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Parables: Life Stories From Jesus

We've been shaped by stories our entire lives. We hear them from our friends. We see them in our favorite movies and TV shows, and we listen to them on podcasts. We relate to stories. We can visualize them, and it's easy to share them with our friends. Jesus, the master teacher, understood this and chose to teach using stories called parables. Yes, we've been shaped by stories our entire lives, but the stories Jesus taught are meant to give us life.

The Prodigal Son

This week we begin our new series, “Parables, Life Stories from Jesus. Jesus, the master teacher, understood used stories, called parables, to teach us how to live and to give us life.

The first of Jesus’ stories we will consider is the parable entitled, “The Prodigal Son.” This story is about lostness, about awayness. But, it is also the story of a loving father.

Join us for this message as we consider what it teaches us about the heart of God and His love toward those far from Him.

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The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Jesus was a master storyteller. He could spin a tale that would capture the attention of any audience. But his stories were more than entertainment. Jesus’ stories had meaning and significance. His stories were memorable, but more than that, they were stories that profoundly communicated the heart of God.

Our parable for this week is no exception. This dramatic tale, “The Good Samaritan,” is well known. So much so that it has become part of our culture. We often call people who demonstrate great sacrifice or exceptional kindness “good samaritans.” To call someone, a good Samaritan is quite a compliment.

For most people, this is a story about helping someone in need, but it is much more than that.

Join us as we explore the parable of the Good Samaritan.

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The Parable of the Talents

Have you ever wondered what is the Kingdom of Heaven is like? As we continue our series, Parables: Life Stories from Jesus, we are going to consider a story that Jesus told to answer this very question.

In the story, Jesus describes a wealthy employer who entrusts three key employees with some of his money. Now, for the employees, this is the opportunity of a lifetime – it was a defining moment for them. And as we are going to see, they are indeed defined by how they handled the resources given to them.

Join us for this message as we consider this amazing life story from Jesus, The Parable of the Talents.

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The Parable of the Vineyard Workers

Join us as guest speaker Travis Simone, Pastor of the Williamsburg Community Chapel, discusses the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard.

In this message, Pastor Simone unpacks this parable to help us reflect on the nature of our work with God and to consider the nature of the owner of the vineyard as well.

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The Parable of the Persistent Widow

Rob Esperat, the pastor of Tab’s sister church, the Virginia Beach Community Chapel, speaks on one of the most peculiar parables in the gospel of Luke, The Parable of the Persistent Widow.

Why on earth would Jesus compare God to a wicked judge? Join us for Robb’s message as we find out the answer to this question and what it has to do with prayer.

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The Parable of the Bad Investment

In this message, we’ll be looking at a parable about a bad investment. In Luke 12:13-14, Jesus uses a dramatic story to let us know that our net worth is not an accurate measure of our success. Jesus wants to show us how to have a life worth living and how to become a channel of His grace.

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The Rich Man and Lazarus

This week we’re going to continue to examine the parables of the Lord Jesus by looking at a story that Jesus told the Pharisees about a rich man and a poor man named Lazarus.

Jesus is telling this story to help us think about what happens to a person after they die. This is a question you have probably thought considered. What happened to my grandparents when they died? What happened to those eleven people whose lives were so recently taken tragically in Virginia Beach?

Join us as we look into the Bible to explore this important subject together.

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The Parables of The Treasure Hidden in the Field & The Pearl of Great Value

We all make decisions about worth. When purchasing a car, we determine whether it is worth the asking price. In this message, we look at two of Jesus’ life stories, the parables of the Treasure Hidden in the Field, and the Pearl of Great Value. The question we’ll be answering is, “Is Jesus worth giving up everything to follow Jesus?”

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The Parable of The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

This parable follows the account of the persistent widow who keeps bugging the judge until he gives her what she wants. It’s about our attitude in prayer and what our hearts yearn for. We’re going to be talking about two men, two prayers, two attitudes, and two results.

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The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats

Some consider the Parable of Sheep and the Goats the “crown” of the parables. Jesus teaches about the end of time, judgment, and the things God has in mind.

As Jesus approaches Calvary and the cross, he takes time to share what believers should be doing based on who we are, our being in Christ.

So, join us as we look at the Parable of Sheep and the Goats in Matthew 25.

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A Parable About Inner Purity

In this message, we’re going to be looking at a parable about inner purity. When you have guests visiting, you probably make an effort to clean your house. But imagine if you only cleaned up the outside of your home. You wash the windows. Maybe you even put on a new coat of paint.

However, upon entering, your guest sees that inside of your house is a mess. There is trash everywhere, and everything is just disgusting.

This is what Jesus talks about in the parable we’re looking at this week. People often work on the exterior things to make themselves presentable, but they miss the inside entirely.

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