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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 Interested

Rocky Ground= Too Shallow   

Thorny Ground= Too Busy

Good Soil= Fruitful

You should be far more concerned with your current trajectory than with your current results. When you fall in love with the process rather than the product, you don’t have to wait to give yourself permission to be happy.”

-James Cleary, Atomic Habits

I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples .As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.

-John 15:1-10

1. When I remain in Him, I will   .

2. When I remain in Him, He will my .

3. When I remain in Him, He will be through my of .

4. When I remain in Him, I remain in His .

5. When I remain in Him, He will produce in me that will .

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

1. Why is prayer such an important part of the discipleship process?

2. Jesus says, “Apart from me you can do nothing”. What area of life do you need that reminder right now? How does it apply to disciple-making?

3. Did you create your prayer calendar? If so, is there 1 or 2 people specifically you’d like the group to be praying along with you that they come to know Jesus?

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

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

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

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