Parables

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Parables

Do you enjoy stories? People generally like a good tale. It’s part of sharing life and helping us experience the world from different perspectives. Many teachers will tell their pupils stories to help them learn, and as a fun way of sharing knowledge. Often stories are a good way of getting a message across to an audience.

Jesus used stories – called parables – to teach people. They illustrated what he was saying and were designed to make people think about how the teaching applied to them. Sometimes the message of the parables could be quite challenging for people to hear, especially if they were living lives that did not fit with Jesus’ teaching. People sometimes also had difficulty understanding the true meaning of the parables and needed them to be explained.

One of the most famous of Jesus’ parables is the story of the Good Samaritan. Jesus used this parable to explain the lives we should live if we want to be part of God’s kingdom. Today charities like The Samaritans and Samaritan’s Purse take their names from this story.

Jesus’ parables continue to inspire people to think about how they are living and to consider the needs of others. In this section you will find versions of some of these stories, and examples of the difference they have made to Christians today. Perhaps you know some already. Can you name the parable that tells the story of a loving Dad who welcomes his son home, even after the son had spent all the Father’s money?

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Jesus’ Parables – An introduction to the Kingdom of God

Why did Jesus teach using stories?

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A parable is a story where one thing is used to illustrate another and they often have an unusual character or a surprising action. Jesus taught using parables to encourage people to think and respond and often used parables when people asked him a question. The […]

The Kingdom of God

What did Jesus teach about the Kingdom of God?

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The Kingdom of God

What did Jesus teach about the Kingdom of God?

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Jesus taught a lot about the Kingdom of God – it was central to his teaching. But what exactly is the Kingdom of God, and how do people enter it? Christians believe that the Kingdom of God is not a physical place on earth – […]

Parables: The Unforgiving Servant

What did Jesus teach about the importance of forgiving?

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Parables: The Unforgiving Servant

What did Jesus teach about the importance of forgiving?

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Jesus taught people using stories called ‘Parables’. The Unforgiving Servant is a parable about forgiveness. Watch the film here and think for yourself: Are there things that you would forgive and things that you wouldn’t forgive? Should we forgive other people? When you do things […]

The Unforgiving Servant

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The Unforgiving Servant

What does it mean?

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The parables were stories Jesus used which enabled him to explain his teachings in a way he knew that the people would remember. They were also a means in which he could teach tough principles that were central to the Christian faith. One of these […]

The Lost Son

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The Lost Son

What does it mean?

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‘The Lost Son’ is the third of a group of Jesus’ parables about the idea of losing and finding. In the first one, a shepherd has a hundred sheep and then goes looking for one who wanders off. In the second one, a woman who […]

Prodigal Lost Son

Parables: The Lost Son

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‘The Lost (or Prodigal) Son’ is a very famous parable. It is the last of three parables Jesus tells about ‘lost’ things – first a sheep, then a coin, then finally a child. In the parable, the father represents God. The son represents the people […]

The Good Samaritan

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The Good Samaritan

What does it mean?

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We all have people that we find difficult to love, those we would rather not know or cannot ever say anything good about. Jesus is asked a question “Who is my neighbour?” – that is, whom am I responsible for? He does not give a […]

Parables: The Good Samaritian

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One of the most famous parables of Jesus is known as ‘The Good Samaritan’. Samaritans were a group of people living next door to the Jews. (The Jews were the first people to hear Jesus’ story.) The Jews and the Samaritans were enemies and avoided […]

Jesus’ parables

What is a parable?

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Jesus’ parables

What is a parable?

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A parable is an imaginary story used to teach people a moral lesson (for example, how to treat people in need) or a spiritual lesson (for example, what God is like). In some ways, stories help people to understand things better. But Jesus also said […]