July 28, 2017
Sermon Discussion Questions: The Heart of a Disciple
The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany the sermon on July 29/30, “The Heart of a Disciple” (Mark 4:1–20). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.
- What Did He Say? The Telling of the Parable (vv. 1–9)
- Why Did He Say It That Way? The Purpose of the Parable (vv. 10–12)
- What Did He Mean? The Interpretation of the Parable (vv. 13–20)
Main Point: True followers of Christ receive his word and bear fruit only because God has changed their hearts. Without this heart change someone cannot be a true follower of Christ. This heart change is the defining difference between the disciples and the crowd.
- What are the four types of soils in Jesus’ parable of the sower and the soils? (vv. 1–9)
- Why did Jesus speak in parables? What was the purpose? What source did Jesus quote in order to document this purpose?
- Trace the connection between the symbols in the original parable (path, birds, rocky ground, sun, scorching, etc.) and their meaning in the interpretation of the parable (path = hard heart/Pharisees; birds = Satan; sun = tribulation or persecution, etc.).
- How do you respond to the knowledge that God can hand people over to their sinful desires and hard-heartedness?
- How should Christians respond to the knowledge that God directly intervened in our lives and changed our hearts?
- How do these doctrines of God’s grace relate to our discipleship?
- In this message, what truths landed on you that you need to share with others in your life? How can you share these truths? Devote it to prayer!
Pray for a grace to cherish God’s grace in a way that does not turn it into an obligation to act equally for everyone. That would cancel the very meaning of grace!