Parable of the Soil
June 22, 2014
SERIES: Glimpses of the Kingdom
Parable of the Soil
Share about a time that you didn’t see something that was right in front of your eyes. What caused you to miss it?
How did God speak to you through this week’s passage / sermon? What are you going to do in response to what you heard?
Matthew 13:19. The majority of Jesus’ parables about the Kingdom of Heaven have to do with agriculture/growing plants. What is your own experience with gardening?
How do you think a farmer listening to this story would have responded to Jesus use of soil and seed? If this parable were retold today, what common occupation or familiar items might Jesus have used?
Matthew 13:10-17. Parables are not mere sermon illustrations, which are used to make things clearer. How does Jesus explain the purpose of parables? How might these stories help some understand while hindering the understanding of others?
Matthew 13:19. The parables are “words of the kingdom” (cf. Matthew 4:17, 23; 13:19,24,31,33,44,45,47,52; 18:23; 20:1; 22:2; 25:1). Jesus never offers a definition of the Kingdom of Heaven, instead he tells parables. Why might Jesus have used stories that forced the hearer to think and question instead of just offering concrete answers?
Matthew 13:18-23. Describe each of the four soils. Share an experience you have had with someone representative of each of the four soils.
Matthew 13:18-23. The farmer was not being foolish in sowing the seed where he did. Only as time passed did each kind of soil reveal itself for what it was. What encouragement does this give you to “sow widely” as you share the “word of the kingdom” with others? What encouragement does this give you as people respond, or fail to respond, to that word??
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