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Changing Your Mind Can Be Blessed or Disastrous Key Verse: Matthew 21:29 I. The context of the parable of the two sons A. The parable comes in response to the question the chief priests and elders asked Jesus as He taught in the temple, “… By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?” (Matt. 21:23). 1. Jesus refused to answer their question directly since they declined to answer His own question concerning the source of John the Baptist’s baptism. 2. Yet this parable provides an indirect answer, as is shown by the connective “but” which begins it. B. This parable is presented as a vivid pictorial challenge to the Jewish leaders. 1. In Matthew 3:4–6 we find a first group responding to the message of repentance by John. But they came to John after their change of mind and regret for their sinful way of life. They feared that the Messiah wo…

United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2011 | AFTER PENTECOST PROPER 16 YEAR A Old Testament Exodus 1:8–2:10 Psalm Psalm 124 (UMH 846) New Testament Romans 12:1–8 Gospel Matthew 16:13–20 Vanderbilt Divinity Library, United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Christian Worship One Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2011 | PENTECOST TENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST Old Testament Genesis 39:1–6a Psalm Psalm 92 New Testament 1 Corinthians 10:6–13 Gospel Luke 16:1–9 Christian Worship One Year Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2011 | AFTER PENTECOST PROPER 16 YEAR A Old Testament & Psalm, Option I Old Testament Exodus 1:8–2:10 Psalm Psalm 124 or Old Testament & Psalm, Option II Old Testament Isaiah 51:1–6 Psalm Psalm 138 New Testament Romans 12:1–8 Gospel Matthew 16:13–20 Revised Common Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Catholic Lectionary

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2011 | ORDINARY TIME TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A First Reading Isaiah 22:19–23 Response Psalm 138:8bc Psalm Psalm 138:1–3, 6, 8 Second Reading Romans 11:33–36 Gospel Acclamation Matthew 16:18 Gospel Matthew 16:13–20 Catholic Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2011 | AFTER PENTECOST PROPER 16 YEAR A Old Testament & Psalm, Option I Old Testament Exodus 1:8–2:10 Psalm Psalm 124 or Old Testament & Psalm, Option II Old Testament Isaiah 51:1–6 Psalm Psalm 138 New Testament Romans 12:1–8 Gospel Matthew 16:13–20 Revised Common Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).