Labor Day weekend just concluded and the good news is that means One Thing opens this Friday. Guys, I sure hope your summer has been enjoyable and refreshing. A lot of great dynamics took place in our summer groups and we’re now getting in rhythm for a strong new season at Cabernet.
If I was to take a survey of everyone reading this email asking: “Who’s the greatest teacher of all time?”…the consensus would be Jesus.
The question we then have to ask ourselves is …while we say that, have we studied and do we really know what it is that He said?
Jesus’ most common method of teaching during the final year of His ministry was to use parables. Parables are short relatable stories with a parallel spiritual truth.
Jesus used parables to communicate on two levels; superficially to those who weren’t really interested in learning what He had to say, but straight forward for those hungry and desiring to grow deeper in their understanding of and walk with God.
Context is important in understanding the truths of these parables.
Without context, it is easy to miss the point. We will unpack the settings each week and our primary goal will be what Jesus intends… to allow these truths to stir our minds, penetrate our heart and impact our will.
This week we will kick off our Parables series in Luke 15 where Jesus tells 3 stories to recalibrate an important truth that is revealed throughout Scripture about the nature and character of God. It is a truth that distinguishes God from depictions of Him in all other religions. It is a truth that when caught and connected, crashes paradigms and absolutely changes a man’s life.
Join us around the tables this Friday at Cabernet, where friends meet, the conversations are lively and men spur each other on to a closer walk with God.
Doors open at 6:30 am and we’ll start promptly at 7 am. Hope to see you early!
This Week’s Key Verses:
He who has ears to hear, let him hear. Luke 14:35
Now all the tax collectors and sinners were gathering around to listen to Jesus. So the Pharisees and scribes began to grumble, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Then Jesus told them this parable… Luke 15:1-3
For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them.
In the same way, I tell you that there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous ones who do not need to repent. Luke 15:7
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
The LORD looks down from heaven on the entire human race; He looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. Psalm 14:2
For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him. 2 Chronicles 16:9
Did you know you can watch One Thing for Men online?
Here is a link to view last season’s messages from our Friday morning men’s group gatherings at Cabernet: https://vimeo.com/channels/onethingformen