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THE

PARABLES

OF

JESUS


The Sower

The Wheat & The Tares

The Pearl & The Dragnet

The Unforgiving Servant


THE

PARABLES

OF

JESUS


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THE SOWER

The Parable of the Sower

Matthew 13:1-12 Later that same day Jesus left the house and sat beside the lake. 2 A large crowd soon gathered around him, so he got into a boat. Then he sat there and taught as the people stood on the shore. 3 He told many stories in the form of parables, such as this one: “Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds. 4 As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them. 5 Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. 6 But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died. 7 Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants. 8 Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted! 9 Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.” 10 His disciples came and asked him, “Why do you use parables when you talk to the people?” 11 He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not. 12 To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them. Matthew 13:18-23 18 “Now listen to the explanation of the parable about the farmer planting seeds: 19 The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts. 20 The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. 21 But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. 22 The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced. 23 The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”


What kind of “ground” am I when I receive the word? ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ Psalm 119:9-11 9 How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word. 10 I have tried hard to find you— don’t let me wander from your commands. 11 I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. How can I develop deep roots? ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ Romans 12:1-2 (NLT) 12 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT) 22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

QUESTIONS.

What are some behaviors and customs of the world? ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________


THE WHEAT

THE TARES


THE WHEAT & THE TARES

Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

Matthew 13:24-32 (NLT) 24 Here is another story Jesus told: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. 1. Jesus set before them to place beside or near or set before 1. food, i.e. food placed on a table 2. to set before (one) in teaching 3. to set forth (from one's self), to explain 2. to place down (from one's self or for one's self) with any one 1. to deposit 2. to entrust, commit to one's charge So, Jesus began to set before them the seed of the word, remember we determined last week we are the field, our heart represents our field. What kind of field are we? 25 But that night as the workers slept, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat, then slipped away. To sleep – is to resemble to become slothful or sin. We can become an enemy to ourselves, our flesh is an enemy to God. Our flesh wants to do the opposite of what or Spirit wants to do. Our flesh will always talk us out of following what the WORD says. When we give into our flesh we then have weeds that can grow in our fields. 1. to go away in order to follow any one, go after him, to follow his party, follow him as a leader. This shows us when we allow weeds to grow we can end up following another. 26 When the crop began to grow and produce grain, the weeds also grew. It’s important to understand that when the crop began to grow the weeds did as well. And the weeds become evident and visible to the eyes.


27 “The farmer’s workers went to him and said, ‘Sir, the field where you planted that good seed is full of weeds! Where did they come from?’ Who is the farmer ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ 28 “‘An enemy has done this!’ the farmer exclaimed. “‘Should we pull out the weeds?’ they asked. 29 “‘No,’ he replied, ‘you’ll uproot the wheat if you do. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn.’” Notice that there is a time frame for weeds to grow together with wheat. Its until Harvest time. Then we see there will be a separation of the weeds and the wheat. 1. harvest, the act of reaping 1. fig. of the gathering of men into the kingdom of God 2. referring to time of reaping, the final judgment, when the righteous are gathered into the kingdom of God and the wicked are cast into hell for ever.

What are some things that we can label that are weeds in our lives?

How can we cut off weeds growing in our lives?

Why is righteousness important?

What happens to the wicked?

QUESTIONS

How can we keep ourselves from becoming “slothful?”


THE

PEARL

&

THE

DRAGNET


THE PEARL & THE DRAGNET

What is a Parable? ____________________________________ _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ Matthew 13:44 (NLT) The Parable of the Hidden Treasure 44 “The Kingdom of Heaven is like (similar, resembling) a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field. *Kingdom – “of the royal power of Jesus as the triumphant Messiah” “the royal power and dignity conferred on Christians in the Messiah's kingdom” Treasure _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ “the place in which good and precious things are collected and laid up” Who is discovering? a human being, whether male or female When discovering the Kingdom, it brings ______________. Sold everything - to hold one's self to a thing, to lay hold of a thing, to adhere or cling to. To give possession of the mind. To be closely joined to a person or a thing Did Christ Jesus buy us? Are we considered a field? 1 Corinthians 6:20 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW) 20 You were bought for a price. So, bring glory to God in the way you use your body. Matthew 13:45-46 The Parable of the Pearl 45 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. 46 When he discovered a pearl of


great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it! Matthew 13:47-52 The Parable of the Dragnet 47 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a fishing net that was thrown into the water and caught fish of every kind. 48 When the net was full, they dragged it up onto the shore, sat down, and sorted the good fish into crates, but threw the bad ones away. 49 That is the way it will be at the end of the world. The angels will come and separate the wicked people from the righteous, 50 throwing the wicked into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 51 Do you understand all these things?” “Yes,” they said, “we do.” 52 Then he added, “Every teacher of religious law who becomes a disciple in the Kingdom of Heaven is like a homeowner who brings from his storeroom new gems of truth as well as old.” Fish ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

