A Matter of the Heart

Instruction from the Parables

by Stan Lemke



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/17/2015

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 144
ISBN : 9781512720723
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 144
ISBN : 9781512720709
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 144
ISBN : 9781512720716

About the Book

The Parables are instructive stories that Jesus told while teaching His disciples and the crowds who came to hear Him.

Memory can be fickle. Facts and details fade despite our efforts to keep them fresh, but when they are wrapped in an exciting story we can recall them with clarity. Consequently, Jesus taught using stories — parables — so that our memories would be invigorated and we would remember these lessons for years, if not for a lifetime.

In A Matter of the Heart we will study eighteen parables Jesus taught. These are some of the most important, if not the most important lessons He wants us to understand and remember. We will study the parable of the Prodigal Son wherein we will come to know the meaning of sin, of repentance, forgiveness, and the grace of a loving father. In the parable of the Good Samaritan we will see that God’s desire for mercy trumps obligation and duty, and we will see through this man a model of Jesus, our Good Samaritan. We will study the Kingdom of Heaven parables for a picture of the kingdom that Jesus established, and come to understand what it means to be a citizen thereof. We will explore the parable of the Wedding Feast which reveals an awesome future event wrapped around a marriage that God the Father arranged for Jesus, His son. We will look at the wise and the foolish, the just and the unjust. We will get a glimpse of heaven itself through the lens of Jesus’ teachings. We will study His instruction about prayer, the dangers of ingratitude and a cold heart, the true measure of success, and the meaning of stewardship.

Jesus taught using parables — each and every one a blessing, each A Matter of the Heart.

About the Author

Stan Lemke is committed to rigorous Bible study and has written hundreds of Bible study lessons. He uses these to teach classes ranging from foundational instruction for middle school students to sharing God’s word with young people, newly-weds, and adults. His books include Walking with the Master and A Matter of the Heart.