After Jesus heals the paralytic in Luke, the witnesses respond in awe, saying, “We have seen strange things today” (Lk. 5:26). We find similar reactions across the Gospels to Jesus’ ministry, his telling of parables, and the early church’s encounters with the world. In Acts, the disciples are even accused of “turning the world upside down” (17:6).
During this four-week Bible study, we will explore ways the church may embody the gospel’s counter-cultural strangeness. Participants will explore the Scriptures, reflect on deeper meanings of our vision phrase, “Becoming a Parable Church,” and discover extraordinary ministries that truly turn the world upside down.