Jesus tells 7 parables about the Kingdom of Heaven in Matthew 7. They are analogies using scenarios which take place in the here and now. We examine 3 in the middle of this chapter to see what they teach the followers of Jesus about our engagement with the world.
As the followup to "Life on the Vine," we now turn to the rest of John 15, where Jesus warns His disciples that there will be opposition to God's Vine Project. Many who are of the world will try to contain the Vine's spread by hacking at the branches. Why do they see the Vine as an invasive, unwanted plant? What is their strategy to deal with its presence in their backyard? And what role does the fruit play in how they perceive Christian influence?
"Judge not lest you be judged." It seems like even those who don't have a clue on where to find the Gospel of Matthew in a Bible know this verse. And absolutely Christians have too often ignored Jesus' teaching on the dangers of making judgments. But this is not all the Bible has to say on the topic. We examine several biblical passages and find out why judgment is necessary but also why our human capacity for it is limited.