Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers (Matthew 21:33-46 Teaching Outline)

Note: Last week we began to look at an exchange between Jesus and the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem. There we saw that Jesus told them the first of three parables designed to challenge and expose their hypocrisy. This week we will examine the second of these parables, the Parable of the wicked Vinedressers. Introduction: Sometimes … Continue reading Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers (Matthew 21:33-46 Teaching Outline)

Parable of the Two Sons (Matthew 21:28-32 Teaching Outline)

The Parable of the Two Sons is actually one of three parables in Matthew 21-22 that are addressed directly to the Jewish leaders who refused to believe in Jesus. We will examine the others – the Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers and the Parable of the Wedding Feast – over the next two weeks.   … Continue reading Parable of the Two Sons (Matthew 21:28-32 Teaching Outline)

Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16 Teaching Outline)

Scripture Reading: It is important to read all of Matthew 19:16-20:16 in order to get the whole context in our minds. This will be important to our understanding of Jesus' teaching in the parable. Introduction: As I was studying this parable in preparation for teaching this passage, I came across this surprising assessment by Klyne Snodgrass … Continue reading Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16 Teaching Outline)

Parable of the Unforgiving Servant (Matthew 18:21-35 Teaching Outline)

Introduction: Vernon Grounds tells the following story of forgiveness: If somebody killed your child, could you ever forgive him? By God's grace the raging desire for revenge might eventually die down within our hearts, but most of us would probably prefer never to see that person again nor to help him in any way. Yet … Continue reading Parable of the Unforgiving Servant (Matthew 18:21-35 Teaching Outline)

Parable of the Straying Sheep (Matthew 18:12-14 Teaching Outline)

Most probably refer to this parable as the “Parable of the Lost Sheep” and view it as a parallel text to the Parable of the Lost Sheep in Luke 15. However, I have preferred to call it the “Parable of the Straying Sheep,” since I do not think it is a parallel text to that … Continue reading Parable of the Straying Sheep (Matthew 18:12-14 Teaching Outline)

Parable of the Householder (Matthew 13:51-52 Teaching Outline)

Note: Not everyone sees this as a parable, but I think it bares enough similarity to other parables in Matthew 13 to be considered a parable as well. Only this time the parable does not refer specifically to what the Kingdom of Heaven itself is like. Rather it refers to what scribes in the Kingdom … Continue reading Parable of the Householder (Matthew 13:51-52 Teaching Outline)

Parable of the Dragnet (Matthew 13:47-50 Teaching Outline)

Introduction: In a sermon on this passage, John MacArthur gives the following sober reminder: Our Lord spoke very much and very often about hell. He said many things about the abode of the damned, the wicked, the Christ rejecters. But of all of the startling, terrifying things that Jesus ever said, perhaps the most startling was when … Continue reading Parable of the Dragnet (Matthew 13:47-50 Teaching Outline)

Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl of Great Price (Matthew 13:44-46 Teaching Outline)

Introduction: In the past weeks we have examined four of the seven kingdom parables contained in Matthew 13. We first looked at the Parable of the Sower, which described the reactions that could be expected to the good news about the kingdom, and we saw that there would be many who would not truly believe. … Continue reading Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl of Great Price (Matthew 13:44-46 Teaching Outline)

Parables of the Mustard Seed and of the Leaven (Matthew 13:31-35 Teaching Outline)

Introduction: John MacArthur illustrates well the primary point made by these two parables: Small things can have, ultimately, very large effects. All music, all symphonies, concertos, oratorios, hymns, songs, all music comes basically from eight notes. All the profound words that have ever been uttered or written in the English language come from 26 letters. … Continue reading Parables of the Mustard Seed and of the Leaven (Matthew 13:31-35 Teaching Outline)

Parable of the Wheat and the Tares (Matthew 13:24-30; 36-43 Teaching Outline)

Introduction: The December 18, 2001 entry of Our Daily Bread seeks to apply this parable for us. I want to quote it in full in order to illustrate an important issue when seeking to interpret this parable correctly: For 11 years, an official at a Michigan community college impressed fellow workers as a highly qualified … Continue reading Parable of the Wheat and the Tares (Matthew 13:24-30; 36-43 Teaching Outline)