“Once upon a time…”

We love stories. Fictional stories. True stories. Someone else’s life story. Our own story. Stories capture our attention, hold us captive by the action, and teach us valuable lessons.

The Bible is full of stories – historical narrative that tells us God’s story in human history and parables. Jesus taught with stories because He knows their impact.

Parables and Word Pictures from the New Testament

Parables and word picturesAuthor Cheri Cowell also knows the value of stories. Cheri’s newly released 13-week Bible study, Parables and Word Pictures from the New Testament, is a comprehensive look at the New Testament parables. The study explores the parables of Jesus in the four gospels and those of Paul and the apostles in Acts.

Cheri Cowell tells the story behind the study

Cheri graciously stopped by today to chat with us about her new study. She is also givingParables and Word Pictures giveaway away a gift basket overflowing with her study and other great resources. Leave a comment on this blog for your chance to win! (The winners will be chosen July 6th. Please leave your email.)

What should readers expect to gain from this study?

This study will help readers develop an ear for the message the parables convey – that the Kingdom of God is both here and near. Through this study, readers will be challenged to live faithful and holy “Kingdom lives” in a broken and unholy world.

How can we use the power of parables in our own lives to reach people for Christ?

I believe this is the most important reason to study the parables. If we allow our own lives to be shaped after Jesus then when others “read our lives” they see Him. How we treat others, how we respond to sorrow and obstacles tells a story. When asked how and why we are able to be at peace, or turn the other cheek, we don’t need a canned presentation. We simply share our story of how God’s story has changed us.

The study concludes with a look at the Parable of all parables. Tell us about this because this is the heart of your study.

Jesus didn’t just teach in parables, He was also a living parable. Jesus lived His life as an example of what a life shaped by the truths taught in the parables should look like. Jesus invites us to live parable-shaped lives so we can show God to the watching world.

Comment on the blog for a chance to win the gift basket. Ask Cheri a question, leave a comment about the topic, or answer the following:

If your life was a parable, what would people learn from it?

More about Cheri Cowell and her new Bible study

Cheri Cowell+Parables and Word PicturesCheri Cowell, who describes herself as a “sidewalk theologian,” is passionate about discipleship and challenging believers to holiness of heart and life. Cheri’s love of story and the Word shines through in her writing and teaching. Cheri is a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary where she learned the Inductive Bible study method used in this study to encourage, challenge, and equip the body of Christ to live story-shaped lives. 

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