The Parables of Jesus


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The Parables of Jesus

Scripture: None

Topic: The Bible > Bible

Series: The Parables of Jesus

The Parables of Jesus: The Greatest Stories Ever Told Dr. Jim Denison Thesis: parables show the timeless relevance of Jesus’ teachings for our lives “What we don’t know most assuredly does hurt us.” Is this sentence true? Does it suggest anything relevant to your life today? Does it even matter very much? Now consider the […]

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Forgiving is for Giving

Scripture: Matthew 18

Topic: Spiritual Life > Forgiveness

Series: The Parables of Jesus

Forgiving is for Giving Dr. Jim Denison Matthew 18:21-35 Thesis: We must forgive others to receive the forgiveness of God Americans lead the world in the consumption of aspirin, and in physical problems caused by stress. By the year 2020 depression will likely be the world’s second-most disabling disease, after heart disease. The World Health […]

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Proving That You Love God

Scripture: Luke 10

Topic: God’s Love > God

Series: The Parables of Jesus

Proving That You Love God Dr. Jim Denison Luke 10:25-37 Thesis: We extend the Kingdom of God when we show his compassion to our hurting neighbor The first microwave oven was sold in America in 1952. It has changed our lives so much that sociologists now call us the “microwave society.” I’m old enough to […]

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Who Will You Bring To Jesus?

Scripture: Luke 14

Topic: The Church > Evangelism

Series: The Parables of Jesus

Who Will You Bring to Jesus? Dr. Jim Denison Luke 14:15-24 Thesis: “Grace is given not because we have done good works, but in order that we may be able to do them.” Augustine I once heard the famous preacher Frederick Sampson tell about spending a summer on his uncle’s farm. His first morning, his […]

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Stopping at the Tollbooth Of Life

Scripture: Matthew 13

Topic: God’s Judgment > God

Series: The Parables of Jesus

Stopping at the Toll Booth of Life Dr. Jim Denison Matthew 13:24-30 Thesis: Those who serve the Kingdom will be rewarded; those who oppose it will be punished This week’s parable will teach us two lessons about judgment and the Kingdom of God. Here’s the first lesson: it’s always too soon to judge others. No […]

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Grace vs. Grades

Scripture: Matthew 20

Topic: God’s Grace > God

Series: The Parables of Jesus

Grace vs. Grades Dr. Jim Denison Matthew 20:1-16 Thesis: Life’s motivation should be gratitude for grace, not performance to earn it John Claypool has long been one of my favorite preachers. In his now-classic treatise, The Preaching Event, he describes the preacher as a “gift-giver,” one who gives to others the gifts he has received […]

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Planting Trees You’ll Never Sit Under

Scripture: Matthew 13

Topic: Success > Human Experience

Series: The Parables of Jesus

Planting Trees You’ll Never Sit Under Dr. Jim Denison Matthew 13:1-23 Thesis: Your lasting success is defined by your spiritual effect on other lives Charles Spurgeon admonished his people: write your name on hearts, not headstones. Write your epitaph on the lives of those you influence. And your influence will be eternal. If you were […]

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Which Son Are You?

Scripture: Luke 15

Topic: God’s Grace > God

Series: The Parables of Jesus

Which Son Are You? Dr. Jim Denison Luke 15:11-32 Thesis: We are each welcome in the Kingdom of God One of the most encouraging readings I have ever found is this adaptation from Henri Nouwein’s classic book The Beloved: I have called you by name from the very beginning. You are mine and I am […]

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