We are all being formed by something…and let’s be honest, an hour or two on Sundays just isn’t enough time to combat all the subversive ways that we are being shaped into the image of the things of this world. For that reason, we’ve curated and cultivated some tools to help you grow beyond the couple hours you are on campus (or watching online) each week. It’s our prayer that you would used these tools to be shaped more and more into the likeness of Christ!
summer at new life
Storyteller: Unpacking the parables of Jesus
This summer we’ll be unpacking many of Jesus’ parables. Make the most of your summer by leaning in to your faith and spending time in God’s Word! We encourage you to read through all of the parables and metaphors Jesus used to teach deeper spiritual truths.
Text “Story” to 805-979-2003 to receive short weekly devotionals in the parables!
Be sure to take home a Storyteller Bookmark to track your progress as well as complete some items from our Fully Alive Summer Bucket List with some ways to make this summer the best one yet! We also have some recommendations for some great summer reading.
Read the Parables
Here’s a video from the Bible Project to help you build a foundation for understanding Jesus’ intent in using stories and metaphors to teach deeper spiritual truths.
Here’s a list of most of Jesus’ parables and metaphors that we encourage you to read and study this summer:
THE LAMP • Matthew 5:14-16 • mark 4:21-22
THE SPECK AND THE LOG • Matthew 7:1-5
OLD PATCH ON NEW CLOTH •
matt 9:16-17 • mark 2:21-22
DIVIDED KINGDOM • matt 12:24-30 • mark 3:23-27
THE SOWER • matt 12:1-23 • mark 4:1-20
WEEDS & WHEAT • matt 13:24-30
MUSTARD SEED & YEAST • matt 13:31-34
HIDDEN TREASURE & PEARL • matt 13:44-46
THE NET • matt 13:47-50
THE LOST SHEEP & COIN • matt 18:12-15 • Luke 15:1-10
THE LOST SON • Luke 15:11-32
UNFORGIVING SERVANT • matt 18:21-35
VINEYARD WORKERS • matt 20:1-16
THE TWO SONS • matt 21:28-32
EVIL FARMERS • matt 21:33-46 • mark 12:1-12
THE GREAT FEAST • matt 22:1-14 • Luke 14:15-24
TEN BRIDESMAIDS • matt 25:1-3
THREE SERVANTS • matt 25:14-30
GOOD SAMARITAN • Luke 10:29-37
FRIEND AT MIDNIGHT • Luke 11:5-13
THE RICH FOOL • Luke 12:13-21
BARREN FIG TREE • Luke 13:6-9
RICH MAN & LAZARUS • Luke 16:19-31
THE PERSISTENT WIDOW • Luke 18:1-8
PHARISEE & TAX COLLECTOR • Luke 18:9-14