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The Parables of Jesus: Lost Sheep and Lost Coin

It’s week 3 of our summer series on the parables of Jesus this week. And this week we’re thinking together about two stories Jesus told with something in comon: the parable of the lost sheep and the parable of the lost coin.

You can read the parables here, and here are some questions that might help you think, reflect and pray about them:

  1. Have you ever got lost? And/or, have you ever lost something and worried that it was lost forever? What was the “found” feeling like?
  2. Why do you think the Pharisees objected to Jesus welcoming the “tax collectors and sinners” and eating with them?
  3. Jesus says there’s rejoicing over sinners who “repent”. What do you think repenting means? Why is it so important to Jesus?
  4. In both these stories, the “finders” are desperate to find the one sheep or coin that they’ve lost, even though they have plenty of others left. What does it say about God that he devotes so much energy to finding even just one lost person?
  5. As Christians, we often think of ourselves as having been “found”. But are there still ways that we’re sometimes lost and need to be found?

Please share any of your answers to these questions, or any other thoughts or reflections about these parables in the comments below. And join us at 10:45 on Sunday morning as we worship, explore these parables and share Communion together!

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The Parables of Jesus week 2: 3 Kingdom Parables

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This Sunday is the 2nd week of our series looking at the parables of Jesus. We’re looking at three of the parables about the Kingdom of Heaven that Jesus told in Matthew’s Gospel; you can find them here. And here are some questions to help you think, reflect and pray about them: Continue reading →

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The Parables of Jesus week 1: The Good Samaritan

This Sunday, we begin our Summer series of services, where we take a few weeks out to look at a particular theme. The aim is to make these a bit more informal: less of me preaching and more a chance for us all to explore the particular passages and what they might mean for us together. Continue reading →

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Blatant cross-blog plug!!!

Over on my personal blog, I’m blogging through Mark’s gospel throughout Lent.  This is following the series of readings that forms the basis for Tom Wright’s “Lent for Everyone” series.  We’ll also be making available the full list of readings on Sunday, so you can use it for your own Lent reflections if you want.

Go have a look!

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BibleGateway.com's Top 100 most-read Bible verses

This isn’t really anything to do with my studies or Greenfield, but thought you might be interested.

Biblegateway.com is a site which allows you to search numerous versions of the Bible in many different languages on-line – which is very useful indeed (not least for sermon preparation).  Ralph will correct me if I’m wrong, but I think it’s the site he uses to get the readings for each Sunday on Powerpoint.

Anyway, they’ve just published the 100 most-read Bible verses on their site.  Have a look – no real surprise for what the top one is!  Looking through the list, I don’t think there’s any real surprises, though I’m quite intrigued as to why Philippians 4:8 is higher than Philippians 4:7!

If anyone’s reading this, and is prepared to comment, what’s your favourite/most treasured verse – what would be the one you’d search for first on that site?

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