August 3, 2014 – Morning Worship
Monday – Jeremiah 5:14–31; Mark 4:1–20
What is the main point of Jesus’ parable of the sower and the seeds? How does it apply to us?
How is what Jesus calls out after this parable key to understanding it (see Mk. 4:9, 11)? What is the application and comfort for us in that?
Why do you think Jesus quote Isaiah 6 here in Mark? What does Isaiah tell us about Jesus? How does this quote help bring comfort to those who are shaken by his warning in 3:28–30? Application?
Thursday – Psalm 119:41–48; Isaiah 5:1–7; Mark 4:13–15
Have you ever known anyone who fits the description of the first kind of “soil” (aka the path with birds)? Why would God as the “sower” throw the seed of his word on such “soil”? How is that instructive for us?
Compare the second and third types of ground – how are they similar and how are they different? How are the causes of the plants’ destruction here reminiscent of the first temptation of Adam and Eve? Do you know examples of people who fit these descriptions? How do they serve as warnings to us?
What is it that makes this final soil good? How does that bring comfort to us in our doubts and challenge us in our pride? How does this passage motivate us to take the good news of the gospel with us into the world?