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   The Unwise Steward
   Luke 12:42-48; Matthew 24:45-51
Sunday School,  May 14, 2017
Being a steward of Christ places important responsibilities upon our shoulders.

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   The Rich Fool
   Luke 12:13-21
Sunday School,  April 30, 2017
Jesus had much to say about money. Sixteen out of thirty-eight parables deal with how to handle money or possessions. While the Bible contains approximately 500 verses on prayer and less than 500 verses on faith, it contains more than 2,000 verses dealing with money and possessions. Why is this topic so important? Money is one of the greatest sources of anxiety, can become our god and steal our heart. In an attempt to teach a young man the proper place of money, Jesus shares with him this parable of the rich fool.

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   Parable of Leaven
   Matthew 13:33; Luke 13:20-21
Sunday School,  April 23, 2017
How is the Kingdom of Heaven like yeast? Is the Kingdom of Heaven different than the Kingdom of God? A discussion of the parable and a comprehensive view of the Kingdom of Heaven aims to help develop a greater understanding of God's Kingdom.

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   The Good Samaritan
   Luke 10:25-37
Sunday School,  April 9, 2017
What is our responsibility to others? How obligated are we? How much does God expect us to do? Jesus reminds the people not only of their obligation to love God but also to love their neighbor in this parable.

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   Children in the Marketplace
   Matthew 11:11-18; Luke 7:11-35
Sunday School,  April 2, 2017
Christ likens His listeners who liked neither Him nor John the Baptist to quarrelsome children.

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   The Wise and Foolish Builder
   Matthew 7:24-27; Luke 6:47-49
Sunday School,  March 19, 2017
Jesus concludes his Sermon on the Mount with a series of parables and illustrations leading his hearers to the point of decision. He describes two gate and two roads (Matt. 7:13-14), two trees and two fruits (Matt. 7:15-20), and two foundations. As he concludes with an emphasis on the two foundations and the two builders, wise and foolish, Jesus is leading his hearers to the point of decision. Will they follow Jesus and his words or will they continue to follow the teaching of the scribes and pharisees? Their decision will determine whether the house of their lives will stand or fall.

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   Parable of the Alert Servants
   Mark 13:34-37
Sunday School,  March 12, 2017
During the Tribulation Period, there will be all kinds of signs that will indicate the soon return of Jesus Christ to the earth. For believers today, there are no signs that will signal His return. The disciples were looking for signs for the end of the present age (Mark 13:4). Jesus relates to them the Parable of the Alert Servants. Alertness was necessary for both the porter and the servants in the parable and for every believer since that day. Jesus said, “I SAY UNTO ALL, WATCH.” The Lord’s coming is imminent which reveals that He could return at any moment. Until that moment, as His servants, we all have a work to do (13:34). We are to keep busy serving Him until He returns and while serving, we must be ALERT - WATCHING. Jesus will return to the earth personally and gloriously. We need to be ready with great anticipation.

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   The Fig Tree
   Matthew 24:32-33; Mark 13:28-29; Luke 21:29-31
Sunday School,  March 5, 2017
The fig tree is not Israel, nor does it refer to the church. This passage was not fulfilled in Jesus’ generation; so what does it mean by “this generation”?

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   The Wicked Vinedressers
   Matthew 21:33-45; Mark 12:1-12; Luke 20:9-19
Sunday School,  February 26, 2017
Christ continues His parables preparing for the New Covenant, enraging the religious rulers.

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   The Mustard Seed
   Matthew 13:312-32; Mark 4:30-31; Luke 13:18-19
Sunday School,  February 19, 2017
The mustard seed symbolizes something very small and insignificant that experiences enormous growth. The parable is all about KINGDOM GROWTH. The mustard seed produces a large plant, not actually a tree, and yet large enough for birds to sit in its branches. The elements of the parable include a man who sows the seed and in this case, it is Jesus Christ sowing the seed of the Gospel. The field is the world, though the Kingdom includes the universe and Heaven. The seed is the Word of God, the message of the King. The growth speaks of the advancement of the kingdom and is witnessed today in terms of the growth of the church. The birds represent the presence of evil, satanic interference in the Kingdom.

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   Sower and the Seeds
   Matthew 13:3-23
Sunday School,  February 12, 2017
This parable has been referred to by some as the parable of parables. It is the key to understanding the rest of the Kingdom parables. Jesus gives us a detailed interpretation of the parable as He explains it to his disciples. In Mark 4, Jesus even asked his disciples how they would understand the rest of the parables if they did not understand this one. The parable of the sower describes how the kingdom begins.

