Understanding the Parables

New Testament parables are simple stories that communicate profound, even astonishing truths about the nature of the kingdom and mission of Jesus. They reveal deep mysteries to those with eyes to see, but hide them from those who refuse to hear the truth. Join Dr. R.C. Sproul as he explores the “secrets of the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 13:11) by carefully examining the parables of Jesus.

  • Worldwide Class

    Take this course with Ligonier Connect students from around the world. In the Worldwide Class, you'll be able to:

    • Take the course at your own pace
    • Discuss questions and share notes with your classmates
    • Keep unlimited access to the course content with an active Ligonier Connect subscription
  • Create your own group class

    Take this course with your own private group of friends, family, or church members. With a group class, you'll be able to:

    • Take the class together on a schedule or allow members to work at their own pace
    • Invite anyone to join your class (requires a Ligonier Connect subscription)
    • Moderate discussion questions and leave feedback for each member of your class
    • Monitor each member's progress at a glance

About this course

Jesus’ earthly ministry is significant for a number of reasons, especially for His prolific teaching about the kingdom of God. In this course, Dr. R.C. Sproul explores the teaching ministry of Jesus, focusing particularly on eleven of His parables. In "Understanding the Parables," learn why Jesus is the greatest teacher who ever lived and gain a deeper understanding of and higher affection for the timeless and weighty message He proclaimed.

This course has been approved by the Association of Christian Schools International for one Continuing Education Unit.

Course Path Overview

  • Getting Started

    • Welcome to Understanding the Parables

      • to-do Review Course Material
      • to-do Update Your Student Profile
      • to-do Introduce Yourself
  • Introduction

    • Lesson 1: Introduction

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch Introduction
      • to-do Discuss
      • Take Lesson 1 Self-Assessment
  • Parable of the Unjust Judge

    • Lesson 2: Parable of the Unjust Judge

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch Parable of the Unjust Judge
      • to-do Discuss
      • Take Lesson 2 Self-Assessment
  • Parable of the Rich Fool

    • Lesson 3: Parable of the Rich Fool

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch Parable of the Rich Fool
      • to-do Discuss
      • Take Lesson 3 Self-Assessment
  • Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus

    • Lesson 4: Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus
      • to-do Discuss
      • Take Lesson 4 Self-Assessment
  • Parable of the Hidden Treasure & Parable of the Pearl of Great Price

    • Lesson 5: Parable of the Hidden Treasure & Parable of the Pearl of Great Price

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch Parable of the Hidden Treasure & Parable of the Pearl of Great Price
      • to-do Discuss
      • Take Lesson 5 Self-Assessment
  • Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

    • Lesson 6: Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
      • to-do Discuss
      • Take Lesson 6 Self-Assessment
  • Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

    • Lesson 7: Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
      • to-do Discuss
      • Take Lesson 7 Self-Assessment
  • Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

    • Lesson 8: Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch Parable of the Unforgiving Servant
      • to-do Discuss
      • Take Lesson 8 Self-Assessment
  • Parable of the Good Samaritan

    • Lesson 9: Parable of the Good Samaritan

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch Parable of the Good Samaritan
      • to-do Discuss
      • Take Lesson 9 Self-Assessment
  • Parable of the Prodigal Son

    • Lesson 10: Parable of the Prodigal Son

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch The Parable of the Prodigal Son
      • to-do Discuss
      • Take Lesson 10 Self-Assessment
  • Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins

    • Lesson 11: Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
      • to-do Discuss
      • Take Lesson 11 Self-Assessment
  • Parable of the Talents

    • Lesson 12: Parable of the Talents

      • read Introduction
      • read Bible Reading
      • watch Parable of the Talents
      • to-do Discuss
      • Take Lesson 12 Self-Assessment