new believer gets so many blessings?  What does a rich young ruler and a day worker have in common?  Have you ever struggled with the idea a person who doesn’t deserve it will be in heaven with you?  

Join with us as we go through Luke 19 and the parable of the 10 minas. What’s the context we are missing? What’s the connection with Herod the Great and Archelaus his son? Who’s the King in this parable going on a long journey? Why does it matter how the servants live in the absence of their Master?

Have you read this parable before and wondered what it means?  What do you know about hell or heaven?  Have you considered what happens to us after we die?  Does the Old Testament talk about resurrection or the life to come?  What is Abraham’s Bosom and where did that terminology come from?