StoneBridge Community Church
Storytime: The Greatest of Shrubs
Senior Pastor Jon Saur
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    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:15 PM, Sunday 5:20 PM

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Storytime: Mark

Jesus often taught through parables. The term "parable" comes from the Greek and refers to "throwing alongside" one idea to make another idea clearer. In order to help his followers understand the Kingdom of God, Jesus "threw alongside" simple stories.

In January, we will be looking at Jesus' parables in the Gospel of Mark, in order to understand how Mark presents Jesus and how Jesus presented the Kingdom of God to his followers.

The Text In Context

This week's commentary examines all three seed parables in Mark 4, together - a wonderful compliment to Pastor Jon's conclusion to the series, Storytime. Click link to read more.

I. Parables

II. What's the surprise?

III. Shrub vs. Tree

IV. Mark's Community and Scripture

V. Imperfect Solutions

VI. The Kingdom of God is like a shrub.

1) Find an organization like Samaritan Center or Tiny Treasures that seeks to help people locally.

2) Volunteer with that organization.

1) Why do you think Jesus compared the Kingdom of God to a shrub?

2) Why do you think Matthew and Luke added that the mustard seed becomes a tree?

3) What imperfect solutions has God provided in your life?

4) What imperfect solutions has God provided through the church?

5) How does this parable help you see the Kingdom of God in your life?

Starting the first weekend in February, StoneBridge will be launching a new series – called Truly Natural. Truly Natural will insightfully journey through Gospel of Mark. Whether in-person or by Zoom, experience your own spiritual blessing by joining a new Spring growth group. Click below.

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