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WEEK 1— Jesus, the Story Teller


The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are stories of Jesus, and within these stories we find that Jesus himself was a story teller.  When Jesus wanted to catch people’s attention or wanted them to better understand the Kingdom of God, he told them stories called parables.

Jesus’ parables are little stories taken from every day life.  They are about ordinary people, things, and events that the people around him would have been very familiar.  However, his stories are far from ordinary.  Each parable has an extra-ordinary twist to it, a surprise that catches our attention, perhaps unnerves us, and if we are open, invites us to deeper understanding of life, ourselves, and God. 

Parables also tend to evade a one-size-fits-all “interpretation” or understanding.  There are many layers to Jesus’ parables—both for us personally and communally.  That being said, the parables usually have these characteristics in common:

  • They invite us to ponder, what does it mean to live in the Kingdom of God?
  • They are stories of abundance.  There is always an overflow of grace, generosity, forgiveness, and love in the parables.
  • The parables reflect God’s faithfulness to us and call forth our faithfulness to God.

In the coming weeks, we will immerse ourselves in eight of Jesus’ parables.  May we be blessed with the abundance Jesus offers us in these stories!


Matthew 13:34-35

34Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told them nothing.

35This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet: "I will open my mouth to speak in parables; I will proclaim what has been hidden from the foundation of the world."


Reflect on this week’s scripture.  Are there any words or ideas that especially resonate with you or challenge you?

  • Do you have a favorite parable?  Look it up and read it in light of this week’s introduction.  What is something new you notice in the story that you never noticed before?  What hidden treasure or wisdom do you find?

  • Prayer

    Storytelling God,

    Catch my attention in the ordinary things of life. Unnerve me with your honesty.

    Open my eyes and heart to see your abundance in my life.

    In Jesus’ name, Amen.