Parable of Two Builders, or two foundations: A House built on rock; house built on sand. Matthew 7: 24-29; [Luke 6:47-49.]
Parable of the Sower and Four Soils. Seed sown beside the road, the rocky places, the thorns and the good soil. Matthew 13: 1-23
[Mark 4:1-20; Luke 8:4-15.]
Parable of the Wheat and Tares. Jesus unlocks for us the mystery of evil in the world and what we should do about it.
Matthew 13: 24-30; 36-43.
Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Leaven. Amazing growth from a small beginning and extensive transformation once the Kingdom of Heaven is within us. Matthew 13:31-35. [Mark 4:30-32; Luke 13:18.]
Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl of Great Value. The superlative worth of the Kingdom of Heaven. The treasure is worth every sacrifice necessary to secure it, and once secured it is worth every effort to maintain it. Matthew 13:44-46. [Mark 4:30-32; Luke 13: 19-21.]
Parable of the Dragnet. A day of judgment is coming when God will separate the good from the evil. The evil will be judged, found guilty and after separation from the good, thrown into the fiery furnace. Matthew 13: 47-52.
Parable of the Unmerciful Slave. Unlimited personal forgiveness. All of us have been forgiven much more than we will ever forgive.
Matthew 18: 21-35.
Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard. Entry into the Kingdom of Heaven is based on God’s grace and not our merit; given to whomever He pleases, in whatever manner or conditions He pleases and at whatever time He pleases. Matthew 20: 1-16.
Parable of Two Sons. Actions matter more than words and are the only reliable standard for obedience. Matthew 21: 28-32.
Parable of the Landowner, or The Wicked Tenants. A warning about rejecting the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Himself. Matthew 21: 33-46.
Parable of the Wedding Feast for the King’s Son. People respond to God’s invitation for salvation in four different ways. Matthew 22: 1-14.
Parable From the Fig Tree. End-times signs give by our Lord in the Olivet Discourse are certain to take place; meanwhile, attitudes of people on earth will be similar to those during the days of Noah. No one knows the day or hour of His return. Along with the Parable of the Ten Virgins and the parable of the Fig tree, the Parable of the Alert Slaves is one of three parables on the necessity of being watchful and alert for the Lord’s return. Matthew 24: 32-42.
Parable of Ten Virgins. Like the Parable from the Fig Tree, this parable instructs us to be watchful and on the alert for Jesus’ coming. However, unlike the Fig Tree, the Parable of the Ten Virgins teaches us to be prepared for the possibility of a long delay in the return of the bridegroom. Along with the Parable of the Ten Virgins and the parable of the Fig tree, the Parable of the Alert Slaves is one of three parables on the necessity of being watchful and alert for the Lord’s return. Matthew 25: 1-13.
Parable of the Talents. Going beyond the three parables on preparation and watchfulness, (Alert Slaves, Ten Virgins and the Fig Tree), this parable instructs us to be productive in His absence, improving the state of his possessions and Kingdom. Matthew 25: 14-30.
Parable of the Seed. The mysterious and supernatural power of the seed itself to produce a crop. The Gospel message produces fruit, often without much involvement or knowledge on our part once the seed is planted. Mark 4: 26-29
Parable of New Wine in Old Wineskins. The New Covenant will radically break with the traditions of man, but not the law of God. Man-made rituals of Pharisaic Judaism cannot be expected to comprehend or contain the Good News of the Gospel message. Luke 5: 36-39.
Parable of the Lamp. Our lives are like lighted lamps, not to be hidden, but shining forth in a dark world. Luke 8:16-18.
Parable of the Good Samaritan. Best known of Jesus’ parables. Jesus gives the meaning of being a good neighbor to a lawyer who questions Him. Luke 10:25-37.
Parable of the Friend at Midnight. If persistence can obtain three loaves of bread from a reluctant neighbor at midnight, then certainly our earnest prayers will receive our Father’s complete attention. Luke 11:1-13.
Parable of the Rich Fool. Futility of amassing great wealth if one is not also rich towards God presented by our Lord. The parable is given as a warning about covetousness. Luke 12: 13-21.
Parable of the Alert Slaves. Along with the Parable of the Ten Virgins and the parable of the Fig tree, the Parable of the Alert Slaves is one of three parables on the necessity of being watchful and alert for the Lord’s return. Luke 12: 35-48.
Parable of the Barren Fig Tree. God’s patience with men and nations is not without limit. A time of judgment is coming. Luke 13: 6-9.
Parable of the Invited Guests. A warning for anyone who exalts himself--”Before honor comes humility.” Luke 14: 7-11.
Parable of the Dinner. The head of the house (God Himself) has extended a gracious invitation to a lavish dinner (representing eternal life). But those invited make excuses for not responding. Luke 14: 16-24 [Matthew 22: 1-14].
Parables of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin. Jesus is concerned for the lost ones of this world, and were it not for his graciousness in seeking and saving us, we would still be lost. Luke 15: 1-10.
Parable of the Prodigal Son, Part One. Much the same as the Lost Sheep and Lost Coin with the elder brother’s bitterness of spirit added in. Luke 15: 11-24.
Parable of the Prodigal Son, Part Two. The resentments of the elder brother now become the issue. Luke 15: 25-32.
Parable of the Unrighteous Manager. Believers should know how to manage earthly assets to benefit the Kingdom of God. Luke 16: 1-9.
Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus. Concerns for the needs of the poor is the central message, with added revelations of the nature of hell and the death of the righteous. Luke 16: 19-31.
Parable of the Widow and the Unjust Judge. Two vital lessons on prayer: Pray always and never give up. Luke 18:1-8.
Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. Self-justification of any kind is abhorrent to God. A humble and contrite spirit is necessary for true and effective prayer. Luke 18: 9-14.