Small Group Weekly Bible Study
Parables – 1 – “Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness.”
Theme: Long Story, Short: Good soil will always yield fruit over time
The Sower (Jesus), + Soils (our hearts), + Seed (God’s Word), = Success (Fruit)
- Describe your first experience with planting something and watching it grow.
- What is it about the planting of a garden that
makes it enjoyable?
Observation and Interpretation Questions:
Read Psalm 1: 1-6
- How would you describe examples of the three things warned against (verse 1)?
- How does your life experience relate to what the Psalmist describes (verse 2)?
- What significance do you see in where one is planted (verses 3-4)?
Read Ezekiel 11:18-21
- What did you notice is the first thing the returning Jews had to do (verse 18)?
- Why do you think the softness of your heart is so important (verses 19-21)?
Read Romans 10: 5-13
- What do you think Paul meant by referring to the law of Moses (verse 5)?
- Why is it important that we not get involved in fruitless discussions (verses 6-8)?
- What are the only two requirements for salvation (verses 9-10)
- How important to you are God’s promises stated here by the Apostle Paul (verse 11-13)?
Read I Peter 3:15-17
- What does it mean to you to set Christ apart as Lord in your heart (verse 15)?
- How can you be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you (verse 15)?
- Why do you think it is important how you share the truth of the Gospel (verses 16-17)?
- What can you do to make setting Christ apart as Lord part of your lifestyle?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to prepare our hearts so that they are soft and ready to receive Your Word into our lives where it can bear the fruit You desire to see.
Talk and Pray with one another about how you can Join Jesus on His mission in your own live this week, using the questions on the back, and pray for one another about any personal concerns or praises you have.
Proximity to Jesus – Read John 15: 1-11.
How important to you is the relationship between Jesus and the Father (John 15:1-2)?
How would you describe what Jesus means by remaining in Him (John 15:3-6)?
What effect does remaining in Jesus have on getting your prayer answered (John 15:7)?
How would you describe the way bearing fruit works in your life (John 15:8)?
What is one thing that God promises if we remain in Him that you appreciate (John 15:9-11)?
Share an experience that reflects how remining close to Jesus has worked in your life.
Prayer: Father, give us the desire to remain in Jesus so that we can indeed bring forth fruit in our lives that will be so attractive that others will see Jesus in us and give You the glory.