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The Question about Taxes (Matthew 22) | Story

 
Story notes based on Matthew 22 where Jesus answers the question about taxes
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Today’s heroes are the Herodians because they shows us the gift of a coin.

Essential Teachers notes:
This passage shows two groups become unlikely allies. The Herodians are a bit of an unknown factor, we know they wished to restore a member of the Herodian dynasty to the throne in Judea and they fought for political independence but little else. As long as Rome let them fully rule themselves they probably would have been happy. The Pharisees would have found these terms totally offensive, nothing but an offspring of David should rule as king over the land and the only higher authority for their king would have been divine. Bringing the Herodians along for a political question concerning Rome was a clever play, they would have no problem getting Jesus arrested for not paying taxes.

Tell this story or a similar one of your choice from a favourite bible translation or story book. This version is supplied for inspiration, feel free to omit or embellish to give it your personal voice.

Main Passage : Matthew 22

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Parable of the Banquet Guests (Luke 14) | Story

 
Story notes based on Luke 14 and Matthew 22 where Jesus tells the parable of the banquet guests who didn't arrive
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Today’s hero is the banquet host because he shows us the gift of an open door

Essential Teachers notes:
There are two telling’s of this story, and if you’ll forgive the huge simplification, the telling in Luke pretty much sticks to the bare bones of the story, the idea that there was a banquet where everyone uninvited was welcomed. The Matthew one by contrast puts in some deep symbolism, it ups the banquet to a wedding, talks about the servants being killed when they went to collect the guests, and ends with a puzzling passage about a man being thrown out for dressing incorrectly. All these are great to explore further with older groups but I’ve stuck to the simple form for this retelling.

Tell this story or a similar one of your choice from a favourite bible translation or story book. This version is supplied for inspiration, feel free to omit or embellish to give it your personal voice.

Main Passage : Luke 14
Additional Passage : Matthew 22

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Parable of the Bad Tenants (Matthew 21) | Story

 
Story notes based on Matthew 21 where Jesus tells the parable of the Vineyard owner asking his sons for help
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Today’s heroes are the bad tenants because they shows us the gift of consequences.

Essential Teachers notes:
Some stories seem innocent enough until you get into them, this is such a parable. It wouldn’t have taken long for the listeners to start switching out ‘servant’ with ‘prophet’, to wonder if the vineyard was Eden’s glory or the promised holy kingdom of heaven on earth. The process was thinly veiled even by Jesus’ standard, there would be no explaining this one to the apostles later. For the religious leaders, clearly painted as the worst of tenants it was a threat that couldn’t be more direct if it physically slapped them, but their hands were tied by the other ears that heard. As if adding insult to injury Jesus then sets himself up as the cornerstone, the very foundation that the new kingdom would be built upon.

Tell this story or a similar one of your choice from a favourite bible translation or story book. This version is supplied for inspiration, feel free to omit or embellish to give it your personal voice.

Main Passage : Matthew 21:33-46

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Parable of the Two Sons (Matthew 21) | Story

 
Story notes based on Matthew 21 where Jesus tells the parable of the Vineyard owner asking his sons for help
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Today’s hero is The Older Son because he shows us the gift of A Changed Mind

Essential Teachers notes:
This little parable packs a punch, here we have the vineyard owner again, but instead of looking for hired workers he’s asking his own sons to help out. The two sons both react very differently, in the moment they both tell the truth, one says no (or perhaps ‘I won’t’ or ‘I don’t want to’ dependant on your translation) but the other obeys. In that moment the good son is obvious. But as we see the words are empty, much like the religious leaders faith in the encounters. The challenge of this parable goes two ways, to act on your convictions and to be willing to recognise your errors and put them right. If you have older kids do delve into the question that the religious leaders hit pass on and why they may be afraid to stand behind John the Baptist.

Tell this story or a similar one of your choice from a favourite bible translation or story book. This version is supplied for inspiration, feel free to omit or embellish to give it your personal voice.

Main Passage : Matthew 21:28-32

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Parable of the Vineyard Owner (Matthew 20) | Story

 
Story notes based on Matthew 18 where Jesus tells the parable of the Vineyard owner or the hired hands.
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Today’s hero is The Vineyard Owner because he shows us the gift of Order

Essential Teachers notes:
Jesus was a storyteller and this powerful small story goes against the grain of so much that is taught to kids. It doesn’t matter how many followers or likes you can score, Jesus will love you the same, it doesn’t matter how many bible verses you can recite or how much muck your sin has created God’s going to take you in as his chosen child.

Tell this story or a similar one of your choice from a favourite bible translation or story book. This version is supplied for inspiration, feel free to omit or embellish to give it your personal voice.

Main Passage : Matthew 20:1-16

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Parable of the forgiven Debt (Matthew 18) | Story

 
Story notes based on Matthew 18 where Jesus tells the parable of the forgiven debt.
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Today’s hero is the servant because he shows us the gift of Forgiveness

Essential Teachers notes:
This parable of Jesus is probably not the most popular with many, especially not bankers, but the kind of radical forgiveness it displays is sorely needed in today’s world. The idea of burning your last bridges, squandering your last chance, and ‘no way back’ are rife and yet God never shuts that door to us and asks us to not shut that door to others. If you have older kids it’s worth reminding them that forgive means to not hold it over someone’s head but not to necessarily forget – the king would have been wise to hesitate before lending the man more – equally forgiveness is granted when requested on our knees, acknowledging our shortcomings, not given automatically.

Tell this story or a similar one of your choice from a favourite bible translation or story book. This version is supplied for inspiration, feel free to omit or embellish to give it your personal voice.

Main Passage : Matthew 18:21-35
Extra reference : Acts 1

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2 or 3 are gathered (Matthew 18) | Story

 
Story notes based on Matthew 18 where Jesus talks about resolving disputes and gathering to pray.
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Today’s hero is Justus because he shows us the gift of praying together

Essential Teachers notes:
There are two quite distinct teachings in this short 6 verse section from Matthew 18 – the teaching on resolving arguments and the teaching on corporate prayer. I’ve tried to capture both by weaving a slightly fictional story alongside about one of the crowd of extra’s. We know from Acts 2 that many men were with Jesus throughout his time but not chosen to be one of his disciples, I’ve chosen a name from there ‘Justus’ to be our hero. Which of the two elements you choose to stress is entirely up to you but for the supporting material I’ve chosen the latter message about corporate gathering as I write this while the world is struggling with a pandemic and the idea that Jesus is just as present in the living room as the sanctuary is key.

Tell this story or a similar one of your choice from a favorite bible translation or story book.

Main Passage : Matthew 18 15-20
Extra reference : Acts 1

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Peter gets it wrong (Matthew 16) | Story

 
Peter gets it wrong (Matthew 16) | Story
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Today’s heroes is Simon-Peter because he shows us the gift of a cross

Essential Teachers notes:
A huge part of understanding scripture comes from understanding the context that it’s played out in. In passages like this where Peter challenges Jesus’ planned schedule as absurd, we have to see the wider picture to understand the actions of the characters. This shift in Jesus’ teaching is totally incompatible with the expectations and teachings of a coming Messiah and Peter putting his foot in it is a very predictable response. It’s easy to make Peter look like a fool or a man of weak faith in this conversation but neither is true. By understanding why he had trouble grasping this concept we also shed light on why the religious leaders lead Jesus to his death.

Tell this story or a similar one of your choice from a favorite bible translation or story book.

Main Passage : Matthew 16

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