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The Mystery of the Seed – Week 4

by on January 26, 2015

From January through Easter we are doing a church-wide study of the Gospel of Mark. Each week we distribute study questions to help lead you into discussions with your family and friends. Below are the questions from week 4.

Click here to listen to the Week 4 sermon from Pastor Jim.

  • Compare the concept of the seed that fell on ‘hardened ground’ and the use in scripture of the phrase ‘hardened hearts’. Why do we find this condition so prevalent among people? What can lead to a person having a ‘hardened heart’ to the Gospel of salvation?
  • In Mark 4:26 the Lord uses the analogy of a seed growing and yet the planter does not know how it happens. What is His point in relation to the gospel and the human heart?
  • As we consider the parable of the sower, what are ways that you see people being on a path with birds, the rocky places with a scorching sun, and the thorns that prevent growth? Are there times in your life where you have been each of the different kinds of soil?
  • Are there any ways that we can help our friends and loved ones remain in good soil so the Word of God will not only be planted in their lives but will continue to grow and produce?
  • On a practical level, what does it look like when the Word of God is growing in you and you are producing a good crop?  Are there actions you could take to encourage more growth in this area?
  • What are ways in which God’s working in your life have seemed small and insignificant, like the mustard seed, but have turned out to be something larger?
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