Episode 081 – Jesus and His Explosive Parables

Key Passage(s): Deuteronomy 19:15; Acts 1:1

Nearly one-third of Jesus’s teachings are in the form of parables. They are stories he tells to wake up his audience, to challenge their assumptions, to push them to think differently, and ultimately to communicate the message of his movement. But if we don’t understand the nature of parables or how Jesus leveraged them, we will miss their intended purpose – and by association, we’ll miss what Jesus was doing. And we don’t want that to happen. Hence, this episode. 

Discussion Questions

  • What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching? 
  • How have you traditionally understood that nature and purpose of parables? Did you learn anything new that will help you better approach and study the parables? 
  • Of all the parables Jesus told, which one is your favorite? And why? 
  • Klyne Snodgrass wrote in Stories With Intent, “Parables enlighten and instruct, but often with a message that people do not want to hear (p. 159).” What are your thoughts on this? 
  • It was said in the teaching, “We do not grow without tension and challenge. Anything significant in life requires us to be pushed.” Where have you experienced this in your life? 
  • What are you most excited about or hoping to get out of this series on the parables? 
  • How can you begin preparing yourself this week to engage these explosive stories in the weeks to come? 

For Further Study

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  1. Brad, at some point would you explain Mat 13:10-15. Although 2 verses are quoted from Isaiah, it appears that Jesus spoke in parables so the people wouldn’t understand.

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