“The Parables of Jesus (Religion 390R),” Institute Selected Course Outlines (2018)
“The Parables of Jesus (Religion 390R)”
Course Objective: Students will learn the doctrine and principles of the parables of Jesus Christ that are unique to each of the New Testament Gospels and the modern-day application of these parables.
“The parable conveys to the hearer religious truth exactly in proportion to his faith and intelligence. … Only he who seeks finds” (Bible Dictionary, “Parables”).
The cares of the world can distract us from focusing on the Lord and choke our faith and testimony (see Matthew 13:22).
As we open our hearts to the word of God and receive it, we will become converted to the Savior and bring forth good works (see Matthew 13:23).
The Lord will gather the righteous during the last days and destroy the wicked at His coming (see Matthew 13:38–43).
The restored Church of Jesus Christ will grow from a small beginning to fill the whole earth (see Matthew 13:31–33).
Because the blessings of the gospel are of eternal value, they are worth any sacrifice (see Matthew 13:44–46).
God will gather all types of His children into His Church (see Matthew 13:47–50).
To enter the kingdom of God, we must obey our Heavenly Father and repent of our sins rather than only saying or pretending that we obey Him (see Matthew 21:28–32).
Our actions reveal the degree to which we truly accept Jesus Christ as the Son of God (see Matthew 22:1–14).
No one knows the day and hour of the Lord’s Second Coming, but as we watch for and recognize the signs of the times, we can know the season is near (see Matthew 24:32–34).
We cannot borrow spiritual preparation and strength from others (see Matthew 25:8–9).
We prepare to meet the Savior by increasing our testimony and conversion through daily righteousness (see Matthew 25:1–13).
To be ready for the Lord’s Second Coming and to be worthy to remain in His presence, we must come to know Him (see Matthew 25:12).
If we faithfully use the gifts and abilities the Lord has given us, then we can fulfill our divine potential and receive eternal life (see Matthew 25:19–21).
The Lord will bless us if we faithfully use the gifts and abilities He has given us, regardless of how many we have or what they may be (see Matthew 25:22–23).
If we do not develop and use our spiritual gifts for good, then we will lose them (see Matthew 25:24–29).
Only God can grant the blessing of spiritual growth, but we must do our part to nurture it (see Mark 4:26–29).
As we exercise our faith by showing our love for the Lord, we can experience His forgiveness. As we receive the Lord’s forgiveness, we are filled with the desire to love and serve Him more (see Luke 7:36–50).
To obtain eternal life, we must love God with all our heart and love our neighbor as ourselves (see Luke 10:25–37).
If we persistently pray and seek Heavenly Father’s blessings in times of need, then He will answer our prayers in ways that bless us most (see Luke 11:5–13).
If we do not repent and produce good works, we will perish (see Luke 13:1–9).
If we wisely prepare for our eternal future and righteously use earthly riches, we can be blessed with eternal riches (see Luke 16:1–12).
If we are sincere and persistent in our faithfulness to the Lord, we can obtain His mercy (see Luke 18:1–8).
God justifies those who humble themselves and seek His mercy (see Luke 18:9–14).
Jesus Christ knows and loves each of us and laid down His life for us (see John 10:14–15).
“For the fruit of the gospel to blossom and bless our lives, we must be firmly attached to Him, the Savior of us all, and to this His Church, which bears His holy name” (Jeffrey R. Holland, “Abide in Me,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2004, 32).