From September to November we celebrated our 75th anniversary as a congregation with the theme “I Love to Tell the Story”. It was a great time of reflecting back on God’s faithfulness and how He worked in His church. We noticed that love God and love people was the focus of many of those years as it continues to be here at Evermore.
Yesterday we celebrated remembrance Sunday and the three Sundays before that, we looked at prayer.
Our focus now turns to the “Heart of the Story” as we begin looking at Jesus parables which will lead us into Lent and Holy Week.
Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to the one who has more, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. Matthew 13:10-13
Jesus used the parables to give spiritual truth. A parable is a simple story used to tell a spiritual moral or lesson.
There are around 40 parables that are found primarily in Matthew, Mark and Luke. The parables make up about 1/3 of Jesus teaching. Often Jesus used common everyday things to illustrate lofty Kingdom principles.
We will be looking at the following parables: The Talents, The Lost Sheep, Wise and Foolish Builders, The Ten Virgins, the Sheep and the Goats, Counting the Cost, The Rich Fool just to name a few.
All of us could probably name a favorite parable. Some examples may be: The parable of the prodigal son and the power of God’s forgiveness. The parable of the Good Samaritan and the challenge that it gives for us to be a servant to the hurting of the world. The parable of the sower that challenges us to see what kind of soil our life is and to make sure that we have good soil.
As God works in our lives His story becomes our story as we accept Jesus as our Savior and seek to live lives for Him. We all can tell stories of God’s faithfulness, forgiveness and His love in our lives. In yesterday’s service Love is Verb shared powerful stories of God’s faithfulness.
All praise and honor go to God. As we continue to tell the greatest story ever told, For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
An act of love that did and is changing the world. Truly the heart of the story.