Rooted & Growing Revisited

Message 12 of 12 in the series Rooted & Growing

And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable, “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, 10 he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’ 11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. 14 And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. 15 As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.

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Luke 8:4-15, ESV

Discussion Questions

  • Read John 15:5,10

    What does “bearing fruit” mean in the life of a believer? What does Jesus say is the key for a believer to abide in Him?

  • In your own words describe the 4 types of soil in the parable Jesus tells in Luke 8 and explain what type of person each one represents. Why is it important for our hearts to be prepared and softened to receive God’s word?

  • According to the sermon what does ‘exhortation’ mean? Read Hebrews 3:13-14. How is exhortation used by God in the life of a believer to help them abide in Christ? Based on this, what importance do you think being part of a discipling community group has in the life of a believer?

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