- Parables reveal truth to the hungry and expose the unbelief of the hard hearted. How would you describe the condition of your heart: hardened, shallow, worldly, or fruitful?
- The expectation of every believer is that they would bear fruit abundantly according to Mark 4:20 and Matthew 13:23. Are you bearing fruit? Explain.
- We are called to proclaim the gospel and teach the Word of God. The results will vary according to the condition of the hearts of the hearers. Who are you wanting to be more strategic with in your sowing?
Use the links below as resources in your prayer life:
- Power Through Prayer
- The Prayer Hand
- 10 Prayers to Strengthen Our Inner Man
- Fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit
1. Happiness depends on happenings, joy depends on Christ. Where have you been placing your hope? In circumstances changing or in the unchangeable truth of who Christ is? Explain.
1. You are only as free as your mind is. What we meditate on is what we become. Take a minute for self-analysis asking, “How free is my mind? Am I regularly taking thoughts captive or are they going unchecked? What’s the fruit of these thoughts?”
1. We’ve all experienced the pain of being brokenhearted. Marriages struggle, loved ones pass away, people get sick, businesses go under, jobs are lost, and dreams die. Not one gets through life unaffected by pain and heartache. What is one way you’ve experienced heartache?
1. Bitterness is a very real and dangerous heart condition that many people don’t like to acknowledge. Without rationalizing things, do you find yourself living in a level of isolation? Dealing with eruptions of anger? Having a difficult time trusting others? Share with your group.
1. Tragic memories have a way of guiding our lives and shaping our future. The enemy puts shame on the things he wants to keep in the darkness. Do you know someone who has been liberated by bringing something hidden to light? If you need to bring something out of hiding, share with a trusted friend or elder so that grace can flow over your life.
1. Have you experienced something that was devastating in your life? What have you done with the pain from that event?