Summary: “The Parable of the Sower” is probably the most important of all the parables. Let's take a closer look as we "hear" why Jesus' words in this passage are so crucial to eternal life.
1. Why do many agree that the "The Parable of the Sower" is the most important parable in Scripture? Note its frequency and discourse.
2. What are the 4 types of soil? What is similar between them all? What is different?
3. Luke 8:8 contains the key verse, even word for this parable. What is it? Do we often need improvement in this skill?
4. Agricultural references are not unique to this parable. What are some other related agricultural analogies in Scripture? II Corinthians 9:10, II Timothy 2:6
5. What is the "seed" in this parable? Luke 8:11
6. Seeds seem so small and weak, but what does God say about His seed/word? Luke 13:18-19, James 1:21, I Peter 1:22-25
7. Review verses 12-15. What 3 enemies do we face?
8. Luke's recording of the seed/word going out really expands when he pens the book of Acts. Acts 4:19-22, 6:4, 12:24, 8:1-4
9. Speaking of Acts, can God even use persecution to spread His word? Are there other examples of this type of action that you've read about or even experienced?
10. Truly hearing is so critical to taking the word of God into our hearts. See Luke 8:18 for a parallel warning regarding hearing.
11. The word of God, but especially parables, can either reveal or conceal the truth. They're really a reflection of our own heart condition. Are there any obstacles that you need to remove from your heart? Are there any spiritual primers that help open your heart to the word of God?
12. What "soil type" do some of your friends or family fall into? How could you use this parable to help you minister to them?