Bible Study Class
Rev. Dr. Christopher T. Metropulos
September 7, 2014
Gospel of Matthew 13:24-32
The Wheat and the Tares
Opening Story: Chem Lawn & Weeds
Do not waste time or energy on things that are profitless.
In essence don’t let the turkeys get you down
Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who sowed good seeds in his field.
Parable- definition – a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson, as told by Jesus in the gospels.
True believers- wheat
False ones- weeds
Tares- an injurious weed resembling wheat when young.
Parable of wheat and the weeds is found only in Matthew’s Gospel.
- Weeds are intentionally planted- Not by God. Anyone can sow seeds of discontent in our hearts or the hearts of our loved ones. (Friends, family, business, acquaintances- Always be vigilant.
- How do evil things appear in our lives if we are living a life in Christ? Usually because we are not fully connected to God.
When are the places you are vulnerable? What methods can we use to discern good & evil?
- Prayer and contemplation- a complete emptying
- History- MRI of who we are through confession
- Teachings of the faith- our barometer
- Seeking advice of a spiritual father
- Need to make the wheat- our lives stronger in God and not necessarily avoid evil. We have to live in the world. Sometimes in removing what we think is evil, we kill the good plants or people.
- Closing Story- I’m a great pitcher! I just struck myself out.