The Meaning and Use of Parables in the New Testament The New Testament gospels in the Bible are full of parables by Jesus. A parable is defined as “a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson” (as told by Jesus in the gospels). There were many parables he would tell to make the essence of the lesson easier to fathom. There are several reasons why he would use parables. One of the reasons is because parables would make principles easier to understand.
Acts is a chapter in the Bible that mirrors the most important values--values found in Christ--that I, as a follower of Christ, am capable of interpreting and incorporating into my daily life. Acts is not meant to be a complicated book with its all-inclusive and interweaving events surrounding the history of Jesus and his followers, but it is rather aimed towards aiding humans to critically think and understand the reasoning behind these evident stories in order to teach us lessons so that we might teach others these lessons in turn. I believe that the meaning and purpose of Acts is to teach us how to be Christians and teach others according to the lessons taught by Jesus and his followers. The question is: what valuable lessons are in Acts that we might teach others? By following good examples discovered in the book of Acts, I have stumbled upon some important events surrounding lessons about boldness, faith, salvation and freedom.
Discipleship and Mark's Gospel Mark's Gospel can tell us the entire truth about discipleship, telling Christians about the faith, responsibility, and sacrifice involved in following Jesus. Some may even say that we glimpse a harsh reality of what it really means to be a true Christian disciple and to have complete faith. Although in saying this, it is important to note that Mark's Gospel does also cover the rewards and the actual meaning of discipleship. This is important to include as Mark's Gospel was written at a time when Christians endured much persecution. They may have wondered why they should tolerate this treatment without any kind of reward and so Mark included this in his gospel.
When we act it is always best to do it with love. The Bible promotes the well being of living a healthy and moral life. Old teachings that create a incorporeal s... ... middle of paper ... ...or those who abide by its teachings of love and faith. The religious aspect of life has created a balance of good and bad so that all bad doing does not corrupt the world. The idea of a heaven and hell for those who believe has created fear in committing violence.
In Ephesians, Paul explains... ... middle of paper ... ...that can be followed by any believer. One of the keywords in the book’s title is ‘practical’ as Kevin Gary Smith successfully brings his points across so that readers can apply them to their day-to-day lives. When partnered with the Holy Spirit, however, the book not only fulfills it’s aim but also gives it’s audience a clearer picture of God’s greatness and the incredible worth of His Son’s sacrifice upon the cross. I would recommend this work to all Christians. It is important to understand how the Old and New Testaments work together to paint a picture of God’s incredible grace and love for His people.
At one stage, it was said of Jesus, 'He would not speak to them without using parables'. He used parables to convey his teachings because people liked to listen to stories, and so, were attentive when he preached. Parables are also memorable and He wanted His listeners to remember the teachings behind the stories and provoke a response from them. This encouraged them to think for themselves and once they had worked out the meaning, they were more likely to remember it. Parables were easy for ordinary people to understand as they related to things that were familiar in everyday life, and it is because of this that Jesus used them to portray things less familiar in the spiritual world and in the r... ... middle of paper ... ... relate to the feelings of the elder son in the parable of 'The Prodigal Son'.
Also, Peter commands his readers, "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." (1 Peter 3:15, NIV). My perspective on this subject has the potential to influence those around me because knowing God helps me to help others. The more I know about the Bible the more I can help others understand who God is and what he has done for them.
This is not merely a cerebral process achieved through the presentation of facts, but it requires a emotional and spiritual encounter with the Holy Spirit. This process is best achieved through an appeal to the senses that helps congregants experience the Bible. As Thomas states, “If we want people to experience rather than solely intellectualize the good news, then we must construct sermons that help people see, taste, hear, touch, and feel the gospel.”2 The greatest motivation for life transformation is through personal identification with Gospel and the presented need for Jesus Christ. This occurs the the engagement of the senses so that individuals become emotionally involved in the story of God presented in the Bible leading to them, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to find their place with the continually unfolding story of God at work in the world
It seems as if Wright uses tho... ... middle of paper ... ...rch and every Christian to live out the message of Jesus Christ in our everyday lives. In conclusion, I do think that Wright did an adequate job of sustaining his thesis. In some chapters I feel as if he was more thorough than others but overall he proved his purpose, which was to understand who Jesus was in light of the time period he was living in, what it means to follow Jesus and to live out the gospel in our day-to-day lives. He provided the reader with applications and challenges in light of our basis of faith. Overall I believe that Wright did a sufficient job of supporting his thesis.
In our hermeneutics class textbook “Christ Centered Preaching, Redeeming the Expository Preaching” by Byran Chapell; states the one key element of a sermon is “Unity.” The sermon should hopefully communicate God’s truths and not just thoughts that would disconnect the audience. Also, it states when a sermon has unity, a preacher has the ability to focus on a depth of the subject. This is profound because no matter how you structure a sermon it has to bring home the heart of God. The one passage that betrays, what Expository preaching can do is John 1:1-4. “The beginning was the Word… He is God…Through Him all things are made…In Him is life!