Weekly Study Questions

Mark 4:1-20, "Faithfulness - A Thorny Issue"

  1. In what way does Mark 4:1-20 fit, and further explain Jesus warning found in Mark 3:20-29?
  2. How does the attitude of our hearts affect the way that we hear and ultimately receive or not receive the Word of God?  Notice Jesus emphasis upon listening and hearing.
  3. In what ways are the soils Jesus talks about in this passage still present today in the lives of people? In our lives?  Why is it important that we understand this reality and in what way(s) does the truth revealed here inform our efforts in evangelism (as sowers) and discipleship (as good soil)?
  4. What is spiritual fruit and this fruitfulness that Jesus says is a result of receiving the word? Start with faith in Romans 10:17:  Gal. 5:16-25; 2 Tim. 3:16-17.
  5. In what way is spiritual fruitfulness an indicator of who we now are in Christ Jesus?  See 2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 2:20; Matt.7:16-18; Matt.1`5:18,19.
  6. What does it mean in Matt.3:8 that our fruit should be in keeping with our repentance?  In what way does John's words apply and give us further insight into this passage?
  7. Given that the seed is sown in good soil and produces fruit abundantly (30-60-100) how do we keep the soil of our lives good? Is there levels of fruitfulness, and if so, why is that?
  8. In what ways can the dangers present in the other three "bad" soils threaten and reduce the fruitfulness of the good soil?
  9. Why is it important to God that we bear fruit?  1 John 15: 1-16, esp. vs. 8 & 16
  10. In what way has this parable spoken to you?  What would God have you take away from this passage as a "sower" and as a "soil"?
  11. In what way(s) are you going to apply what God has shown you?