Join us as we dive deeper into the scripture passage from this past Sunday morning. Whether you’re in a group or just wanting to talk around the dinner table, you can use this discussion guide as we allow God’s word to shape us together in community!
What’s the hardest teacher you had in school? What made them so hard?
What ways have you seen God at work in the past week?
10 His disciples came and asked him, “Why do you use parables when you talk to the people?”
11 He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not. 12 To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them. 13 That is why I use these parables,
For they look, but they don’t really see. They hear, but they don’t really listen or understand.
16 “But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. 17 I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, but they didn’t see it. And they longed to hear what you hear, but they didn’t hear it.
18 “Now listen to the explanation of the parable about the farmer planting seeds: 19 The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts. 20 The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. 21 But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. 22 The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced. 23 The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
Romans 1:1-5,16-17 (NLT)
If you had overheard Jesus telling his disciples this (especially verses 11-13), how would you have felt?
a. Wait, so he’s teaching so that we won’t get it?!
b. Man, this kingdom must be important if you’re that careful even talking about it.
c. I still don’t get why you don’t just say it clearly!
d. Wait, I really want to understand. How do I get in on the explanations?
e. other _____________________
What does Jesus’ strong words about listening and seeing show us about what it means to follow Him?
What do you think makes the difference between someone who sees, hears, and understands and someone who doesn’t? What made the disciples different?
Which soil would have best described you in the past (maybe when you first heard about Jesus)? How about now?
What are the things get in the way of your heart being “good soil” for what God wants to show you?
What type of “produce” have you seen in your life or around you in the past few weeks or months?