StoneBridge Community Church
Storytime: Sprout and Grow
Senior Pastor Jon Saur
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  • StoneBridge Community Church
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:15 PM, Sunday 5:20 PM

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Storytime: Mark

Jesus often taught through parables. The term "parable" comes from the Greek and refers to "throwing alongside" one idea to make another idea clearer. In order to help his followers understand the Kingdom of God, Jesus "threw alongside" simple stories.

In January, we will be looking at Jesus' parables in the Gospel of Mark, in order to understand how Mark presents Jesus and how Jesus presented the Kingdom of God to his followers.

The Text In Context

"You have not sown the seed of the Word of God until it has been obeyed in your heart, until you have launched your life out upon the basis..." Click link to read more.

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SERMON OUTLINE:

I. Parable of the Growing Seed
A. Recap
B. Growth

II. Surprises
A. A seed?
B. "He does not know."

III. Jesus' plan for growth
A. "Do nothing?"
B. Faithfulness
C. Humility

IV. The Kingdom of God
A. Vs. Human Kingdoms
B. Vs. Human power
NEXT STEPS:

1) Think of a basic, simple practice that can help you develop faithfulness.

2) Incorporate that practice into your life.

3) Be as consistent as possible in this practice.
GROWTH GROUP / PERSONAL REFLECTION QUESTIONS

1) What stands out to you about the parable of the growing seed?

2) What do you find surprising about this parable, if anything?

3) Why is it significant that Jesus mentions the farmer "doesn't know" how the seed grows?

4) What is the overall purpose of this parable?

5) How does the Kingdom of God look different to you after reflecting on the parable of the growing seed?

Starting the first weekend in February, StoneBridge will be launching a new series – called Truly Natural. Truly Natural will insightfully journey through Gospel of Mark. Whether in-person or by Zoom, experience your own spiritual blessing by joining a new Spring growth group. Click below.

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