The Kingdom of Heaven may be compared to… and again he told them another parable… and he spoke to them saying…
Jesus spent a lot of his time teaching, which means it was important to him that his disciples were learning from him. It means he had things to say to them that he felt were important–things like what the kingdom of God is like.
That phrase may not really impact us profoundly if we’ve heard it over and over again. Put in simple language, Jesus is trying to tell his followers – what matters to God – how God sees things – what God wants us to work toward. And it is often in fairly stark contrast in one way or another to how folks might naturally think or act, hence the need to keep learning.
This week some of our small groups have begun (one will start next week).
The purpose of the small groups is first to connect with each other in meaningful and relevant ways. To knit our lives together as people of God on a faith journey who become a faith community, when we grow together.
The second purpose is of course to learn and grow in our faith. In this series we’re using the book “By Heart-Conversations with Luther’s Small Catechism” as our focus. Some of us may remember the Small Catechism from our Sunday School or confirmation days, for others of us it may be a first time reading. Luther wanted to make it possible for parents to teach their children the basics of the faith so he created this little book as a primer. It includes questions and reflections about the 10 Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer and the Apostle’s Creed. It, along with the video clips will give small group members an easy entrance into conversations about our faith, our lives, and about the bible.
I hope, if you haven’t already, that you will take a look at the list below and join one of the groups – I think you’ll be glad you did!
See you Sunday!