How the Kingdom Comes
June 29, 2014
Matthew 13:24-43; Mark 4:26-29
Glimpses of the Kingdom
How the Kingdom Comes
How did God speak to you through this week’s Scripture / sermon? What are you going to do in response to what you heard?
Matthew 13:24-30,36-43 – The Parable of the Weeds
The owner’s servants offer to pull the weeds but the owner says “no weeding allowed.” In what ways do we try to “weed” the world today? What makes it so difficult for us to leave the weeding/judgment to the Lord?
What is the difference between evangelizing and Christianizing the world? What is the difference between moralizing the unconverted and converting the immoral? According to this parable, what is our responsibility? What has been the consequence of our misguided efforts?
How does the parable of the weeds help you understand God’s patience and His plan for ultimately dealing with evil (cf. 2 Peter 3:8-9)?
Mark 4:26-29 – Parable of the Seed Growth
In our age of method, strategy, and programs, how should the mysterious growth of the kingdom seed humble us? Practically, what does it look like for you and I to participate in the growth of seed today (cf. 1 Corinthians 3:6-7)?
Matthew 13:31-33 – Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Leaven
How do these parables shock a world of “mega everything”? In what ways have we succumbed to the idea that bigger means better? If size equal success, then we will be tempted to attract large numbers of “church consumers” rather than nurture the hidden and unspectacular growth of the kingdom. How are these two types of ministry different? Only when the leaven was “mixed” or “hidden” in the dough (Matthew 13:33) was the batch transformed. How should the “inside-out” transformation of the dough inform our ministry today?
Who are some people in your past who have contributed to the kingdom in seemly small ways that grew to be disproportionally large? What are some small or hidden ways that you might contribute to the growth of His kingdom seed this week?
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