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- is a conscious knowledge of one’s own character, feelings, motives, desires, strengths and weaknesses.

A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a path, and the birds came and ate them. Other seeds fell on thin, rocky ground and quickly started growing because the soil wasn't very deep. But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!

-Matthew 13:3-8

Then Jesus said, “Now listen to the meaning of the story about the farmer: The seeds that fell along the path are the people who hear the message about the kingdom, but don't understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches the message from their hearts. The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced. The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce fruit that is thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”

-Matthew 13:18-23

The Path= Not

Rocky Ground= Too

Thorny Ground= Too

Good Soil=

1. should to be the .

2. The only description Jesus uses for the good soil is .

3. Do I relate more with being or spiritually ?

To discuss during the week with your family, Life Group, or Campus.

1. What are some modern day “thorns” that can distract you from growing spiritually?

2. How does this parable of Jesus help us to understand that it’s not just discipleship that matters but rather disciple-making

3. Which scripture most stood out to you in this message?

4. What else stood out to you in this message?

5. What next step is Jesus asking you to take as a result of this message?