How many fish? __________________________________________________

Was the net full? __________________________________________________

What happened to the net when it was full? __________________________

What did they do with all the fish? __________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

QUESTIONS. .


THE UNFORGIVING SERVANT THE UNFORGIVING SERVANT THE UNFORGIVING SERVANT THE UNFORGIVING SERVANT THE UNFORGIVING SERVANT THE UNFORGIVING SERVANT THE UNFORGIVING SERVANT THE UNFORGIVING SERVANT THE UNFORGIVING SERVANT


THE UNFORGIVING SERVANT

Matthew 18:21-35 (MSG) A Story About Forgiveness 21 At that point Peter got up the nerve to ask, “Master, how many times do I forgive a brother or sister who hurts me? Seven?” Lord/Master - he to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has power of deciding; master, lord, the possessor and disposer of a thing, the owner; one who has control of the person, the master in the state: the sovereign, prince. Who should we belong to? _____________________________ _____________________________________________________ Should the Lord own me? _____________________________ _____________________________________________________ Why should I want the Lord to own me? __________________ _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ 22 Jesus replied, “Seven! Hardly. Try seventy times seven. 23-25 “The kingdom of God is like a king who decided to square accounts with his servants. As he got under way, one servant was brought before him who had run up a debt of a hundred thousand dollars. He couldn’t pay up, so the king ordered the man, along with his wife, children, and goods, to be auctioned off at the slave market. “Square Accounts”- of speech, what someone has said, anything reported in speech; a narration, narrative matter under discussion, thing spoken of, affair, a matter in dispute, case, suit at law the thing spoken of or talked about; event, deed, its use as respect to the MIND alone reason, the mental faculty of thinking, meditating, reasoning, calculating (all deal with the mind) Servants/Salves - one who gives himself up to another's will those whose service is used by Christ in extending and advancing his cause among men devoted to another to the disregard of one's own interests a servant, attendant.


26-27 “The poor wretch threw himself at the king’s feet and begged, ‘Give me a chance and I’ll pay it all back.’ Touched by his plea, the king let him off, erasing the debt. ● to set free, to let go, dismiss, (to detain no longer) ● to let go free, release 28 “The servant was no sooner out of the room when he came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him ten dollars. He seized him by the throat and demanded, ‘Pay up. Now!’ 29-31 “The poor wretch threw himself down and begged, ‘Give me a chance and I’ll pay it all back.’ But he wouldn’t do it. He had him arrested and put in jail until the debt was paid. When the other servants saw this going on, they were outraged and brought a detailed report to the king. 32-35 “The king summoned the man and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave your entire debt when you begged me for mercy. Shouldn’t you be compelled to be merciful to your fellow servant who asked for mercy?’ The king was furious and put the screws to the man until he paid back his entire debt. And that’s exactly what my Father in heaven is going to do to each one of you who doesn’t forgive unconditionally in the heart, anyone who asks for mercy.” The Heart - the heart, denotes the center of all physical and spiritual life the vigor and sense of physical life the center and seat of spiritual life the soul or mind, as it is the fountain and seat of the thoughts, passions, desires, appetites, affections, purposes, endeavors. Was the heart motive of the servant pure? a. Why or why not? Was the Master moved with compassion even though the salve had a debt to pay? How can we become a servant of Christ? What will that look like? What happened to the servant when he decided not to forgive another who owed him? Explain how Mercy was in the making?


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The Parables of Jesus  

Curriculum booklet diving into a few of the parables of Jesus, for the teenage student ministry of Anchor Faith Church, The Current.

The Parables of Jesus  

Curriculum booklet diving into a few of the parables of Jesus, for the teenage student ministry of Anchor Faith Church, The Current.

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