This Sunday in Vinebranch, I’ll begin a new 10-part sermon series entitled “Do You Want to Know a Secret?: Jesus’ Parables in the Gospel of Matthew.” The title refers to Jesus’ response to the disciples’ question, “Why do you use parables when you speak to the crowds?” (Matthew 13:10): “Because they haven’t received the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but you have.” This series will help us to unlock some of those secrets, which get to the heart of what it means to be a follower of Jesus.
This series will take us through the end of the Christian year (November 20). During each week of the series, we’ll also have a special children’s sermon, which will tie into that week’s parable. Fittingly enough, the last parable that we’ll cover, the Parable of the Talents, corresponds to Stewardship Commitment Sunday.
The preaching schedule is as follows (click to enlarge):