Throughout the gospel accounts of Jesus’ life, we read that He often spoke in parables. This teaching method places a profound truth inside a common story or analogy. Put simply, parables are heavenly truths wrapped in an earthly story.
This summer, Woodside is examining the parables of Jesus as told by Luke. In support of our message series, we have compiled a reading list that features stories and themes that link with those taught by Jesus.
It is our hope that you’ll be encouraged on your faith journey as you read along!
The Parable of the Soils
Revealed: Week 1- Day 1
BIG IDEA: A Heart that Receives the Word of God Reveals the Work of God
4 And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable, 5“A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. 6And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. 7And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. 8And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
9And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, 10he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’ 11Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. 14And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. 15As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.
Three Questions for Consideration
With every biblical passage, there is much for the reader to consider—cultural context, people involved, location, and the message being communicated.
Once we’ve considered these foundational aspects of a biblical passage, we can move to personal application.
Allow the truth of Scripture to mold and shape our lives by considering the following:
UP: What does this communicate about the character of God?
IN: How does this encourage me to live in a relationship with the Family of God?
OUT: How does this influence me to intentionally live on mission and reach others with the Gospel?
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