What did Jesus teach?


Unit 3: The Sermons and Parables of Jesus in the Gospels

The Gospels declare that Jesus was an extraordinarily powerful communicator. The Gospel of Luke reports that he possessed Godly insight and wisdom early in his life, even as a young child.  Luke tells that on a journey to Jerusalem at a young age that his parents found him in the temple: “After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.” (Luke 2:46-47 ESV)

Both the Gospels of Matthew and Mark declared that he taught with great authority:

“And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.” (Matthew 7:28-29 ESV)

“And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching. And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes.” (Mark 1:21-22 ESV)

In this unit we will focus on Jesus’ teaching through His sermons and parables in the Gospels; what better way to answer our course question, What did Jesus teach? We will also explore what is meant when Jesus is called the light of the world.

There are six sections in this third unit of the course:
1.    Unit introduction
2.    Jesus, the Light of the World
3.    The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel
4.    The Sermon on the Plain in Luke’s Gospel
5.    Unique Parables in Luke’s Gospel
6.    The Sermons of Jesus in John’s Gospel

As in the previous sections, do make sure to have your Bible and a notebook ready. Make sure to take good notes as well as record any further insights that you might gather from your study.

Learning occurs when we are no longer afraid to ask any question of the text. The early church fathers often proclaimed that
when we read the Bible, that the text reads us as well.