Sunday 5th May – Mark 12:1-12


The Parable of the Tenants

We see here the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders came to question Jesus’ authority. His response was to tell them and us a parable.

  • Who do you think the characters represent?
  • What do you think the challenge is?
  • Is there a warning here for the church today, link this also to last weeks passage?


The man – God

The vineyard – Israel/promised land

The tenants – Leaders/people 

The servants – Prophets

Their treatment – Rejected

The Son – Jesus 

His treatment – Killed for selfish gain

For us now

The man – God

The vineyard – Church/people of God  

The tenants – Us/leaders/members

The servants – God’s messages to us 

Their treatment – How we treat them? 

The Son – Jesus 

His treatment – How we treat Jesus?

God’s messages to us and how we treat them?

  • Prayer
  • Love one another
  • Forgiveness
  • Spend time in God’s word
  • Serve
  • Life groups
  • Vision

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