11.11.18 – Becoming a Growing Follower of Jesus

GROWTH GROUP QUESTIONS:

 

  1. What soil do you think poses the greatest challenge to people having a fruitful and satisfying relationship with God and why? (a)  The Hardened Path or Hardened Heart, (b) The Shallow Soil or Superficial Commitment, (c) The Thorny Soil or Overcrowded Life (Distracted).
  2. We all have temptations and struggles in our spiritual journey. What soil poses the greatest temptation or challenge to keeping your spiritual soil good or fertile and why?  (a)  The Hardened Path or Hardened Heart (cynicism), (b) The Shallow Soil or Superficial Commitment (sometimes feel like quitting), (c) The Thorny Soil or Overcrowded Life (Distractions).
  3. Read John 15:1-17 and Luke 8:4-15.
    1. What similarities and applications can you make with the passage of the Vine and the Branches (John 15:1-17) to the Parable of the Soils (Luke 8:4-15)?
    2. What challenges or encourages you about these passages?
  4. Brainstorm and identify as a group some things that can cause a ‘hard path’ or hearts to harden that keep people from becoming a Christian or from growing as a Christian?
  5. Brainstorm and identify some things that make up the ‘rocky soil’ and cause people to want to quit on their faith?
  6. Brainstorm and identify some things that make up the ‘thorny soil’ and crowds God out of peoples lives?
  7. Pastor Kent shared three commitments to cultivate good soil in your life. If you were to have preached this message what are some other commitments or practices you feel should be added that help people grow spiritually?
  8. How did the statement made Sunday of choosing “not to focus on how many times you have quit or failed, but rather how many times you started and didn’t give up”, make you feel and why?
  9. What is just one thing that you would like to focus on this week to cultivate good spiritual soil to help you grow?