Why Does Jesus Tell Stories?

The Gospel Coalition 2012 Michigan Regional Conference


In this 55-minute session, Don Carson, world-renowned New Testament scholar and author, and Research Professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, evaluates the different views on Jesus’ use of a parable, and then strives to pave a path toward understanding the purpose of parables.



Which of Don’s points did you find most impactful? Why?
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What did the Lord reveal to you through this message? (Did you gain a specific insight into your life or ministry? What challenged you? Were you convicted of sin?)
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How were you encouraged through this message? How can you use what you’ve learned to encourage someone else—in your personal life, at work, or at church—and equip them as a disciple of Christ?
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How, practically, can you implement what you heard from this message in your life and/or ministry today? What will you do differently this week because of what you’ve just heard?
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The privilege of knowing the truth of Jesus’ parables and the mysteries of the Scripture should bring us to a place of thankfulness. As you seek to communicate the plan of God to the people around you, always keep in mind that God truth is revealed only to those whom He has chosen. Be wise how you speak, and tell the truth.



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