Summary: Three parables of Jesus. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
• 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;