January 2018 – Week 3

Daily Bible Reading:

Day 1: Matthew 11
Day 2: Matthew 12
Day 3: Matthew 13
Day 4: Matthew 14
Day 5: Matthew 15

Bible Study: Matthew 13:3-9, 18-23

Topic: The Story of the Sower and the Seed

Instructions:

  • Have someone tell the story or paraphrase the passage in their own words.
  • Have someone read the story or passage from the Bible.
  • Check to see if anything was left out of the sharing of the story/paraphrase.

Discussion:

  1. Have you ever tried to grow anything? If so, what did you try to grow and how are your gardening skills? What have you learned about gardening?
  2. In our story, Jesus told a story about gardening and explained its meaning. Who did “the sower” represent and what is “the seed” that he was sowing? What did the different types of soil represent?
  3. Who did the birds represent and what did they do to the seeds that fell by the wayside? It what ways does “the evil one” snatch away the Gospel seed?
  4. Why do you think some people develop a hard heart toward God and the good news of the Gospel? What are the best ways to share our faith with people who are hardened toward God and the Gospel?
  5. What did the rocky soil represent? What two things did Jesus say reveal a shallow commitment to Christ? What happens to the seed in this soil?
  6. What did the thorny soil represent? What two things did Jesus say reveal an uncertain commitment to Christ? What happens to the seed in this soil?
  7. What did the good soil represent? What is the one thing that reveals a true commitment to Christ? What is spiritual fruit? Do all true believers bear spiritual fruit? Why do you think some believers bear more fruit than others?
  8. In what way is the sower an example to follow? Even though everyone will not be receptive, why is it important for us to continually share our faith?
  9. Which of the soils in this story do you most identify with and why? In what ways can your life become more fruitful for God?

Prayer: Let’s pray for one another today that our lives will bear much fruit for God.

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