The Parables of Jesus

The Parables of Jesus

The Parables of Jesus Jesus Christ Course, Unit 5 Document # TX001251 The Parables of Jesus

The first ten slides will show an artistic depiction of Jesus parables. Quietly study the image. Use your memory or a Bible to determine what parable is being presented. After some quiet reflection, name the parable.

As a class, recall as much of the parable as you can while still viewing the image. What is the message of the parable? How does the artist portray the message of the parable? What are the common elements between the images and the parables depicted?

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Image in public domain Overview of Parables

A specific style of Jesus teaching Narrative teaching, like storytelling: people are intended to hear the narrative and identify with the characters and the actions Honored tradition among Judean people: parables

passed on wisdom of the ancestors to the next generation A well-crafted parable revealed injustice, led to repentance, and brought about change. Definition of a Parable

A story that uses metaphors based on daily life to convey religious truths Comes from the Greek word parabole, meaning comparison

Common or Core Elements of Parables What are the common or core elements of Jesus parables? Compare things. Use elements from everyday life to relate to

audience. Contain a surprise twist to engage audience. Describe GodGods nature, qualities, or attributes. Give examples of peoples relationships with one another. Explain how God wants people to act, especially if

they want to be a part of the Kingdom of Heaven. Describe the Kingdom. Importance of Parables

They describe God. They describe Gods Kingdom. They are an invitation to enter into the Kingdom of God.

They describe how God wants people to act, especially if they want to be a part of the Kingdom. They are mirrors for people to see their behavior, especially what they need to change. They are a concrete reality that confronts people with the choice to examine their priorities and make

difficult choices. The Parables of Jesus Closing discussion: What is your favorite or most memorable parable? Why?

What character in your favorite parable do you most relate to? Why? Describe the overall message of the parable in your own words.

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