Mark 4:1-34

Main Idea: True disciples have a heart condition that is committed to God’s Kingdom rather than the applause of people

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

1 Peter 2:9 (ESV)

Question: If you were to pursue true discipleship, what would you stand to lose? Are you okay with that?

The Parable of the Sower
1 Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. And he was teaching them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” And he said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Mark 4:1-9 (ESV)

Question: Why did Jesus speak in parables?

For every parable there are two levels of understanding: the physical and the spiritual.
Everyone received the parable at the physical level, but the disciples were granted understanding at the spiritual level.

Rodney Cooper

MARK 4:10-20
The Purpose of the Parables

Question: During what times in your life did your faithful following of Jesus struggle to take root?

MARK 4:21-34
“With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it?”


Question: What do you hear God asking you to be obedient to as you read through this chapter?

Question: What’s one thing this week you can begin to surrender to Jesus in order to better embrace the call of discipleship?






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