Growth Group Study Guide
Re-Evaluate Your Life
POINT 1: Hard Soil
POINT 2: Rocky Soil
POINT 3: Thorny Soil
POINT 3: Good Soil
Choose questions to get your group thinking and create openness:
- Begin your discussion with highlights from this Sunday’s sermon? What something that stood out to you? Share what you learned and how will it impact your life?
- What questions did this Sunday’s message raise? Share them in the group and offer your answers to each other’s questions.
Read Matthew 13:1-13. On the hard soil, Satan steals away the Word from people who hear about God. Give some examples of how he steals the Word from us. In the past, what has been something that has kept your heart from being the hard soil?
The rocky soil receives the seed with joy, but the plant withers when trials and tribulations come. How can trials and tribulations weaken our faith? How can trials and tribulations strengthen our faith?
The third soil was plagued with weeds of worry, the deceit of wealth, and wanting things. In your opinion, how does each of these things keep us from accepting God’s word and producing a crop? Are any of these weeds in your life? If so, what do they look like?
How do you condition your heart to have a soil that is fertile and ready to bear much fruit for Christ, not the previous soils described?
What is one area in your life you want to work on to make yourself more fruitful? What might this parable of the sower encourage you to do differently this week?
Pray that God will help us all have a heart open to hear and act on God’s Word. Pray that God will show you how you can encourage someone else who’s struggling with what kind of soil they are trying to grow in.
Take 10-15 minutes
to share in your group some of the insight you have learned from your recent Life Journal Readings. For reference, here are this week's passages.
Life Journal Readings
- August 5 (Day 218) - Habakkuk 1; Habakkuk 2; Habakkuk 3; John 8
- August 6 (Day 219) - Zephaniah 1; Zephaniah 2; Zephaniah 3; John 9
- August 7 (Day 220) - Jeremiah 1; Jeremiah 2; John 10
- August 8 (Day 221) - Jeremiah 3, Jeremiah 4; John 11
- August 9 (Day 222) - Jeremiah 5; Jeremiah 6; John 12
- August 10 (Day 223) - Jeremiah 7; Jeremiah 8; Jeremiah 9; John 13
- August 11 (Day 224) - Jeremiah 10; Jeremiah 11; Jeremiah 12; John 14
- August 12 (Day 225) - Jeremiah 13; Jeremiah 14; Jeremiah 15; John 15
- August 13 (Day 226) - Jeremiah 16; Jeremiah 17; Psalms 96; John 16
- August 14 (Day 227) - Jeremiah 18; Jeremiah 19; Jeremiah 20; Psalms 93; John 17
- August 15 (Day 228) - 2 Kings 24; Jeremiah 22; Psalms 112; John 18
Lamentations 3:40 MSG