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Parables of Jesus

Windows into Reality

The Hidden Treasure and a Priceless Pearl

Matthew 13:44-46 • September 16, 2018 • Pastor Adam Sinnett

This morning we are beginning a new series, The Parables of Jesus: Windows into Reality, over the course of which we will explore ten of Jesus’ most famous parables. Today, we begin in Matthew 13:44-46 with the parable of the hidden treasure and, its pair, the pearl of great price. We start here because these parables, in a way, encompass all the others. Here Jesus illustrates the unrivaled worth of God’s Kingdom and invites us to consider: What is my greatest treasure? And, more importantly, am I living for the greatest treasure?

The Parable of the Talents

Matthew 25:14-30 • September 23, 2018 • Pastor Adam Sinnett

This morning we are entering our second week in a new series, The Parables of Jesus: Windows into Reality, in which we are exploring ten of Jesus’ most famous parables. Today, we reach the Parable of the Talents, found in Matthew 25:14-30. This parable is used to highlight the value of stewardship—which is good and right—but there’s much more to it than that. This parable challenges the very foundations of how we see reality and what we do with our lives.

The Parable of the Soils

Mark 4:1-20 • September 30, 2018 • Pastor Adam Sinnett

This morning we are in the third week of our series, The Parables of Jesus: Windows into Reality, in which we are exploring ten of Jesus’ most famous parables. Today, we reach the Parable of the Soils, found in Mark 4:1-20. This parable reveals why people respond to Jesus so differently. Our response to him is dependent on the condition of the soil of our heart—and only one soil produces a harvest that will last.

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

Matthew 18:21-35 • October 7, 2018 • Pastor Adam Sinnett

Today, we reach the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant, found in Matthew 18:21-35. This parable contains Jesus’ major treatment on forgiveness. Living in a broken world, as a broken person, surrounded by broken people will provide ample opportunity to forgive and be forgiven. But, why should we forgive?

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Luke 10:25-37 • October 14, 2018 • Pastor Adam Sinnett

Today, we reach the Parable of the Good Samaritan, found in Luke 10:25-37. This is one of Jesus’ best known and most loved parables but it may also be one of his most misunderstood. As we’ll see, this is not ultimately a story about showing grace to those in need, but a story that highlights our need for grace.

The Parable of the Rich Fool

Luke 12:13-21 • October 21, 2018 • Pastor Adam Sinnett

This morning we are continuing our series, The Parables of Jesus: Windows into Reality, in which we are exploring ten of Jesus’ most famous parables. Today, in the Parable of the Rich Fool, Jesus invites us to consider where we believe life is found and challenges commonly held assumptions about the role of material possessions. If life does not consist in the abundance of our things then in what does it consist?

The Parable of the Prodigal Son

Luke 15:11-32 • October 28, 2018 • Pastor Adam Sinnett

Today, we reach the Parable of the Prodigal Son, found in Luke 15:11-32. This parable is among the most influential and loved of all of Jesus' parables. It’s a beautiful story, but its not merely a story. Ultimately, this parable is a life-changing and soul-thrilling window into God's compassion for lost sinners—like you and I.

The Parable of the Vineyard Worker

Matthew 20:1-16 • November 4, 2018 • Pastor Adam Sinnett

This morning we are continuing our series, The Parables of Jesus: Windows into Reality, in which we are exploring ten of Jesus’ most famous parables. Today, we reach the Parable of the Vineyard Workers, found in Mt. 20:1-16. This parable highlights God’s extravagant grace and the human heart’s propensity to envious grumbling. It shocks us with God’s undeserved favor, warns us against heartblinding envy, and sends us into the city with good news at the eleventh hour.

The Parable of the Rich Man & Lazarus

Luke 16:19-31 • November 11, 2018 • Pastor Craig Sturm

Today, we reach the Parable of the Rich Man & Lazarus, found in Luke 16:19-31. In this unique parable Jesus is soberly calling us to examine our lives in regards to what we value the most; what we are truly living for; and what that says about the condition of our hearts.

The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Luke 8:9-14 • November 18, 2018 • Pastor Adam Sinnett

Today, we end on the Parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector, found in Luke 18:9-14. This parable is a beautiful, yet shocking, picture of the upside-down nature of the kingdom of God. It confronts us with the all-important question, “How do I know where I stand with God?” and is a fitting conclusion to our series.