Summary: Three parables of Jesus. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email:

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• Parable 1: The Light (vs 21-25)

• Parable No 2: The Growing Seed (vs 26-29)

• Parable No 3: The Mustard Seed (vs 30-34)



• Often on our Camps & Houseparties;

• The young people often want more than the norm when it comes to food and drinks.

• One example is the times of hot drinks, tea, coffee or drinking chocolate,

• They line up get their drinks and head for the sugar;

• Some of the young people will (if given the chance) put five or six sugars in their drinks,

• So we place a leader by the sugar who gives them a reasonable amount,

• When the kids complain about wanting more sugar,

• The leader will tell them to; “stir what they’ve got.”

Many Christians think that they need more to serve the Lord effectively:

• If only we had more musicians,

• If only we had more gifted or younger people,

• If only we had more…you can fill in the blanks!

These parables that Jesus taught say to us, “Stir what you got.”

• The fact is God has given us plenty of resources to serve him well;

• And to serve him effectively.

• I know the task seems overwhelming at times,

• But we really do have everything we need as a church to grow and expand.

• And to make a real difference in the lives of people we encounter here & now.

• In Mark chapter 4 verses 23-34;

• Jesus shows us those resources in three parables,

• These parables are about the expansion of His Kingdom anywhere in this world.

Parable No 1: The Lamp.

• In this parable Jesus used a common object – a lamp;

• He set the story in a very familiar place – a home.


• Parable is like a wrapper on a sweet bar;

• You need to peel off the wrapper to get to the content.

• So the story/parable is the wrapper;

• We need to see the deeper meaning on the inside.


• The lamp that Jesus spoke of was a clay dish filled with oil;

• With a wick put into the oil.

• In order to give light the lamp had to ‘use itself up’;

• And the oil had to be replenished.

• Obviously if the lamp was not lit or if it was covered up;

• Then it did the home no good at all.

• ill: Just as a microwave oven is useless unless it is plugged in;

• So an oil lamp is ineffectual unless it is lit.


• Why would you cover up an oil lamp?

• Surely you would just blow it out and light it when you came home!


• Remember in New Testament times matches had not yet been invented,

• So keeping some things lit was always the most convenient option.


If you went out and the house was empty,

• Then having a naked flame burning was not a good idea,

• It was a fire risk!

• To prevent the flame being a fire hazard;

• What happened was this;

• If you went out and the house was empty,

• You put the lamp was put under a bowl;

• This way the light would not be extinguished;

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