Echoing the psalmist, Christ announced: “I will open my mouth to speak in parables; I will proclaim what has been hidden from the foundation of the world” (Psalm 78:2; Matthew 13:35).
In “Proclaiming the Kingdom” we look at eight parables from the Gospel of Luke – eight stories from ordinary life circumstances – that reveal the nature of God’s Kingdom. In these stories we find there is no length to which God will not go to redeem his people.
The six-week study, part of the diocesan Adult Christian Formation program, can be used any time of year and is well-suited for individuals, small groups, and congregations.
Each week includes readings from Scripture, commentary and questions from the Rev. Drs. John Lewis and Jane Patterson, and short videos with people from around the diocese as they tell their own stories of the Kingdom breaking into their lives.
Week 1 – God Crosses the Widest Breach
The Song of Zechariah – Luke 1:68-79
Week 2 – Why Did the Enemy Cross the Road?
The Good Samaritan – Luke 10:25-37
Week 3 – It Takes Two: Forgiveness and Gratitude
The anointing woman – Luke 7:36-50
Week 4 – How Far Will God Go To Recover the Lost?
Lost sheep, lost coin, Prodigal Son – Luke 15:1-32
Week 5 – The Shortest Distance, the Widest Gap
Lazarus and the rich man – Luke 16:19-31
Week 6 – Responding to God’s Approach
The fig tree and the bent-over woman – Luke 13:6-17