Happy Monday morning!  This next section in Mark's gospel we are introduced to Jesus' parables, simple stories that Jesus uses to help us understand His message.  In this passage we find Jesus parable of the four seeds.

_ What is one way you are experiencing growth in your life? 
_ What is one area where you feel stagnant? 
_ Who has Jesus placed in your life to love and help discover his way (gospel)?  How is it going?

Take some time to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you are facing, and for the Holy Spirit to illuminate truth as you read during this time.

Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. 2 And he was teaching them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: 3 “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. 5 Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. 6 And when the sun rose, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. 8 And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” 9 And he said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” 10 And when he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables.11 And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables, 12 so that “‘they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand, lest they should turn and be forgiven.’”

13 And he said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? 14 The sower sows the word. 15 And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. 16 And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: the ones who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy. 17 And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away. 18 And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, 19 but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 20 But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.”

+ WHAT is happening in this passage and what do we learn? (Say it or journal it in your own words or use these questions)
_ In vs. 3 and 14 what do we learn the parable is about?
_ In vs. 4 and 15 what do you observe about the first seed? 
_ In vs. 5-6 and 16-17 what do you observe about the second seed? 

_ In vs. 7 and 18-19 what do you observe about the third seed? 
_ In vs. 8 and 20 what do you observe about the fourth seed? 
_ What parts of each seed are present in your life? 

+ HOW is Jesus calling you to turn from sin and how is His grace (In Christ you will bear fruit) compelling you to action today?  (In groups discuss this in guy/girl break-outs, use these questions to help) 
_ What ways are you susceptible to Satan's snatching? Thin roots, or being choked out by worries?
_ Where are you hearing (ingesting) the word regularly?  
Is there any action to be taken?  

+ WHO in your life do you identify as one of these seeds that you might share what you learned with today? (e.g., your family at dinner, a friend, co-worker or neighbor you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)