TEXT: Luke 8:4-15
God’s Word brings life and spiritual fruit into the lives of those who receive it into their hearts. They must also believe and be obedient to His Word. But the life-giving power of God’s Word can do nothing but condemn if not received in the heart by faith. “Take heed therefore how ye hear” (Luke 8:18). Jesus brought out the necessity of having a receptive heart in this parable of the Sower and the Seed.
- A parable is an allegorical story from which a moral message or religious truth is taught. Why do you think Christ spoke in parables?
- What happened to the seed that fell by the wayside and to what was this likened? What type of ground would you expect to find by the wayside?
- What circumstances might cause the devil to take the Word from our hearts? What can be done to prevent this?
- What might the lack of moisture mentioned in verse 6 mean? What is the source of the needed moisture? See Jeremiah 17:13 and John 4:14.
- In reading verse 13 of the text, how can temptation cause failure of the seed to bring forth fruit?
- Explain in your own words how you feel the cares, riches, and pleasures of this life choke the Word.
- How can we really hear with our hearts and “keep it”? The Word gives us many suggestions. Look up the following Scriptures and identify what action should be taken.
2 Timothy 2:15
- Read John 15:2 and note what happened to the non-fruit-bearing and fruit-bearing branches. Explain what you think is meant by this verse.