The Narrative of Jesus’ Life
In the Gospels, Jesus teaches through parables but usually does not interpret the parables for his followers. The Parable of the Sower is an exception as Jesus provides the interpretation in Matthew 13:18-23.
Reading from the Gospel
Matthew 13:3 And (Jesus) told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, 6 but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. 7 Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8 Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears, let him hear.” (ESV)
Sharing your Faith
- Brainstorm reasons Jesus taught in parables.
- There are three negative outcomes for the seeds. Which of these outcomes do you find most concerning? Why?
- Share about a time God caused significant growth in your faith or your relationship with Him.
Pray for One Another
Each person is invited to share a prayer request. Another participant will volunteer to offer the petition. Once everyone has chosen a prayer request, take turns offering the prayers aloud.
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