Many of us have heard the parables of Jesus all our lives, and we might even know them by heart. So why study them again? Why take another look at the parable of the talents, the parable of the prodigal son, the parable of the wise and foolish virgins, and nine others?
As our life experiences accumulate, we bring a fresh eye to the Scriptures. This is especially true of the parables, as they deal with people and life and everyday events. In many ways, reflecting on the parables in light of our own lives can bring us closer to Jesus.
Whether you are encountering these parables for the first time or for the first time again, you will find them leading you into the mind and spirit of Jesus and offering lessons for living in the kingdom of God.
Introduction "He Said Nothing to Them Without a Parable"
1. What to Do While Waiting for the Judgment
Wise and Foolish Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13)
2. The Power of Persistence
Ask, Seek, Knock (Luke 11:1-13; 18:1-8)
3. How to Deal With Demons
The Empty House (Matthew 12:38-50)
4. Good for Nothing
The Barren Fig Tree (Luke 13:1-9)
The Treasure and the Pearl (Matthew 13:44-46)
6. How to Escape Being Posessed by Possessions
The Rich Fool (Luke 12:13-34)
7. Our Most Common Sin
Pharisee and Tax Collector (Luke 18:9-17)
8. Practicing Humility
Places at the Table (Luke 14:7-11)
9. How Do We Get Rid of Evil Without Destroying Good?
Wheat and Tares (Matthew 13:24-30)
10. What to Do When You Have Been Forgiven
The Unforgiving Servant (Matthew 18:21-35)
11. What to Do With Your Assets
The Talents (Matthew 25:14-30)
12. Lost and Found
The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:1-32)
About the Author
Maxie D. Dunnam became the fifth president of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky and served for 14 years. Dunnam came to Asbury after 12 years of fruitful ministry at the 5,000-member Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. From 1975–1982, Dunnam was world editor of The Upper Room. Dunnam is the author of more than 40 books, including the best-selling Workbook of Living Prayer (over one million copies sold). Dunnam presently serves as director of Christ Church Global at Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee.