Church School

  • I recently came across a shirt that said, “He who dies with the most toys still dies.” That is exactly Jesus’ point in the parable of the Rich Fool. The Rich Fool rooted his comfort and security in his fortune. But then he died – and guess how much of his fortune he took with him? None of it. Jesus isn’t against possessions. It’s just that our possessions are temporary. We leave them behind. They hold no eternal value. That’s what God wants us to treasure our relationship with Him above all else. It’s the only thing that lasts. 

  • The parable of the Good Samaritan is probably the best known of all of Jesus’ parables. Even those that don’t know Jesus will refer to compassionate people as “a Good Samaritan.” But this story is far more incredible than we might realize. See, in the parable, a Jewish man was beaten by robbers and left for dead. Two other Jewish men – both of which held a religious office – passed him by. But a Samaritan – an outcast in the Jewish mind – stopped and cared for him. Jesus calls us to extend compassion to all that need it – even if they look differently, speak differently, act differently, or even believe differently.

  • Jesus did a lot of His teaching in parables. A parable is a short story that gives us a picture of who God is and how He wants us to live our lives. He once told a parable about two men who each decided to build a home. One built on a rock while the other built on sand. When a storm ripped through, the house built on sand crumbled because the foundation was weak. But the house built on the rock stood. Jesus’ point is that what we build our life on matters. If we build it on the firm foundation of who God is and what He has done, we’ll have His strength to endure the hard times. But if we build it on anything but Him, our foundation will be weak and we won’t be able to endure.

  • The Pharisees were basically the religious leaders of Jesus’ day. They were zealous about obedience to God – which was good! But they had a problem. Their behavior didn’t match their hearts. That is, they weren’t obedient for the right reasons, and Jesus called them out on it. God wanted their good deeds to flow out of grateful hearts. He wants the same for us.

  • Jesus had a lot to say about those who are quick to criticize others without looking at their own faults first. He said that doing so is like trying to remove a speck a sawdust from your friend’s eye when you’ve got a plant of wood sticking out of your own. That would be crazy, right? That’s exactly Jesus’ point. It is crazy! This week we’re learning to deal with our own sin before trying to address it in others.