What is a parable? A parable is a fictitious or made up story designed to teach a lesson through comparison. When you hear the story, you can relate it to your own life. It is like an illustration for the points in a sermon. It conveys its message of truth through analogy, through comparison or contrast.
Questions for this week:
- In the parable of the vineyard, who is the owner, who are the servants sent by the owner (hint…who in Scripture are special servants of God, sent with messages to God’s people?), who is the son?
- As Jesus is speaking this parable, what role does his audience represent? Why? Read Luke 20:19. How did they react to this parable?
- Describe how this parable can apply to God’s church today? As we struggle to provide good fruit in the vineyard of God’s kingdom, are we owners, or tenants? Discuss instances of times when perhaps you mistreated the messengers or message God sent into your life.
- What does the vineyard owner do at the end of the parable? What promise is made? What does that mean? Don’t focus just on death, but what about the yield of the vineyard? Is God’s purpose thwarted by rebellious tenants? How might this apply to our church in our time?