Christ Community Downtown
Parables: from the Book of Luke - May 24 | Downtown
The Sower - 9:00 & ON-DEMAND
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  • Christ Community - Downtown Campus
    208 W 19th St, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
    Saturday 3:00 AM


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1) What stood out to you in the sermon?

2) In Luke 8:15, Jesus says that people who are “good soil” hold fast to His word with an honest heart, and they bear fruit with patience. How have you seen the importance of patience in connection to personal growth?

3) The sermon discussed cultivating faith that lasts and how that requires ‘grit.’ Share an experience in your faith journey where ‘grittiness’ and ‘holding fast’ to God’s word helped God’s word to grow more deeply into your life.

4) What might you need to cut back or cut out of your life to hear God’s word more clearly so that you become someone who ‘stays with Jesus until the end’ as the women in Luke 8:2-3 were described in this week’s message.

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Title: The Sower
Scripture: Luke 8:1-15
Speaker: Gabe Coyle,

>> We expect everything to be quick
>> Nothing worthwhile is quick
>> How do we cultivate a faith that lasts?
“A parable is an extended metaphor and as such it is nota delivery system for an idea but a house in which the reader/listener is invited to take up residence.” - Kenneth Bailey, Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Gospels
>> Three reasons people don’t give Jesus the time:
- Some aren’t open to anyone else
- Some aren’t willing to go further than the hype
- Some aren’t willing to let go
>> Crucial to Lasting Faith:
- Grit

“passion and sustained persistence applied toward long-term achievement, with no particular concern for rewards or recognition along the way. It combines resilience, ambition, and self-control in the pursuit of goals that take months, years, or even decades” - Angela Lee Duckworth, Grit: the Power of Passion and Perseverance
“a long obedience in the same direction.” - Eugene Peterson
>> Crucial to Lasting Faith:
- Grit
- A Collective

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