Some things are hard to understand — like chemistry, verb conjugations, the blockchain, or why your friend is mad at you. When we face a problem, situation, or idea we’re struggling to understand, it always helps to know someone we trust can explain it to us. When Jesus was here on earth, he spent a lot of time helping his followers understand some pretty hard-to-understand ideas about God. One of the ways Jesus often made complicated ideas simpler was by explaining them through stories and metaphors, which we call parables. In this four-week series from the Gospels, we’ll explore four of the parables Jesus told his followers to explain four important truths about God. These parables help us see that God’s words are a firm foundation, in God’s kingdom, everyone belongs, God’s words invite a response, and that God’s kingdom is always growing.
WEEK 1 – Sept 10
This week, we’ll unpack the parable of the wise and foolish builders and a praise from the Psalms about God’s love standing firm.
BIG IDEA: God’s words are a firm foundation.
BIBLE: Matthew 7:24-27; Psalm 89:1-4; Matthew 4:4
WEEK 2 – Sept 17
This week, we’ll be challenged by the parable of the workers in the vineyard and a Psalm that proclaims God’s abundant love.
BIG IDEA: In God’s kingdom, everyone belongs.
BIBLE: Matthew 20:1-16; Psalm 145:8-14; Ephesians 2:8-9 3:28
- HSM Small Group Guide wk2 PDF | Image Version
- MSM Small Group Guide wk2 PDF | Image Version
- Reflection pdf | Image Version
- Teaching Guide wk2
WEEK 3 – Sept 24
This week, we’ll discover the meaning of the parable of the sower and hear from the Psalms about how we
BIG IDEA: God’s words invite a response.
BIBLE: Matthew 13:1-23; Psalm 119:105-112; John 6:60-61 & 66
*Share the GOSPEL this week & offer opportunity to respond.
In October we will start a new series. Week 4 of Please Explain will not be used.