PARABLES | Week 4: No Counterfeits
When the message of the Gospel is shared, we know that some sow, some water, but only God makes it grow. (1 Corinthians 3:7) We may not all be evangelists, but each one of us is called to present the story of Jesus in our everyday lives through our words and by our actions. As a faithful presence, the people of God, open up spaces for the Holy Spirit to do what only he can do in the hearts of those around us. Our world is relentlessly being catechized by the ungodly elements of those who oppose Jesus and his message of salvation. We live life surrounded by those who do not know or do not care that their sin will lead to their eternal demise. There are also those who claim to follow Jesus but have not fully surrendered their lives to him. Although they appear to be following Jesus, they lack repentance and true transformation. Only Jesus knows and until he comes again, all we can do is be obedient to our calling—Go and make disciples.
READ 1 Peter 3:15
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
READ this passage again and consider these related questions.
What is the link between our hope and Jesus’s Lordship?
What kind of preparation is required in order to give an answer to those who ask?
Read Matthew 13:24-30; 36-43
1. What is implied by the similarity in appearance between the wheat and weeds?
2. Remembering that parables are pseudorealistic, what opportunities exist for every follower of Jesus when surrounded by unbelievers?
3. Read Mark 4:7. What dangers exist for the Christ follower living in the world?
4. Why is the message of the Gospel equally as important for believers as it is for unbelievers?
Read Matthew 7:21-23
5. Describe moralism.
6. Why is moralism not enough to save us?
7. What does this story tell us about God’s sovereignty?