|Ellen's slides to the introductory session|
June 28 Robert Parrish will lead a study on the Parable of the Sower. The scripture text is Matthew 13:1-23.
Here is the outline for the discussion from Robert.
I. Description of the Farming Regions of Israel
II. Our Formation From Dust (Gen 2:7)
III. Reading of Parable (Matthew 13:1-23)
IV. Insights and Questions About Parable
A. Those who don’t Hear- teachers of the law and religious leaders of Jesus’ time Matthew 13:19)-(Matthew 12:35-42) (Isaiah 44:18)
*Where in our society are the ethics of God not heard or understood?
B. Rocky soil-There is no spiritual Growth
1. Study the Bible or other religious text-(Timothy 2:15)
2. Prayer-(Thessalonians 5:16-18)
3. Community-(Hebrews 10-25)
*Is there harm in our society due to the lack of
Church or worship attendance?
C. Thorns-Expectations of our society-(Matthew 13:22)
*What expectations are really thorns?
*What are “treasures in heaven”-(Matthew 6:19-20) (Matthew 6:33)
D. Good Soil-Those who hear (Matthew 13:23)
*As it applies to the kingdom of Heaven, what is this
Increase that Jesus is referring?
Ellen Beidler's slides from the introductory session June 21