And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable.” Luke 15:2-3 

This is how Jesus deals with controversy. This is how Jesus deals with religious people who complain. He tells parables. It’s genius, really. Everyone likes a story, of course. But these parables allow Jesus to teach people who are upset with him. That is so hard to do! I know when people get upset they are unlikely to hear something that contradicts what they already think to be true. But parables open us up to hear hard truths that challenge us to think or behave differently.  

This summer we will be going through the parables of Jesus on Sunday morning. We’ll explore some of those hard truths and hopefully be changed by the teachings of Jesus. This week Jesus challenges the idea that good religious people shouldn’t associate with “bad” people. He challenges us to seek after the lost rather than avoid them.  

I’m looking forward to this sermon series on parables, I hope to see you in church! Bring a friend!

-Pastor Travis Norton

Looking for last weeks worship? You can find it here!

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