Story Time

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. His ministry was characterized by miracles for masses, confrontations with religious leaders, sermons on mountains, and telling lots of stories. The Word became flesh, and he was a brilliant story-teller.

Jesus had an ability to use images and examples from everyday life to make important points about who he is, what it means to follow him, the nature of the Kingdom that he was bringing with him, and how to live as citizens of that Kingdom.

Jesus told many, many stories, usually referred to as parables . The next few weeks we will be looking at just six of the incredible stories that Jesus told during his ministry: A prodigal son, a good Samaritan, a shrewd manager, a rich man and Lazarus, labourers in the vineyard, and a wedding feast.

The Word became flesh, and he told lots of stories. It’s storytime.

Story Time Series Resources

 

Two ways to Anger the King

Abbotsford – June 4, 2017 – Matthew 22:1-14
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Discussion Questions:

  • Who are the people in your life who have “ received an invitation” (know about Christianity, have heard the Gospel, etc) and yet persistently reject it?
  • How does one’s understanding of Heaven (the Wedding Feast) influence our desire to accept the invitation?
  • The man was thrown out of the feast and into the darkness. Why was he thrown out?
  • What does not “wearing” the proper “wedding clothes” symbolize?

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Everyone Gets a Trophy

Abbotsford – May 28, 2017 – Matthew 20:1-16

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Discussion Questions:

  • Do you think Christians will be divided in heaven between those who obeyed God more in this life and those who did not? Why or why not?
  • Why do we struggle so much to remember the grace of God when we think things aren’t going our way? What practices can we put into place in our lives that would help us remember God’s grace to us more?

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Straight from the Pit of Hell

Abbotsford – May 21, 2017 – Luke 16:19-31

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Discussion Questions:

  • Is Hell just? In what ways does it feel like it’s not? In what ways is it?
  • Why does the rich man plead for someone to go back from the dead to tell his brothers? Has such a person done that?

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The Shrewd Dude

Abbotsford – May 14, 2017 – Luke 16:1-15

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Discussion Questions:

  • What does the word shrewd mean? Is it a good or bad characteristic from a believers point of view? Why do you think this?
  • What is the responsibility of a manager? How does that responsibility transfer into our own worlds?
  • The children of this world are wiser in their generation than the children of light. Who are the children of the world? Who are the children of light?
  • What are some ways that we can determine if we love money more than God?

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Ask How, Not Who

Abbotsford – April 23, 2017 – Luke 10:25-37

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Discussion Questions:

  • We come to famous parables with preconceived ideas. How have you previously understood this parable? Did the sermon change your mind in any ways?
  • What are some ways we try to limit who we need to love? Do you find it difficult to love certain types of people
  • How can we better love those around us? Think in particular about people in your neighborhood, your workplace, and the local church. Are we willing to hold each other accountable to putting this into practice?

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A Story of 2 Sons

Abbotsford – April 23, 2017 – Luke 15:11-32

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Discussion Questions:

  • What was your view of God growing up? Where did it come from? Was he more wrathful than loving or more loving than wrathful?
  • In what ways do you identify with the younger son?
  • Why is the older son mad?
  • How does the story of the older son end?

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