Over the next 8 weeks, we’ll be journeying through the most confusing parables of Jesus. We are really excited to be offering 3 ways you can engage in this series each week:
- Fridays at 7pm – We’ll be introducing a parable each week at Zoom Meet Ups
- Mondays – We’ll be sharing a special follow up post online and on Instagram
- Tuesdays at 6pm – We’ll be hosting a 1 hour Zoom call, diving deeper into the context of Friday’s parable and discussing how it may apply to a Covid-19 world.
Here’s a video from The Bible Project and a few thoughts from Pastor Andrew about how to read the parables.
Hey! Its Pastor Andrew. Have you ever thought about why Jesus used so many parables? Its ok if you haven’t. Jesus was a master storyteller, and many of his most well-known teachings were told as parables. But these stories were designed to do much more than simply “teach.” Jesus said the parables were designed to both reveal and conceal his message about the arrival of God’s Kingdom.
There are 3 distinct types of parables; parables about what the Kingdom of God is like, parables about the values of this Kingdom, and parables that serve as a mirror to our own selves and alignment with this Kingdom.
As we journey through these 8 weeks, here are some simple things to keep in mind when you try to interpret what Jesus is getting at in each parable:
- Always look at the ending (last line/phrase) of the parable. This can often be illuminating to understanding Jesus’ point.
- Try your best to find the main character or object that the parable is built on.
- Look for the scene that Jesus is speaking this parable in. It could be back quite a bit depending on the parable.
- Ask yourself: Why did the gospel writer preserve this one? What are they trying to say about Jesus and the Kingdom of God.
Email Pastor Andrew by Friday Noon (email@example.com)
Encounter how we can go to Jesus with our struggles and develop an eye-opening faith.
Read Mark 10:42-56 & Hebrews 11
Pray for 5 minutes each day. This week, think deeply about the habits you’ve developed during Covid-19, asking God to reveal the good and bad ones.
1. What are some new habits you’ve developed over the last 8 weeks of Isolation?
2. Would you define these habits as helpful or harmful? Are there any habits you had that you’ve let go of?
3. Where are you including God in your habits?
HACK: If you really want an honest look at your habits, ask your parent about your isolation habits.
4. How can P. Andrew and your small group leader pray for you this week? Email P. Andrew (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your requests.
All Zoom Calls will be recorded for security purposes only. All participants have the option to turn off their video and audio feeds once in meeting.
- Please join the meeting through your Zoom App or at https://www.zoom.us/join
- Provide the Meeting ID, Password, and include your first and last name in your screen name. If your screen name does not include your first and last name, you will need to log out in order to change it.
- Allow your camera & audio. You will have an option to turn them off in the call.
- Enter the “waiting room” and wait for us to admit you into the call. This may take a few moments so be patient and don’t log out. If you are missing information, we’ll send you a message in the waiting room chat to let you know. You will need to let Pastor Andrew know your screen name if it does not include your first & last name so we know its you.
- You’re in! Have Fun!
Email P. Andrew (email@example.com) your picture and description by Noon Friday!
Encounter how we can go to Jesus with our struggles and develop an eye-opening faith with four clear steps that students can follow when they pray.
Read Mark 10:42-56
Pray for 5 minutes each day. This week, try being silent. Close your eyes, listen to the sounds around you, and focus on your feelings. What do you feel and hear? Where does your mind wander? What do you think God is trying to show you?
Make a list with 2 columns. Write one column with everything you typically focus on, think about, worry about, and put your daily energy to. Make the other column all about your hopes and dreams, who you want to be, what you want God to do in your life, and things you’ve noticed God doing in you.
1. Compare the two columns. Are there any overlaps or similarities? Any conflicting ideas?
2. Is there anything you feel is missing from your list?
3. Where is God in your list? Is there anything you can invite God into?
4. How can P. Andrew and your small group leader pray for you this week? Email Pastor Andrew (firstname.lastname@example.org)
NEW SERIES: Encounter how we can go to Jesus with our struggles and develop an eye-opening faith with four clear steps that students can follow when they pray.
Read Mark 10:42-56
Pray for 5 minutes each day bringing your prayer requests to God.
1. Is there anything troubling you? How can God bring you rest?
2. What simple things can you put in place this week to spend time with God?
3. Is there someone in your life who could use some encouragement?
4. How can P. Andrew and your small group leader pray for you this week? Reply to this email or text P. Andrew (519-362-7005) with your requests.