13. THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER (Luke 8:4-15)
BACKGROUND: The parable of the sower was the first parable of Jesus, a kind of an agenda for his three years of public ministry.
- Why did Jesus compare the Word of God with a seed? Find as many similarities as possible.
- What did Jesus want to say about his coming ministry through this
- In what concrete ways does the Devil take the Word of God away from our hearts
- How can we prevent the thing described in verse 12 from happening to
- Look at verses 6 and 13. What kind of testing can cause a person to fall away from the Christian faith?
- What were these people in vs.13 rejoicing about in the first place?
- What does Jesus mean by a Christian who doesn't have any "roots"?
- How can "life's worries, riches and pleasures" choke the Word of God in our lives
- Why do riches seem to be a bigger problem for a Christian than poverty is?
- What do we have to do if we realize that worries, riches and pleasures are little by little separating us from the Word of
- How does bad soil become good soil (vs. 8,15)?
- What are the conditions on which a human life can bear fruit?
- Which of these four soils fits best into the state of your heart at this moment? (You can answer in your
- What does Jesus mean by a hundred-fold crop (vs. 8)?
- Why do many Christians in our day expect "the crop" in their lives to grow
- What does this parable teach us about evangelism?
- What does this text teach about "power evangelism"? (If you don't know the term, you can skip the
- In the Bible, Jesus is equal to the Word of God (The leader may read John 1:1). What are the similarities between Jesus and the seed?
GLAD TIDINGS: Jesus said the following during his last night on this earth: "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you the truth, unless the kernel of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds... He said this to show the kind of death he was going to
(John 12:23-33). Accordingly, the seed in this parable is nothing else but the word of the cross.