Here are some ideas for learning and teaching a few of the great principles in Matthew 13, and Luke 8, 13. And while you’re here, I recommend you check out my free online course, “Seeking Jesus.”
Short Clips from The Chosen
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Short Clips from Seeking Jesus
I’ve pulled out short clips from the “Seeking Jesus Course” connected to this week’s readings that you could use as a morning devotional or spiritual thought.
Ideas for Teaching Matthew 13, Luke 8, 13
***Going Deeper on Parables***
The Parable of the Sower is one of Christ’s most famous parables. Check out Jared Halverson’s great article on this parable.
There are so many great resources for digging deeper on parables! If you’re looking for an easy-to-read, applicable book on parables, you might like Of Pigs, Pearls, and Prodigals: A Fresh Look at the Parables of Jesus, by John Bytheway or Living the Parables, by Hank Smith.
If you want an in-depth, comprehensive examination of the Savior’s parables, check out Stories with Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus, by Klyne R. Snodgrass. He has dedicated decades to studying the parables and provides many valuable insights.
It’s interesting to note that almost all of the parable titles we use today do not come from Jesus or other New Testament scripture–they come later. If you’re interested in learning more about this, read this free article by Thomas Wayment.
***The Women Who Followed Jesus***
This week, it’s an absolute must to discuss the women who followed Jesus. Luke 8:1-3 contains only a few details but it is enough to start to paint a picture of these faithful women. If I were teaching a Come Follow Me discussion this week, I might start by asking learners to name every woman they can think of in the New Testament. After naming as many as we can, we would read Luke 8:1-3, and look for the women who are mentioned (great cross references are Luke 24:10 and Mark 15:40-41). Both Luke 8:3 and Mark 15:41 mention “many other” women who followed Jesus Christ and supported him. Although we don’t know their names it’s great to take some time to ponder their contribution. I might ask learners to take a couple of minutes and think about a woman they know who is a faithful follower of Jesus Christ. Today might be the perfect day to write her a note of appreciation!
To learn more about the women who followed Jesus, see this article by Camille Fronk Olson, or this one by Catherine Gines Taylor. In addition, I highly recommend the book, Women of the New Testament by Dr. Camille Fronk Olson. My wife Lani and I also wrote a short Liahona article about these women that you might enjoy.
I hope these resources are helpful to you in your learning and teaching this week!