The Good Samaritan – retold

14 11 2013

On Sunday we had a guest speaker from Open Doors, and for his children’s talk he told the story of the good Samaritan, a parable Jesus told to illustrate what He meant by loving our neighbour, but not as I’d heard it ever before!

The problem with this story in the church is that “Samaritan” means something totally different to us. In the context of the bible story, a Samaritan is someone from the neighbouring country, a foreigner, not a friend. In the present day in the west, A a Samaritan makes us think of this parable where we have learnt that he is the ‘goodie’, it makes us think of the charity the Samaritans, who help people.

So on Sunday the guest speaker told the story this way, and I found it pretty helpful!:

There was a Christian man who went to a business meeting, it was in a slightly dodgy part of town, and as he left the meeting he was mugged. He was left on the side of the road near a church and a pub. The church had just finished choir practice, and the choir mistress came out the church, she thought he was one of the drunks from the pub and left him be. Shortly after the vicar came out of the church, and also kept well away. Just after that, two men came out of the pub. They saw the man, and called for an ambulance. They went to the hospital with him, stayed with him, and looked after him.

Maybe the “choir mistress” part still makes it a tad old school, but in comparison to 2000 years ago on a different continent, I think this version is far more relateable, don’t you?

Have you heard any good modern retellings of parables?

The Parable of the Net

11 08 2013

Over the summer we’re doing a series on parables at church, and this morning’s was The Parable of the Net. I’d never even heard of it before! Neither had the girl next to me, neither has my housemate! Have you?!

Matthew 13:47-52
47 ‘Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. 48 When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. 49 This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous 50 and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
51 ‘Have you understood all these things?’ Jesus asked.
‘Yes,’ they replied.
52 He said to them, ‘Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.’

So as mentioned last week, I thought I’d share some of my notes from the sermon incase they’re helpful to anyone out there on the internet!

In this parable, the net represents the gospel. The gospel is to be put out to all mankind, there is no discrimination.
God so loved the world. – The gospel is for all!
In Matthew 4vv18-20, Simon Peter and Andrew are called to be fishers of men.
All we have counts for nothing really, the one thing we really need is eternal life.
Jesus came to seek and save the lost. Our responsibility is to share the gospel with all we come into contact with. It’s never too late. For example the criminal on the cross in Luke 23, Jesus didn’t discriminate there!
We mustn’t write people off because they’re drunkards, criminals, or even because we think that they wouldn’t want to know.
On the last day, the net will be sifted with all mankind, but it won’t be us who decide. The criteria has been set by the fisherman, that is, God. The criteria is not who is good or who is bad. It is not who is in or out of church. All have fallen short of God’s glory. The criteria is who has accepted Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. Who is saved, who is not.
We have a responsibility, let’s take it seriously.