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The Parables of Jesus Christ
Entry into God's Kingdom
God's Concern for the Lost
Matt 18:12-14; Lk 15:3-7
God's primary concern is for those who stray
God rejoices over the repentance of one sinner
All who repent are heirs of God's forgiving grace without
Prerequisite Attitudes to Enter God's
Placing Value on Eternal Things
Matt 22:2-14; Lk 14:16-24
Though many are invited to partake of eternal life, few
many have trivial excuses.
Saving faith has the quality of valuing the kingdom above all
Great Price Matt 13:45,46
Total commitment to the kingdom should be given because of its
The faith that saves is one that looks to eternal rewards
rather than earthly material things
Application Oriented Faith
Man's Foundation Matt 7:24-27; Lk 6:47-49
Obedience to the word of God provides a strong foundation for
Reluctant obedience is more acceptable that fake obedience.
The "irreligious" Jew who repents will enter the kingdom
the unfaithful Jewish leaders.
If you do not forgive in the manner that God forgave you,
you be forgiven.
Sufficient Information to Enter God's
Man and Lazarus Lk 16:19-31
The Word of God contains sufficient information to persuade
into the kingdom apart from their personal experience of
Seed Mk 4:26-29
God will bring about His kingdom apart from human effort
Nominalism - False Believers
Matt 13:24-30; 36-43
Until the judgment day, it may be difficult to distinguish
real and nominal Christians within the kingdom of God.
Matt 13:31,32; Mk 4:30-32; Lk 13:18,19
Though the kingdom begins small, it will be large at the end.
Matt 13:33; Lk 13:20,21
And non-Christians will nest in its branches.
Nominalism grows quickly in the Kingdom
Though many enter into Christendom, they will be separated on
What about Israel & Judaism?
Attitude Towards the Old Covenant
Judgment upon unbelieving Israel
Matt 21:33-45; Mk 12:1-12; Lk 20:9-19
In the present age God has transferred stewardship of His
unbelieving Israel to other stewards
The Christian Walk
Application of God's Word
Disciples should be able to draw spiritual truths and
from the Jesus' teachings.
Serving God - Obedience
Disciples of Jesus are to remain faithful until He returns
One must be prepared for the coming of Christ by commitment to
Disciples are not to expect gratitude for everything they do;
Service must come from a sense of mission
Matt 13:3-23; Mk 4:2-20; Lk 8:4-15
Productivity within the kingdom depends on the kind of response
the Word one makes.
God will bring judgment on those who produce no fruitfulness to
Christians should develop mastery over material things in
Christian love is to provide for the needs of others impartially
Gratitude of the Redeemed
The Light of the Redeemed
a Basket Matt 5:14-16; Mk 4:21,22; Lk 8:16,17;
Christians should promote rather than suppress the truth
Persistence in Prayer
at midnight Lk 11:5-13
If a neighbor will certainly help in time of need rather than
shame on himself,
how much more will God meet the needs of those who ask
If an unjust judge will give justice because of persistence, how
more will the just and gracious God make things right at the
Christ's Return and the Final Judgment
Faithful and Wise Servant Lk 12:35-40
The faith that saves is one that looks to the return of the
The Fig Tree
Matt 24:32-44; Mk 13:28-32; Lk 21:29:33
There will be signs of Christ's coming available for Christians.
Those who intend to meet Christ at His return must be prepared
of the imminence of His coming.
Servants Matt 24:45-51; Lk 12:42-48
All true followers of Jesus will watch and be ready for His
True followers of Jesus will watch and be ready for His return.
The Berean Christian Bible