Encountering Jesus in the New Testament (Third Edition)

Chapter 4: The Parables


Film Focus: In another episode of 3 Minute Theology, Joan Watson discusses the Parables of Jesus as both revelator-- in that they teach the listener about the beauty of the Kingdom of God --but also veiled for those who are not ready to see the mysteries.


Text Focus: Pages 192-196


Discussion Questions:


1.   Is Jesus trying to hide his message when he is speaking in parables? Explain your answer.

2.   Where do we get the word for parable? How does knowing the entomology of this word help us

to gain a deeper understanding of Jesus’ parables?

3.   How were these parables challenging for those who understood the coming of the Kingdom of

God in a worldly sense of the word kingdom?

4.   Do you feel prepared to hear the mysteries of the parables? Why or why not? What can you do to make yourself more prepared?

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