Today's Agenda:
The Parable of the Great Supper
Count the Cost
The Parable of the Lost Sheep (1 of 5 in a series)
The Parable of the Lost Coin (2 of 5 in a series)
The Parable of the Prodigal Son (3 of 5 in a series)
The Parable of the Rich Man’s Steward (4 of 5 in a series)
The Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man (5 of 5 in a series)
Forgiveness and faith
Jesus Raises Lazarus of Bethany
I Am the Resurrection

The Parable of the Great Supper

Luke 14:15 - And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, ‘Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the Kingdom of God.’

16 Then said he unto him, ‘A certain man made a great supper, and invited many: 17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, “Come; for all things are now ready.” 18 And they with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, “I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray you have me excused.”

19 And another said, “I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray you have me excused.” 20 And another said, “I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.” 21 So that servant came, and showed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, “Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.”

22 And the servant said, “Lord, it is done as you have commanded, and yet there is room.” 23 And the lord said unto the servant, “Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. 24 For I say unto you, that none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.”

Count the Cost

25 And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, 26 ‘If any man come to me, and doesn’t love less his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

27 And whoever does not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sits not down first, and counts the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? 29 Lest haply, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 30 Saying, “This man began to build, and was not able to finish.”

31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sits not down first, and consults whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him that comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an ambassador, and desires conditions of peace.

33 So likewise, whoever he is of you that forsakes not all that he has, he cannot be my disciple. 34 Salt is good: but if the salt has lost his savor, wherewith shall it be seasoned? 35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.’

The Parable of the Lost Sheep (1 of 5 in a series)

Luke 15:2 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. 2And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, ‘This man receives sinners, and eats with them.’

3 And he spoke this parable unto them, saying,
4 ‘What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying unto them, “Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.”

7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repents, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

The Parable of the Lost Coin (2 of 5 in a series)

8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she loses one piece, does not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls her friends and her neighbors together, saying, “Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.”
10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents.

The Parable of the Prodigal Son (3 of 5 in a series)

Luke 15:11 And he said, A certain man had two sons, 12 and the younger of them said to his father, “Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.” And he divided unto them his living. 13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.

14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. 15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.

17 And when he came to himself, he said, “How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, ‘I have sinned against heaven, and before you, 19 and I am no more worthy to be called your son: make me as one of your hired servants.”

20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

21 And the son said unto him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight, and am no more worthy to be called your son.” 22 But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23 And bring here the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:

24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to be merry. 25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.

27 And he said unto him, “Your brother is come; and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.” 28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore his father came out, and entreated him.
29 And he answering said to his father, “Lo, these many years do I serve you, neither transgressed I at any time your commandment: and yet you never gave me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: 30 But as soon as this your son was come, which has devoured your living with harlots, you have killed for him the fatted calf.”

31 And he said unto him, “Son, you are ever with me, and all that I have is yours. 32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this your brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.”

The Parable of the Rich Man’s Steward (4 of 5 in a series)

Luke 16:2 - And he said also unto his disciples, ‘There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. 2 And he called him, and said unto him, “How is it that I hear this of you? Give an account of your stewardship; for you may no longer be steward.”

3 Then the steward said within himself, “What shall I do? For my lord takes away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed. 4 I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.”

5 So he called every one of his lord's debtors unto him, and said unto the first, ‘How much do you owe unto my lord?’ 6 And he said, “An hundred measures of oil.” And he said unto him, “Take your bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty.” 7 Then said he to another, “And how much do you owe?” And he said, “An hundred measures of wheat.” And he said unto him, “Take your bill, and write fourscore.”

8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.

9 And I say unto you, make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when you fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. 10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.

11 If therefore you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon,’

14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him. 15 And he said unto them, ‘You are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knows your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

16 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the Kingdom of God is preached, and every man presses into it. 17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail. 18 Whoever puts away his wife, and marries someone else commits adultery: and whoever marries her that is put away from her husband commits adultery.’

The Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man (5 of 5 in a series)

19 ‘There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: 20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.

22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 23 And in the grave (Hades) he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and sees Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

24 And he cried and said, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, so he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.”

25 But Abraham said, “Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and you are tormented. 26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us that would come from there.”

27 Then he said, “I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father's house: 28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’

29 Abraham said unto him, “They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.” 30 And he said, “No, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.” 31 And he said unto him, “If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.”

Forgiveness and faith

Luke 17:1 - Then said he unto the disciples, ‘It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! 2 It would be better for him that a millstone was hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.

3 Take heed to yourselves: If your brother trespass against you, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. 4 And if he trespass against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to you, saying, I repent; you shall forgive him.’

5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, ‘Increase our faith.’

6 And the Lord said, ‘If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed, you might say unto this sycamore tree, “Be plucked up by the root, and be planted in the sea.” And it should obey you.

7 But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, “Go and sit down to meat?” 8 And will not rather say unto him, “Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird yourself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward you shall eat and drink?”

9 Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not. 10 So likewise you, when you shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, “We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.”

Jesus Raises Lazarus of Bethany

John 11:1-54 - Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) 3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, ‘Lord, behold, he whom you love is sick.’

4 When Jesus heard that, he said, ‘This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.’

5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. 6 When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.

7 Then after that said he to his disciples, ‘Let us go into Judaea again.’
8 His disciples say unto him, ‘Master, the Jews of late sought to stone you; and go you there again?’

9 Jesus answered, ‘Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walks in the day, he stumbles not, because he sees the light of this world. 10 But if a man walks in the night, he stumbles, because there is no light in him.’

11 He said these things and after that he said unto them, ‘Our friend Lazarus sleeps; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.’

12 Then said his disciples, ‘Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.’ 13 However, Jesus spoke of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.

14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead. 15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent you may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.’

16 Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellow disciples, ‘Let us also go that we may die with him.’ 17 Then, when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already.

18 Now Bethany was near unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off: 19 And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. 20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.

21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother had not died. 22 But I know, that even now, whatever you will ask of God, God will give it to you.’

I Am the Resurrection

23 Jesus said unto her, ‘Your brother shall rise again.’

24 Martha said unto him, ‘I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.’

25 Jesus said unto her, ‘I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he was dead, yet shall he live, 26 and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?’

27 She said unto him, ‘Yes, Lord: I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.’

28 And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, ‘The Master is come, and called for you.’ 29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him.

30 Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him. 31 The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, ‘She goes unto the grave to weep there.’

32 Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother had not died.’ 33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled.

34 And said, ‘Where have you laid him?’ They said unto him, ‘Lord, come and see.’ 35 Jesus wept.

36 Then said the ‘Jews, Behold how he loved him!’ 37 And some of them said, ‘Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?’
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