of the Sower, the Seed and the Soils
That same day
Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. And great crowds gathered
about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd
stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables
Then the disciples came and said to him, "Why do You speak to them in parables?" And he answered them, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. Indeed, in their case the prophecy of of Isaiah is fulfilled that says:
will indeed hear but never understand,
are your eyes, for they see, and your ears for they hear. Truly, I say
to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see,
and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
5.What are the three things that keep us from "keeping" or "growing" in the Word?
6.What can we do
to stop Satan from stealing the Word sown in our hearts?
7.How can we get
rooted in the Word?
8.Can you give examples of trouble or persecution that arise on account of the Word? ( ones you have experienced or heard of)
9.How have you dealt
with persecutions ?
10.What are the " cares of this world and lures of wealth or riches" that choke the Word. ? Matthew 6:24
11.What type of fruit does the Word produce in our life. John 15:7
** Remember, satan sometimes tries to steal the Word by bringing hardships and disappointments our way with the hope of getting us offended with God. Matthew 11:6 & 13:21