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JESUS & CULTURE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS What comes to mind when you think about the word counter-cultural? Consider what you know about Jesus and his earthly ministry. In what ways, was he counter-cultural?

JESUS AND PARABLES One big way that Jesus was countercultural was when he told parables. Parables are short stories about ordinary events of day-to-day life. They tell us how to be a good person in the ordinary activities of life.

Jesus idea of a good person often contradicted popular opinions in his society. His stories challenged many social norms in his world. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS What are social norms?

What are some examples of social norms in our school? A PARABLE IS A COMPARISON Jesus used metaphors and similes in his parables to explain what God or the Kingdom of God is like. A metaphor is a word or phrase used to compare

two unlike objects, ideas, thoughts, or feelings to provide a clearer description. A simile is a figure of speech in which two unlike things are explicitly compared using the words like or as. A PARABLE CONTAINS A CRISIS Good stories have a beginning, a crisis (problem),

and a resolution. Jesus parables challenged us by overturning our expectations of how the characters in the story should have behaved. A PARABLE HAS AN ENDING Sometimes Jesus parables had happy endings and sometimes they had tragic endings.

A parable is a story about Gods kingdom, that is to say, Gods way of acting among us. Since we cant know God fully, the parable will tell us what God is like, and what Gods kingdom is like, by using symbols.

Parables usually cause us to ask more questions. WHY DID JESUS TELL PARABLES? Jesus used parables to teach his disciples about the Kingdom of Heaven, or to teach them about how to live in right relationships.

Jesus used images or customs in parables that were familiar to the people of his time. A SAMPLE PARABLE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGdqKWTSXdU

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