In this series Pastor Rob will be teaching through the Parables of Jesus, some of which may feel very familiar to you, but parables are like peeling back the layers of an onion…there’s deeper, richer, Kingdom realities and Truth that God wants reveal to you.
Over the next several months, our hope is that you see and perceive, hear and understand, and experience the world-changing, life-transforming, teachings of Jesus.
Parables // The Persistent Widow
Pastor Rob Rogers | January 29, 2023
Sometimes when we pray God says “yes.” Other times, God says “no.” And then there are those times when God says, “not yet” – those are the times that we’re tempted to stop asking, seeking, and knocking. We live in a world of immediate gratification, and we’ve forgotten how to persist.
It’s in the “not yet” where we find out if we really trust God, His character, and His timing.
Is there something you’ve stopped praying for because you’ve lost sight of God’s purpose in it? Something you’d spent so long begging God for and it still hasn’t happened, and what began as a fervent prayer just began to fizzle out? Well today, God wants to breathe new life into those little embers, and reignite that fire. He wants to give you hope to begin again, to pray again, and not quit. He is a good, gracious, and just judge, and you can trust Him even when the answer is “no” or “not yet.”
Parables // The Unforgiving Servant
Pastor Rob Rogers | January 22, 2023
This morning Pastor Rob taught on the parable of the unforgiving servant in Matthew 18 who was forgiven an enormous debt that he could never repay and then turns around and demands repayment of a much less significant debt from another man who owed him.
Jesus uses this illustration because the reality is, we are all the first servant in the parable who owes a debt that cannot be paid. It’s a picture of the sin that Jesus paid for us. Some of us refuse to forgive because we just don’t feel like it or because we want the person to know how much they’ve harmed us, but some of us are unwilling to forgive others because we have forgotten how much we have been forgiven.
The danger is if we do not forgive from our heart, and we hold onto bitterness, resentment, and grudges, we are the one who pays the price for it. We will experience the torment of being consumed by the thing or the person we are refusing to forgive.
Parables // The Two Builders
Pastor Rob Rogers | January 15, 2023
At the end of Matthew 7, Jesus tells a parable of two builders – one who built his house on the rock, and one who built his house on the sand. Jesus says in verse 24 “Everyone then who hears these words of Mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” He’s saying we have two options here…if we obey His commands and put His teachings into practice, we’re wise. And if we don’t, we’re a fool.
God’s invitation to us is to become active in our cooperation with Him as we live as people of the kingdom in a foreign land.