THIS SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW FEATURES HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 97th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: PARABLES OF GOD’S JUST KINGDOM
Adult/Young Adult Topic: YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW
Printed Text: Matthew 13:24-33
Key Verse: Matthew 13:32 (NIV) Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 97th Edition, 2017-2018
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE: People want to experience living in a world filled with justice. Where can we find justice? Jesus’ parables describe the kingdom of heaven, where God’s justice is merciful, pervasive, and certain.
CONCLUDING REFLECTION: The parable of the weeds teaches us that good and bad often exist in the same place and often grow up together. We live in an imperfect world and yet we are required to be God’s redemptive agents in the world. In the parable of the mustard seed, we are taught that small beginnings can come to great things in time. It urges us to be patient while pursuing the just and good for all people.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, give us the strength to be patient in the working out of your justice throughout the world. Help us not to grow weary in well-doing, but to keep faith that even small beginnings, in you, can in time come to have a great impact on the world. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.