Parable of the Soil

By Chestnut Street Baptist Church | Jun 20, 2014
Do you know what’s really special about us here at CSBC?          NOTHING! ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!  If you are looking for a perfect church then you are going to be very disappointed with us.  At CSBC you’ll find real people, with real problems, who live real lives, and are all learning to love a real God whose grace is more than enough for all our needs.      You see, here at CSBC we don’t need to cling to our own “special-ness” or “goodness” because of the cross of Jesus Christ.  At His cross we find that we are really not so “good” after all.  In fact, we discover that we are unquestionably guilty and yet can be unconditionally forgiven.      At Jesus’ cross we learn that He does not want to condemn us in our sins but to save us from them.  At the cross we find that God receives us just where we are but He loves us enough not to leave us there.  God can and will change lives.  He is changing us and can change you as well.      So here at CSBC there are only people.  People like me.  People like you.  People like us.  People who desperately need God’s grace.  Everyone is welcome to come and receive that grace.  We invite you to join us on this life-changing journey.    Welcome Home to Chestnut Street Baptist Church!

June 22, 2014

 Matthew 13:1-23

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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