Product was successfully added to your shopping cart.

No products in the cart.

Modern Parables - Living in the Kingdom of God | Homeschool Curriculum

Modern Parables is an original film-based Bible study series on Jesus’ parables. It uses short films combined with teaching by pastors and in-depth study materials to create an entirely new learning experience.

This product can only be purchased in a subscription as a part of the Homeschool Mega Bundle.


  • Formats: Streaming
  • Lessons: 12
  • Addl Mtls: Study Book, Teacher's Guide are NOT included
  • Age: 10 to Adult
  • Teacher: Various


License: This product is licensed for use by one family. Coop participants must purchase one subscription per family.

Modern Parables seeks to re-create the emotional immediacy that Jesus’ 1st-century audience felt when hearing the parables. It does this by using some of the best parable scholarship and exploring it through creative filmmaking. The gut-level understanding made possible by the films is intended to drive listeners into a deeper understanding of the Bible.

Designed for Family or Group use, the set includes:

  • 6 parable films and 6 application videos for 12 complete lessons. Parables included: Hidden Treasure, Samaritan, The Shrewd Manager, The Widow & Judge, The Sower, and Prodigal Sons.
  • 6 director's commentaries that can be used with material in the Leader's Guide to teach 6 additional lessons on Cinematic Theology.
  • Leader's Guide with two introductory chapters on the parables, twelve detailed teacher's notes for teaching each class, and six lessons on Cinematic Theology. 
  • Study Book with twelve in-depth chapters on the Biblical content of the parables. 
  • Spanish Subtitles

The films are not just loosely based on the parables, but very accurately follow the original text. The goal of the films is to re-create the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual impact of the original parables. It is high integrity to the Word of God in all its parts that makes the study so effective.

By modernizing the parables, they become more accessible to a contemporary audience. People can immediately relate to what the films are saying as well as to what the pastors are teaching. The pastoral application videos show how the parables relate to our daily lives, as well as how we each fit into the broader scope of the Kingdom of God.

Watch the course content on any Internet-capable device.

Cancel any time from within your account.


3Reviews For Modern Parables

  1. Tara

    We have only seen the first two parables and application videos, but I’m in love with these videos! They engage my son (age 11) and the Gospel is so clearly and boldly proclaimed in the application videos. I love watching my son engaged in Truth!

  2. Rebecca

    Our only complaint is we need more. We really enjoyed them. Hope you plan to make more.

  3. Deanna

    We like this product overall, but were disappointed to find out that the director's commentary and cinematic theology lessons are not included in the streaming subscription. The description states that there are six additional lessons with the director discussing cinematography and filmmaking and this is not the case.

Add a review

Only registered users can write reviews. Please, log in or register

Related Lessons

Lessons 1 & 2: Hidden Treasure

A light comedy about an unsuccessful real estate agent who finds oil in a field and must convince his wife they should sell all they own to buy it. Application video taught by Dr. Daniel. Based on the film style of Frank Capra.

Lessons 3 & 4: Samaritan

A drama about a teenage boy who watches his father and youth leader pass by a hurt man, only to see the man helped by someone he didn’t expect to help him. Application video taught by Jeff Schulte. Based on the film style of Ingmar Bergman.

Lessons 5 & 6: The Shrewd Manager

An ironic comedy about a dishonest farm manager who is fired and so must think quickly to figure out a way into his next job. Application video taught by Dr. Gene Mims. Based on the film style of Woody Allen.

Lessons 7 & 8: The Widow & Judge

A moving drama about a poor widow who struggles against a corrupt judge in her pursuit of justice. Application video taught by Dr. George Grant. Based on the film To Kill a Mockingbird.

Lessons 9 & 10: The Sower

A documentary about an 80-year-old wheat farmer who grows his crop from planting to harvest. Application video taught by Dr. Frank Lewis.

Lessons 11 & 12: Prodigal Sons

A drama about two sons trying to manipulate their father to achieve their own selfish ends. Application video taught by Scotty Smith. Based on the film style of Orson Welles.

