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The Parables of Jesus (Johnson)

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Jesus spoke to the people in parables - not only that, he seemed to think in parables, acted out parables - he was a walking parable. Parables are almost unknown elsewhere in Scripture, yet they comprise a huge proportion of Jesus' teaching to those around him, and through them, to us. He always intended his parables to have life-changing implications: in fact he defined them as being what determined those who were alive to his message, and those who were not. So, what impact have Jesus' parables had on your life. Have they changed yet? Terry Johnston will help you make sure that is so. 

Table of Contents:

I. Introducing the Parables

1. Why Parables? (Matt. 13:10-17)

2. The Fulfillment (Matt. 13:34-35)

II. Entering God’s Kingdom

3. The Sower (Matt. 13:1-9, 18-23)

4. The Wedding Feast (Matt. 22:1-14)

5. The Two Sons (Matt. 21:28-32)

6. The Rich Fool (Luke 12:31-21)

7. The Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31)

8. The Pharisee and the Publican (Luke 18:9-14)

9. The Hidden Treasure and the Pearl of Great Price (matt. 13:44-46)

10. The Laborers in the Vineyard (Matt. 20:1-16)

III. Growing In God’s Kingdom

11. The Growing Seed (mark 4:26-29)

12. The Wheat and the Tares (Matt. 13:24-30; 36-43)

13. The Dragnet (Matt. 13:47-50)

14. The Mustard Seed and Leaven (Matt. 13:31-33)

15. The Householder (matt. 13:51-53)

IV. Living in God’s Kingdom

16. The Two Foundations (Matt. 7:24-27)

17. The Unrighteous Steward (Luke 16:1-13)

18. The Two Debtors (Luke 7:36-50)

19. The Lost Sheep and Lost Coin (Luke 15:1-10)

20. The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)

21. The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)

22. The Unmerciful Servant (Matt. 18:21-35)

23. The Unjust Judge (Luke 18:1-8)

24. The Persistent Friend (Luke 11:5-13)

25. The Wicked Vine-Growers (Matt. 21:33-41)

26. The Barren Fig Tree (Luke 13:6-9)

27. Straying Sheep (Matt. 18:12-14)

V. Finishing in God’s Kingdom

28. The Ten Virgins (Matt. 25:1-13)

29. The Talents (Matt. 25:14-30)

30. Epilogue 


"Here is a fresh, vigorous and contemporary approach to our Lord's Parables by an American pastor whose challenge is virtually: ‘What impact have Jesus's Parables made on your life?'" - Peace and Truth

"the expositor we have all been waiting for... a statement of Christian ethics as profound as it is readable. He is as faithful in bruising as in uplifting, but, being a true pastor, even his bruises have a velvet and healing touch."  - Alec Motyer, Well known Bible expositor and commentary writer

"The work of Terry Johnson is to be commended because it comes from one of the leading young pastors of America. What is refreshing is that the ministry of Terry Johnson has not only historical integrity but it has a very definite appeal to young people, proving once again that the genuinely classic is of interest to all, both the old and the young." - Hughes Oliphant Old, Professor of Reformed Theology and Worship, Erskine Theological Seminary, Due West, South Carolina