Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
Last weekend we launched our 2015 PAUSE Bible Reading Plan, along with a brand new set of journals – all free for you! If you haven’t picked them up yet, please do so when you’re able. You can also find our PAUSE Bible Reading Plan at our website: https://wsfc.org/resources/online-devotions/. Here is a recent entry from my PAUSE Journal…
READ: “Jesus did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.” Mark 4:34
REFLECT: Jesus chose to speak in parables to the large crowds that gathered to hear him speak and perform miracles. This was a creative teaching style that would, in my opinion, do two things:
1. Allow for Broad Application: Varied people could apply the story to their personal lives in broad ways. The stories were general enough that the average person could say “that’s me!”
2. Call for a Clear Decision: Speaking in parables would cause some folks to determine if they wanted to move forward in their relationship with Jesus. Some may have said “That’s too confusing. I’m outta here.” Many did just that. Others may have decided to press forward out of curiosity or conviction. That was the case with many of the disciples.
RESPOND: As a pastor and teacher, I want to continually get better at communicating like Jesus did. He was the Master. I am his student. May I always be in the school of Jesus!
RESOLVE: Today I will minister out of God’s will, with the Spirit’s power, and with the desire to model my life after Jesus. Bottom line: More of Jesus!
By the way…our next teaching series and small group focus is on the Parables of Jesus. I’m calling this series “The Upside Down Kingdom.” Together we will look at a number of stories that Jesus told specifically about the Kingdom of God. I’m really looking forward to it. See you soon!