Parables Workbook: The Mysteries of God's Kingdom Revealed Through the Stories Jesus Told

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byJohn F. MacArthur

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Jesus was a master storyteller, and the parables He told were ingeniously simple word pictures. Some of them were no more than fleeting remarks about commonplace incidents, objects, or persons. In fact, the most compact of all Jesus' short stories does not even fill a complete verse of Scripture. Yet the all were filled with profound spiritual lessons that He wanted His listeners to hear and understand. Jesus told these parables so they would clearly comprehend His message about the kingdom of God and the reason He had come to earth.

In the Parables Workbook, master expositor and Bible commentator John MacArthur draws on his years spent studying and explaining the Word of God to guide readers through some of the most famous and influential short stories that Jesus told. Each session contains the following:

  • Biblical focus: the primary passages on which the session draws
  • Another look: questions to facilitate review of content in the book
  • Biblical connections: questions that focus on the main Bible passage
  • Highlighting the lesson: questions that focus on the central teaching points
  • Lasting implications: questions to help draw out personal conclusions
  • Daily assignments: five sets of questions that reflect on the parable, the point, the purpose, the principles, and the practical application

This workbook has been designed to enhance readers' experience of reading the book and is intended both for individual use and for study in a small-group setting.

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Jesus was a master storyteller, and the parables He told were ingeniously simple word pictures. Some of them were no more than fleeting remarks about commonplace incidents, objects, or persons. In fact, the most compact of all Jesus' short stories does not even fill a complete verse of Scripture. Yet the all were filled with profound s...

John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, president of the Master’s University and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry. Grace to You radio, video, audio, print, and website resources reach millions worldwide each day. In more than four decades of ministry, ...

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Format:PerfectDimensions:208 pages, 10.88 × 8.5 × 0.63 inPublished:March 1, 2016Publisher:Thomas NelsonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0310686423

ISBN - 13:9780310686422

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating Context to the Stories of Jesus Have you ever read one of Jesus’ parables and wondered, “What did He mean to convey with this story? What was His purpose in choosing the specific time, place, and audience for that particular parable? And how does this story connect to other, similar examples?” If these thoughts have ever crossed your mind, you will be delighted to discover a new book published by Thomas Nelson and written by bestselling author and pastor John MacArthur. It is entitled “Parables: The Mysteries of God’s Kingdom Revealed Through the Stories Jesus Told”. When I first picked up this book, I was under the impression that it would briefly cover all, or perhaps the majority, of the parables revealed in Mathew, Mark, Luke and John. In actuality, however, only a dozen of the most notable parables are discussed, but with a detailed analysis. For each parable, an in-depth overview of vital context and background information is explained. At times, this brings amazing clarity to Jesus’ symbolic messages, and is exciting to discover. At other times, the information seems to continue on without pause and can become a little tedious. Mr. MacArthur also occasionally makes statements that come across as close-minded, considering his interpretation as the only right one, and anything that contradicts it to be in error. Overall, this informative book is packed with insight into Jesus’ parables. I learned a great deal of fascinating context about each one. Interestingly, it helped not only in my understanding of that particular story, but also about life in Biblical times as a whole. For this reason, I recommend this book for readers who are willing to wade through a large amount of scholarly information to find gems of wisdom. It will undoubtedly enrich their understanding of Jesus’ words as he shared the most influential short stories ever told. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Date published: 2016-02-04