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The Meaning of Radical Growth

The Meaning of Radical Growth






Luke 8:4-15 New International Version (NIV)

4 While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: 5 “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. 6 Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”

When he said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

9 His disciples asked him what this parable meant. 10 He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that,

“‘though seeing, they may not see;

though hearing, they may not understand.’

11 “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. 14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.

Jesus did not simply come to bring forgiveness of sin- As wonderful as that is, it’s only the beginning.  He comes to bring the Kingdom of God.

Kingdom of God:  The power of God is heaven entering the world to heal every dimension of brokenness

  • Life in Christ is an organic, not mechanical process.
  • Growth in Christ is the result of healthy environments for growth
  • It is up to us to foster those growth environments

Discussion Questions:

  1. Why is it important to see Christian growth as a dynamic process?
  2. What is the significance of Jesus’ describing the Kingdom of God as being like a seed falling on good soil?
  3. What does this say about the way we receive the truths of Christianity?
  4. How is this understanding of Christian growth different from others you have heard about?
  5. What is our part in the growth process? 







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