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A Matter of Life and Death
Bible Ref: Matthew 8,9,& 11 -13; Mark 3&4; Luke 7&8

Each of the following sketches (scenes) can be used to form the basis for a complete act of worship or used as individual scenes on separate occasions. Each scene will require a narrator to read the linking text as well as the characters in the scene itself.

List of scenes:
The Centurion's Servant
The Widow of Nain
The Messengers from John the Baptist
At the House of Simon the Pharisee
Jesus Drives Out Demons
The Parable of the Sower
Why Use Parables?
The Parable of the Mustard Seed and the Weeds
Jesus Calms a Storm
The Gerasene Demoniacs
Jairus's Daughter and the Woman Who Touched Jesus

Why Use Parables?

Later, when the crowds had gone home the disciples gathered around him and asked him about the parable.

Peter: Why do you speak in stories all the time? Why not just come straight out and say what you mean?
Jesus: You are privileged Peter, all of you are. I am sharing with you the secrets of God’s kingdom, but for those outside I have to speak more carefully. I speak in images and parables so that those who want to hear will hear, but those who want to scoff will not understand. For those who listen with the tiniest seed of faith – they will receive much more. But those with nothing but criticism will have even that taken from them. Do you remember the words of the prophet Isaiah? ‘ Though seeing – they do not see…’

Andrew: I remember that one – ‘…though hearing they do not hear. The people’s hearts have turned to stone and though they listen they do not hear, and though they look they do not see.’

Jesus: Well, said, Andrew. For if they did see, then they would surely understand, and they would certainly repent and turn to God.

Peter: Don’t you want them to understand?




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