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Believing the good news of the kingdom

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Believing the good news of the kingdom

  1. 1. Believing the Good News of the Kingdom
  2. 2. Parables <ul><li>Stories drawn from life or nature which draws the reader to look at reality with a new set of glasses. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Parables <ul><li> describe God’s initiative towards us; </li></ul>
  4. 4. Parables <ul><li>refer to how we receive the Kingdom of God ( that emphasizes the kind of response needed to enter the Kingdom); </li></ul>
  5. 5. Parables <ul><li>guide us how to live in the Kingdom of God (that deals with our relationship with other people) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Parables <ul><li>and, remind us how to wait for the end-time ( that refers to the future coming of the Kingdom) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Miracles <ul><li>A manifestation of God’s presence and power </li></ul>
  8. 8. Functions of Miracles <ul><li>Miracle stories are revelatory (of Jesus identity and mission). </li></ul>
  9. 9. Functions of Miracles <ul><li>Miracle stories advance the Kingdom of God. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Kinds of Miracles <ul><li>Healing (15) </li></ul><ul><li>Exorcism (5) </li></ul><ul><li>Resuscitation (2) </li></ul><ul><li>Nature (6) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Miracle Form <ul><li>Setting </li></ul><ul><li>Request </li></ul><ul><li>Response/Intervention </li></ul><ul><li>Result </li></ul><ul><li>Reaction </li></ul>
  12. 12. Setting <ul><li>Sets up the characters, place and setting for the miracle which will soon take place. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Request <ul><li>This manifests the problem needing Jesus’ intervention often explicit though this is not necessary at times. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Response <ul><li>This is the intervention of Jesus, either by words and/or by actions. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Result <ul><li>This is the action of Jesus, the cure or the resolution of the problem. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Reaction <ul><li>Miracles are signs. This is the perception of those who experienced the sign. </li></ul>

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