Exponential  – Week 2
April 18, 2021

Scripture Passage: Matthew 13:5-6, 20-21

Gathering Question     
Share whether you have a “green thumb” or not.

Gathering Prayer
What stood out to you in the sermon? What insights did you gain? What questions did it raise?

Verses 20-21 say,
”The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time.”

  • What do you think it means for someone’s faith to “have no root”?
  • What are some of the things we can do to build strong roots for our faith?

Continuing on, Jesus said, “When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.”

  • The Greek word translated as trouble literally means to crush, to press or to squash.

  • What are some times in your life when you felt crushed, pressed or squashed by life?

  • How did these times test or strain your faith?  How did they stretch or strengthen your faith?

In John 16:33, Jesus says, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart, I have overcome the world.”

  • When and how have you or someone you love experienced the overcoming power of Jesus?

Jesus also talked about people facing persecution.

  • Have there been times you felt persecuted for your faith? How did that feel? How did you respond?
  • Why do you think some people resist us for living a life of faith?
  • What can we do to stay obedient even when life is hard?

Spencer talked about our money and tithing as an example of being obedient even when it is hard. Tithing is giving 10% of our income to God.

Spencer shared that he has never had a person who has tithed tell him that they would like to get their money back.

  • Why do you think people who tithe don’t regret giving faithfully to God?

  • Why do you think people willingly make sacrifices to tithe?

  • How have you found joy in giving to God? How has it been a struggle?

When people are struggling to be obedient to God, they often talk about how “if their circumstances get easier” or “when the timing is better”, then they will be obedient.

  • What is the danger in waiting for things to get easier or better before we are ready to be obedient to God?

  • What does that say about our priorities?  What does that say about willingness to trust God?

In what areas are you struggling to be obedient to God? What is the cost to your life of putting off being obedient? What would be the blessings of saying “Yes!” to God now, even though it’s hard?

Closing Prayer   
Allow time for silent prayer for each person to offer themselves

to be used by God to make an exponential impact in the world.