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January 8, 2023

Open to All

Passage: Matthew 13:3-10, 18-23
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Jesus used parables all the time. They were simple stories people could understand, used to illustrate lessons Jesus wanted us to learn. Sometimes they seem straight forward, sometimes they seem mysterious. But they always give a better glimpse of who we are in Christ and what it means to live in His Kingdom. Join us as we look at some of the parables God gave, and what they continue to mean for us today, in our new teaching series Kingdom Parables

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We encourage you to spend some time with God this week, dive into the Bible, and go a bit deeper on this topic. Please consider these study questions for further reflection:

Question 1
In our current sermon series “Kingdom Parables”, we are exploring what the Kingdom of Heaven entails. We learned kingdom has a king, subjects, a domain, and a royal covenant and code of ethics. When you think of God’s kingdom, how does this relate?

Question 2
The Kingdom of Heaven (or Kingdom of God) was brought from heaven down to earth when Jesus became man and dwelt among us. This kingdom is not only “there and then”, but it is here and now. In other words, the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand! (Matt. 3:2, Matt. 4:17, Matt. 10:7) What does this mean to you?

Question 3
In our first Kingdom Parable, we learned of four types of “soils of the heart” (the hardened heart, shallow heart, crowded heart, and the fruitful heart). As you meditate on today’s study and as you allow the Holy Spirit to work in and on your heart, which of those soils characterize your heart? What is the Holy Spirit telling you needs to be done? Do you have “ears to hear” ad a heart to respond?

Question 4
The Kingdom of Heaven is “Open to All” - God’s kingdom has open borders. You and I have the responsibility and the joy of inviting people into that kingdom by sowing the seed of the gospel liberally everywhere to everyone. (Matthew 28:19, John 15:16) Who are you sharing the good news with today?

Additional Scripture to study: Matthew 13:3-9, 18-23; Romans 14:17; 1 Timothy 2:4; John 15:16; Matthew 28:19 -20

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