THE KINGDOM OF GOD
The growth of the Kingdom of God
Luke 13:1 – 35
Jesus illustrated his teachings about the Kingdom of God through parables, miracles or public teachings.
(a) In His preaching Jesus stated that repentance of sin was a requirement to the entry into the Kingdom. (13:1 – 5)
(b) In the parable of the unfruitful fig tree. (13:6 – 9)
The following are the teachings of Jesus on the growth of God’s kingdom based on the parables of the Mustard seed and the Yeast;
13:31 – 35
A GREAT FEAST FOR ALL WHO ARE PREPARED
(a) Jesus Heals a sick man. (Luke 14:1 – 6)
- While Jesus was in the house of the leading Pharisee, he noticed that some guests were choosing the best places at the table.
- He taught them that when invited to a wedding feast, they should not take seats of honour. They could be embarrassed when honoured guests arrive and take up their places.
- He taught that one should take the lowest place.
- The hose many notice you and elevate you to the seats of honour.
- Jesus remarked that “for everyone who makes himself great will be humbled, and everyone who humbles himself will be made great”. (vs.11)
- Jesus taught that one should not only invite ones relatives, friends, neighbouts or the rich for they are likely to invite them back.
- He advised them to invite the underprivileged such as the poor, crippled, the lame, the blind for one would be more blessed than if he invited his friends and relatives.
The teachings that Jesus made to the guests at the Pharisees house
Luke 14:15 – 24
Luke 14:25 – 35
To follow Christ entails repentance and forgiveness of sins and also greater sacrifice such as:
RETRIEVING THE LOST
Luke 15:1 – 32
Jesus used the three parables of the lost to challenge the Pharisees who accused Him of mixing with sinners and outcasts.
(a) The parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke 15:4 – 7)
A shepherd lost one sheep and was left with 99. He abandoned the 99 and went searching for the lost one. On finding it, he was happy and organized for a celebration with friends. Jesus stated that God rejoices over repentance of one sinner than many righteous ones who do not need repentance.
God does not want any of his children to get lost.
(b) The parable of the Lost Coin. (Luke 15:8 – 10)
JESUS TEACHING ON WEALTH AND POVERTY
Jesus used two parables to teach about wealth:
1. The parable of the shrewd manager
2. The parable of the rich man and lazy vs.19 – 31
Jesus brings out the following teachings on wealth and poverty.
THE TEACHINGS OF JESUS ON THE POWER OF FAITH
Luke 17:1 – 37
Luke 18:1 – 14
(a) Parable of the widow and the unjust judge (18:1 – 8)
(ii) God will answer when we persistently pray.
(iii) Prayer should be offered in faith.
(i) Prayer should be said in humility
(ii) Prayer should be addressed to God.
(iii) Should be brief and precise
(iv) Should be said with sincerity.
Lessons Christians learn from the parables
THE WAY TO SALVATION
Luke 18:15 – 19:1 – 27
Salvation: The process of being delivered from sin.
Jesus Christ was the following parables and incidences to teach about salvation:
(i) When he met little kids (18:15 – 17)
The conversion of Zachaeus
19:1 – 10
Luke 1 9:11 – 27
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