Jesus' Parables for Disciples
Over 100 Stories, Analogies, and Figurative Sayings

A Free E-mail Bible Study

Ralph F. Wilson, detail of 'The Sower (after Millet)' (2023), original watercolor, 10 x 14 inches, private collection. Inspired by Jean-Francois Millet's 1850 painting.
Ralph F. Wilson, detail of 'The Sower (after Millet)' (2023), original watercolor, 10 x 14 inches, private collection. Inspired by Jean-Francois Millet's 1850 painting.

Jesus constantly framed his teachings in figurative terms. "He did not say anything to them without using a parable." Why? Partly to veil his teachings so his enemies couldn't use them against him, and partly to make them memorable to ponder and pass on.

Indeed, capsulized in these stories and analogies, is a vast treasury of Kingdom truths designed to disciple men and women.

My goal in this study is to help form you as a follower, a disciple of Jesus, by helping you understand these same parables that Jesus used to form the first disciples -- and to help you apply them in your life today.

This study is different. Most cover 25 to 35 of the best-known parables, but exclude many others. It comes down to definitions. The essence of an English language definition of "parable" is story. But the Bible definition of Greek parabolē is much broader. It includes stories, of course, but also analogies, similitudes, and maxims of all kinds. What ties them together is that they are comparisons used to teach spiritual truths.

Jesus used more than 100 stories, metaphors, similes, and maxims to train his disciples. This series of 12 lessons is designed to explore essentially all of Jesus' stories, analogies, and figurative sayings, including three acted parables.

Each parable or analogy is placed in its context and historical setting, then mined for the spiritual truths that Jesus intended to establish in his disciples -- and in us today. Discussion questions help the student probe Jesus' teaching for their own lives. Extensive footnotes help teachers and pastors to explore each passage and key words more deeply. If you preach or teach on the parables, you'll find this a tremendous resource.

Jesus' Parables for Disciples, by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
Available in paperback, PDF, and Kindle formats

I invite you on a 12-week internship with the Master as we take a deep dive into Jesus' Parables for Disciples. Sign up for the free e-mail study below.

Here's the basic structure of this 12-week e-mail Bible study course.
Detailed Table of Contents (includes parables in each section)

  • Preface
  • Introduction to Parables
  • References and Abbreviations
  • Reprint Guidelines
  1. Parables about God's Love
  2. Parables about Israel's Unbelief
  3. Parables about Repentance
  4. Parables about Final Judgment
  5. Parables about Readiness for Christ's Return
  6. Parables about Salvation
  7. Parables about the Nature of Christ's Kingdom
  8. Parables about Responding to the Kingdom
  9. Parables about Disciple Character
  10. Parables about Disciple Values
  11. Parables about Disciple Practices
  12. Parables about Caring for the Lost

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