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   The Children of the Bride-chamber
   Matthew 9:10-15; Mark 2:18-20; Luke 5:33-35
Sunday School,  January 29, 2017
Matthew immediately obeyed when Jesus called him. The Pharisees failed to realize there are two kinds of associations with evil men. What about fasting today? There are reasons to fast and the proper manner of doing so. It has no ritual significance. The children of the bride-chamber are those preparing the wedding. No need to fast during this great time of joy.

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   The Two Trees
   Matthew 7:15-20
Sunday School,  January 22, 2017
It is easy to miss great spiritual truths when we fail to look at and understand the context in which they are given. This parabolic illustration by Jesus Christ is not about trees and the context makes this clear. In the context of the Sermon on the Mount and chapter 7 in particular, Jesus gives us a a life principle that is very important in our relationships with other believers. We are not to judge one another but we are to be discerning. What some call the Golden Rule in verse 12 is a guiding principle by itself. We are to be discerning whether or not a tree (brother or sister in Christ) is yielding good fruit or evil fruit. You may discern that some are not truly Christians and these must be avoided lest you are influenced by their evil fruits.

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   Two Gates and Two Ways
   Matthew 7:13-14
Sunday School,  January 15, 2017
There are lots of two's in this lesson. Two gates, two ways, two responses to Christ's teaching in the Sermon on the Mount, two choices, two groups, two ends (results). Do not make this passage teach that you can lose salvation if you slip and fall into things along the broad road. That would bring you around to teaching salvation by works.

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   Stones and Serpents
   Matthew 7:7-12
Sunday School,  January 1, 2017
Matthew 7 is the last part of the Sermon on the Mount given by Jesus. In verses 1 - 12, Jesus used three parabolic phrases as comparatives to teach on three different subjects.In verses 1 - 5, He gave instruction concerning judging others and used the comparison of the mote and the beam. In verse 6, He gave instruction on witnessing and used the comparison of the dogs, pearls and swine. In our study today, Jesus provides instruction on the subject of prayer in verses 7-12 and used a comparison between bread and a stone and fish and a serpent. All three instructions related to the first lesson concerning judging others.

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   Birds and Lillies
   Matthew 6:25-34
Sunday School,  December 18, 2016
Jesus exhorts His followers not once, not twice, but three times to not worry and fret over the material needs of this life. What is Jesus actually teaching in this passage? What is He not teaching? Is it truly possible to live worry-free lives?

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   The Mote and the Beam
   Matthew 7:1-6 , Luke 6:37-38
Sunday School,  December 11, 2016
God’s Word specifically commands us not to JUDGE one another. Matthew 7:1 states, Judge not, that ye be not judged. Romans 14:13 commands us not to judge one another. James 4:11 states that we are not to speak evil of another. In Matthew 7:1-6, Jesus uses a parabolic statement to emphasize this command. Why behold the mote that is in your brother’s eye, but consider not the beam that is thine own eye? It is not wrong to exercise discernment, but we must always start with ourselves. Most of us need to do some personal eye surgery before we try to perform such on someone else. We should always strive to glorify God in all our relationships and we must always choose to respond to others with love. That will cause us to treat them as we would like to be treated.

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   Moths and Thieves
   Matthew 6:19-20
Sunday School,  December 4, 2016
Lasting and truly valuable treasure. Our hearts will be focused on what we treasure and where we treasure it. If our focus is not on serving God we will be slaves to this world's wealth.

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   The Two Masters
   Matthew 6:22-24
Sunday School,  November 27, 2016
Who we serve depends on what we choose to experience and what we choose to do.

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   Light and a City
   Matthew 5:14-16
Sunday School,  November 20, 2016
In the midst of a world that Jesus stated was not only living in darkness, but loved their darkness (John 3:19-21), he has commanded believers to be the light. The purpose is not to draw attention to ourselves but so that through our good works men and women in darkness will glorify God.

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   Salt and Its Savor
   Matthew 5:13
Sunday School,  November 13, 2016
This metaphor is a part of a much larger sermon, the Sermon on the Mount. To accurately understand and interpret it, one must view it in the context in which Jesus used it. In order to be salt in the world as Jesus intended his disciples to be, they must understand and apply the beatitudes.

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   Series Introduction: The Parables of Jesus
   
Sunday School,  November 6, 2016
The parable is a literary form used often by Jesus Christ 1) To make ideas clear and intelligible, 2) to make lasting impressions, 3) to veil truth through the use of pictures that might otherwise cause offense, to elicit a judgment in one sphere in order to transfer it to another and 4) to fulfill prophecy (Matthew 13:34, 35; Psalm 78:2). There were those whose hearts and minds were closed to anything Christ would have spoken and to these, Jesus used parables to speak directly, as He did with the Scribes and Pharisees. Some of the parables contained mysteries so that His genuine followers would understand while others could not. It was not unusual for Jesus to reveal the motives of His hearers by using parables. Therefore, through parables Christ both concealed truth and revealed truth.

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