Parables | week 3: He Holds the Future
Throughout our lives, by our interactions and relationships, we influence people. This impact can either be positive or negative and deliberate or passive. Which one we chose is determined by our perspectives and the things that shape and drive us. Jesus tells us, in different places and in various ways, that he and the Father are always at work. That work affects our present, and even more importantly, our future. That is why we told that “whoever believes in Him will not perish but will have eternal life.” (John 3:16) When we believe in Jesus, we are declaring his Lordship and his sovereignty. Not only that, but we are pledging our obedience to him and his kingdom. Embracing this call to believe and to follow him, alters how we see the world, live our lives, and especially our expectations for the future. Believing is trusting and when we trust him we will join in his work and be confident in the outcome.
Read 2 Corinthians 9:10
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.
READ those verses again and consider these related questions.
In what ways does God reward faithfulness and obedience?
What does this verse say about our ability to be generous?
Read Mark 4:26-29
1. Can we impact the end result of the kingdom of God?
2. What role, if any, do we play in building the kingdom of God?
3. What does this parable say about having faith/trusting/believing God?
4. What does it say about God’s sovereignty?
Read 2 Peter 1:5-11; Luke 16:10-12
5. Describe how our faith leads to personal spiritual growth.
6. How does spiritual growth connect to doing kingdom work?
7. Discuss how/why we must be deliberate in our growth and in carrying out our calling.
8. Explain the difference between co-laboring for the kingdom and salvation through faith alone.