Monday, July 21, 2014

Parables: Old & New Wineskins Luke 5:36-39 Questions for Reflection and Discussion

Dig Deeper

Jesus’ parable new wine in old wineskins is found in Matthew 9:16-17; Mark 2:21-22; and Luke 5:36-39. He tells this parable in response to a question about fasting, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” (Mark 2:18).

Jesus was not opposed to the spiritual discipline of fasting where one instead of eating spends mealtime in prayer and fellowship with God. Fasting can be for one meal, a day or for many days. Jesus Himself fasted for forty days (Matthew 4:2) and when asked by his disciples as to why they were unable to help a boy with an unclean spirit replied, “"This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting” (Mark 9:29 HCSB). Jesus is simply stating that the time for His disciples to fast would be after He “is taken away” (Luke 5:35).

Jesus told the parable of new wine in old wineskins to contrast the old and new covenants. What do the following Scriptures reveal about these covenants?

Old Covenant

Deuteronomy 28:1-68--

Joshua 1:2-9--

New Covenant

Jeremiah 31:31-34--

Hebrews 8:8-13; 9:15--

Mark 14:24; Luke 22:20; 1 Corinthians 11:25--

Application

Consider setting aside time this week to fast and pray (whether for a meal or day), simply to worship God and enjoy your relationship with Christ. Use this time to meditate on a favorite Psalm or other Scripture asking the Holy Spirit to deepen your walk with Christ.   

Memorize This


Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. NIV

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Hidden Treasure-- by Modern Parables

Hidden Treasure - Modern Parables from Compass Cinema on Vimeo.

This Sunday we continue our teaching series, Parable taking a closer look at the Parable of the Hidden Treasure in Matthew 13:44. Check out this video by Modern Parables for a remake of this "classic." Parents, use this video for family devotions. Download a lesson for this video here.