April 2005

The Parables of Jesus

Sometimes, reading the Bible as a family needs an unexpected twist. For the month of April, try reading a different parable of Jesus each night. The stories Jesus told were meant to help His audience understand what the kingdom of God (or heaven) is really like. For each night's parable, talk about the story and then try having a family member illustrate the meaning behind the story. Create a booklet of pictures of Jesus' parables.

Here are some references for parables of Jesus taken from The NIV Study Bible (Zondervan, 1995):

1.The Light under a bowl. (Matt. 5: 14-15)
2.The wise and foolish builders. (Matt 7: 24-27)
3.The Sower and soils. (Matt. 13: 3-8, 18-23)
4.Weeds. (Matt. 13: 24-30, 36-43)
5.Mustard Seed. (Mark 4: 30-32)
6.Hidden treasure. (Matt. 13: 44)
7.Valuable pearl. (Matt.: 13: 45-46)
8.Net. (Matt 13: 47-50)
9.Lost Sheep. (Matt 18: 12-14)
10.Unmerciful servant. (Matt 18: 23-34)
11.Workers in the vineyard.(Matt. 20: 1-16)
12.Two Sons. (Matt 21: 28-32)
13.Tenants. (Matt 21: 33-44)
14.Wedding banquet. (Matt 22: 2-14)
15.Fig tree. (Matt 24: 32-35)
16.Faithful servant. (Matt 24: 45-51)
17.Ten young women. (Matt 25: 1-13)
18.Talents. (Matt 25: 14-30)
19.Sheep and Goats. (Matt 25: 31-46)
20.Watchful servants. (Luke 12: 35-40)
21.Good Samaritan. (Luke 10: 30-37)
22.Friend in need. (Luke 11: 5-8)
23.Rich fool. (Luke 12: 16-21)
24.Lowest seat at the feast. (Luke 14: 7-14)
25.Great Banquet. (Luke 14: 16-24)
26.Lost Coin. (Luke 15: 8-10)
27.Prodigal Son. (Luke 15: 11-32)
28.Rich man and Lazarus. (Luke 16: 19-31)
29.Persistent widow. (Luke 18: 2-8)
30.Pharisee and tax collector. (Luke 18: 10-14)

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