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
- 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.
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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.