6 Bonus Lessons: Cinematic Theology

Each film is accompanied with a director’s commentary which explains the ideas behind the making of the film. A list of small group questions are also available for these lessons.


Hidden Treasure


Hidden Treasure - Application Video


After viewing the film, take a look at the study book that is included with each Modern Parable.

Click the button the bottom right to view the book in fullscreen.



If your question or problem isn't addressed here, please Contact Us.

How do subscriptions differ from streaming products?

Subscriptions differ from their streaming counterparts in how you pay for them. Rather than pay the entire product price on the day of purchase, you pay the recurring monthly charge as advertised. Streaming describes content, and subscription describes the payment method.

How do subscription licenses work?

Subscriptions are licensed to a single family. In other words, use your Homeschool Mega Bundle subscription for all of the children in your household! All 130+ lessons are available to your family members at a single monthly price.

If you are leading a coop or tutorial and plan to use one of our subscription courses, we ask that all participating families purchase a subscription to the course used in the tutorial. If the tutorial is using American History, then participating families may either purchase the single American History subscription or the Homeschool Mega Bundle which contains American History and 6 other courses.

Are subscriptions enabled for all of your products?

Not yet, but we plan to make regular increases in our catalog. New products will be developed with a subscription model in mind. The Homeschool Mega Bundle provides access to most of our subscription catalog in one product.

Why can't I add items to my shopping cart?

Subscription items must be purchased individually. If you have existing items in your shopping cart, adding a subscription product will yield the following error message:

Subscription items must be purchased individually with no other items in the cart. Please clear your cart to add this item.

To continue, place your subscription orders non-subscription orders separately.

If I have already purchased a curricular item, do I need to purchase it again as a subscription?

No. We're not providing any disruption to our valued customers. We're simply providing an affordable way to integrate some of our other products into your homeschool.

You may, however, find value in purchasing a subscription in addition to your physical or downloadable product. Subscription products are as mobile as your Internet-ready devices. Going on a trip as part of your American History study? Take your phone or tablet and leave the DVDs at home!

What are the system requirements for using a subscription?

You will need Internet access and a device with a modern Web browser. Ad blocking software can cause problems when viewing the videos. Please add http://www.compassclassroom.com/ to your whitelist to enjoy playback.

Will my subscription price change if the store's advertised price increases?

No. As long as you maintain an active subscription, you will receive the subscription product at the price posted when purchased. If you cancel your subscription and wish to access the content again, you will need to purchase a subscription at the current price.

How can I view the details of my subscription?

Once you've logged in to your account, go to "Subscriptions" on the left-hand menu. Click "Manage" on the desired subscription and you will see information about your subscription on the profile page that loads.  You can see the product, start date, billng amount, and next billing date of your subscription. Contact us if you have any questions about your subscription.

What if I don't like the product or the service?

We offer a comprehensive satisfaction guarantee as follows: 

We want you and your kids to be pleased with everything you buy from us, so we guarantee a full refund if you're not completely satisfied. Shop with confidence!

What happens if I cancel my subscription?

You will no longer have access to the content purchased as a subscription at the end of that billing period.

How do I cancel my subscription?

Our latest update allows the customer to cancel subscriptions at any time. Once you've logged in to your account, go to "Subscriptions" on the left-hand menu. Click "Manage" on the desired subscription and "Cancel This Subscription" on the subscription profile that loads. Contact us if you have any difficulty canceling your subscription. You will have access to the content until the end of your current billing period.


Modern Parables was designed to be a "modular" study whose parts could be adjusted to meet a variety of teaching and ministry needs.


The two links below are PDFs that explore the background theology of the parables and Biblical application. These two chapters can also be found in the front of the Leaders's Guide in the Group Study DVD Set.


Teaching Sequences

Linked below are specific sequences you might be interested in checking out. These files are editable with Word or another word processor so that you can make adjustments within the class template to meet your particular needs.


Movie Posters

You may be inclined to promote Modern Parables at your church or online.  The link below will give you a zipped file of hi-res movie posters you can print and use however you see fit. MP1  Move Posters