What’s up Emerge? Tonight was another great night. If you missed it, here’s what happened.

We started off with our hang out/chat time, then moved into announcements. Here’s all the info you’ll want to know:

  1. Ice Skating – We’re going ice skating on Saturday, January 27th. We’ll leave the church around 7:00 pm and be back by 10:00 pm. The cost is $10 ($7 to get in, $3 to rent skates)
  2. Spaghetti Dinner – We’re having a Spaghetti dinner to help raise money for convention on Sunday, February 10th immediately following the service. More information will be coming, but please plan to be here that day.
  3. Glow Bowling – We’ll be going Glow Bowling on Sunday, February 24th from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. More information will be be coming for that as well.
  4. Convention – Haha, made you look. Seriously though, keep an eye on our website/Facebook/Twitter for information. We should have it by next Wednesday.

After the announcements, we moved into our worship time. Tonight’s songs were “Famous One” by Chris Tomlin, “Our God” by Chris Tomlin, and “The Heart of Worship” by Matt Redman. Following worship, Corey prayed, then began tonight’s message with an activity.

In the activity, each person wrote down something about their family, then something about their parents. The groups at each table shared what they wrote with each other, then a few people shared with the whole group. After the activity came the message. Tonight we discussed the parables that Jesus used to teach the people in the Bible (and us). Did you know that there are 55 of them total? We started out reading Isaiah 55:8.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.

We used this verse to discuss how our ways are different from God’s, similar to how different cultures have different customs. The next verse we read tonight was Matthew 13:10-13.

10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” 11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables: “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.

That set of verses discussed the reason that Jesus speaks in parables. After we discussed that a bit, we broke back into the groups to read a few of Jesus’s parables. The verses you’ll want to check out are Matthew 13:24-30 and Matthew 9:10-13. (Feel free to crack open your Bible to read these verses…)

We ended the night with a video about one of the other parables that we didn’t discuss.

QOTW: Which one of the parables do you find most interesting? Why?