The Prodigal Son
As we ended the previous post, we saw that the Pharisees were unable to see why God shows favor to sinners. Jesus teaching how sinners are a thing of value to God and worthy of being counted, of being found and restored. Telling a story where a rebellious son longs to distance himself from a Father’s authority. And a patient Father willing to grant the son his distance so he might ultimately preserve the relationship. Continue reading
Parables – The Prodigal Son
Parables themselves present clear stories from everyday events that many in the crowd in Jesus’ time would recognize. Jesus did not code His teaching to prevent some people from understanding, since all equally would understand the imagery. All those gathered there certainly comprehended the aspects of the stories related to their everyday lives. The meaning of His teaching was cloaked because (as Jesus Himself stated) only certain people were intended to understand the meaning. By the revelation of the Holy Spirit, believers are able to understand the meaning of His parables. Continue reading
Are You a Cultural Christian?
Coming off last weeks message on the Parable of the Sower, we identified there were four conditions of soil or better described, there were four types of believers. The first two conditions/unbelievers were representative of those who either completely rejected God’s Word or those who have a fleeting encounter with a trial that tests them. Thus, because of that test they don’t put their trust in God’s Word and quickly turned away. And the last two conditions three & four were representative of believers. The condition four believer was the mature, obedient, living a life of sharing God’s love and His Word and producing good fruit in the process. The condition three believer even though they have received God’s Word and believe, they never mature and produce fruit. Their cares are in the world and lose focus on living in obedience and serving their Lord. They spend their time seeking the riches and rewards the world has to offer instead of seeking those things in the eternal kingdom which God has promised was waiting for all believers who serve Him and not the world. Continue reading