Jesus always used stories and illustrations like these when speaking to the crowds. In fact, he never spoke to them without using such parables. Matthew 13:34
Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
- What is it about stories that help us remember them?
- Have you ever thought about all the sermons you’ve heard and tried to recall the message and cannot but you remember a story the pastor told?
Start thinking. Ask a question to get your group thinking.
- When thinking about why God hasn’t brought you an answer to your prayer have you allowed the Holy Spirit to remind you of people in the Bible that had to wait on God?
Start sharing. Choose a question to create openness.
- What stood out to you the most in the sermon?
Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.
Lord, I want to hear Your voice through the stories in the Bible like never before. Open my spiritual ears to hear what you are saying to me every time I read your Word and help me trust that You will give me insights, comfort, inspiration and the patience I need in Jesus mighty name, amen!
Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
- Of the almost 50 parables Jesus told, read the 6 parables in Matthew 13 this week with a new set of spiritual eyes and ears to see how God may want to speak to you.
If you’ve never read Pilgrims Progress (modern English version) pick up a copy and read the story of a traveler named Christian on a journey to the celestial city and all the trials and triumphs he goes through. The book is an allegory that represents our Christian journey and if you read this book asking the Lord to speak to you through it, you will not be disappointed.