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Turning Your World Upside Down: Kingdom Priorities in the Parables of Jesus (Phillips)

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The parables of Jesus pose a striking challenge to current thinking about personal relationships, money, security, and success. They search our hearts and try our attitudes, showing us the truth about ourselves and pointing the way God wants us to go.

The parables confront our worldliness with the searching perspective of heaven—all the while deepening our understanding of salvation and the priorities of Christ our King. In short, they turn our world upside down.

Richard Phillips shows how as he explores Jesus’ parables of the sower, the rich fool, the lost treasure, and many more in these thirteen chapters. Discussion questions help to make this book well suited to group or individual study. 

Table of Contents:

  1. A Farmer Sowing Seed – Luke 8:1-18
  2. The Good Samaritan – Luke 10:25-37
  3. A Parable on Prayer – Luke 11:5-13
  4. The Rich Fool – Luke 12:13-21
  5. The Barren Fig Tree – Luke 13:1-9
  6. The Mustard Seed and Yeast – Luke 13:18-21
  7. The Great Banquet – Luke 14:15-24
  8. Three Lost Treasures – Luke 15:1-32
  9. The Shrewd Manager – Luke 16:1-13
  10. The Rich Man and the Beggar – Luke 16:19-31
  11. The Pharisee and the Tax Collector – Luke 18:9-14
  12. The Returning King – Luke 19:11-27
  13. The Wicked Tenants – Luke 20:9-19



Richard D. Phillips (MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary) is the senior minister of Second Presbyterian Church of Greenville, South Carolina. He is a council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, chairman of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, and coeditor of the Reformed Expository Commentary series.



"People love stories. Jesus, the Master teacher, used stories to teach us about his Kingdom. As you read this book, be prepared to be challenged in your daily life. A welcome addition, this easily read volume carefully and accurately reflects the heart of Jesus in each kingdom story." — Charles Dunahoo

"Rick Phillips relates the profound truths beneath the surface of Jesus’ apparently simple parables in ways that relish God’s astonishing love." — Bryan Chapell