Did you have a favorite teacher in school? What was it about them that you loved so much? For the next few weeks we are beginning a series on one of the greatest teachers of all time. No matter what anyone thinks of the person of Jesus Christ, everyone is moved by his teaching.
One of his favorite styles was using parables. Much more than mere illustrations or similitudes, they are actually tools for testing the spirit of the listener. These are not just mental riddles to be solved, but proclamations that examine our hearts. The first of Jesus’ parables is really a parable about parables.
How can Jesus’ message create such dramatically different responses? Jesus says it is all in the makeup of the ‘spiritual soil’ which first hears the word. I pray that each of us this morning would be given the keys to open up the new life God is longing to grow in each of us.
Dr. Mark Brewer
Interim Senior Pastor