More Than Stories

The Parables of Jesus

Oftentimes the parables are seen as some pithy stories to help common people understand theological themes. Yet, when we look into their cultural significance, we see that Jesus is laying out amazing theology that sticks in our minds and helps us see truths about God's kingdom. We believe that this series will help us in our desire to be a church where God changes lives in community.

More Than Stories - Part 1: The Good Samaritan

Aug 04, 2019
Waymond Hampton teaches from the Parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10. He focuses on how Jesus is using this story to undermine ethnic biases and calling his followers to show mercy to enemies, especially racial and political enemies. He pulls much of his commentary from the books "Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes" by Kenneth Bailey, "Misreading Scripture Through Western Eyes" by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon O'Brien, and "One Blood" by John Perkins.

More Than Stories - Part 2: The Treasure in the Field

Aug 11, 2019
Bo Noonan teaches from the parable of the Treasure in the Field from Matthew 13. He speaks about the progress of God's kingdom, which starts with the realization of what an amazing treasure the kingdom is. This brings joy and motivates sacrifice.

More Than Stories - Part 3: Stories from a Really Awkward Dinner Party

Aug 18, 2019
Andy Cooley teaches from Luke 14, where Jesus is invited by the religious elite to come to a dinner party. Jesus tells stories that undermine the religious mindset and show the need for us to recognize our spiritual poverty, rather than pretend that we have it all together.

More Than Stories - Part 4: The Prodigal Son

Aug 25, 2019
Wes Swarthout teaches from the Prodigal Son story in Luke 15. He lays out the truth that even at our worst, when we turn to God he runs to meet us and welcomes us in, giving us identity and lavishing grace on us.

More Than Stories - Part 5: The Growing Seed

Sep 01, 2019
Sam Poe teaches from The Parable of the Growing Seed in Mark 4. He helps us see Jesus' call for us to make the story of his good news public to all.

More Than Stories - Part 6: The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Sep 08, 2019
Bo Noonan teaches from the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector in Luke 18:9-14. He looks at the difference between religion and being a follower of Jesus by focusing on the mercy that is shown to us when we realize we can't earn God's love and acceptance, but rather receive it as a gift.

More than Stories - Part 7: The Sheep and the Goats

Sep 15, 2019
Bo Noonan teaches from the parable of the Sheep and the Goats in Matthew 25.