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12: Hearing and Doing the Word of God (Lk 8:1-21)
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I.      The Basics

A.    Setting

Chapter 8 begins with noting the followers of Jesus. This special mention suggests that what is to follow serves the special purpose of preparing the disciples for the ministry. In this lesson, we will study how Jesus’ parable of the sower not only called the people in general to respond to God’s word, it also taught the disciples, who were to be the future missionaries, what to expect when witnessing for the Lord.

B.    Key Verse

         “But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience” (8:15).

II.    Observation

A.    Outline








B.    Key Words/Phrases

III.  General Analysis

1.     Read through the passage of this lesson and record briefly what is taught about the word of God.

IV.  Segment Analysis

A.    8:1-3

1. Who were Jesus’ traveling companions?

2. What is remarkable about these followers?

B.    8:4-15

3. What is the teaching behind the words, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear”?

4. What is the purpose of parables (10)?

5. What are the “mysteries of the kingdom of God”?

6a. What does the seed refer to?

6b. What does the soil refer to?

7. According to Jesus, what is the purpose of sowing seed?

8. What is the point of this parable?

9. How should your faith take root? (cf. 13).

10. How do the cares, riches, and pleasures of life “choke” a person’s heart?

10b. What can you do to remove the “thorns” in your heart?

11. Explain how we can achieve the following and be like the good soil?

11a. Hear the word with a noble and good heart

11b. Bear fruit with patience

12. What is the evidence that indicates what kind of soil we have?

C.   8:16-18

13a. What does the light in 16 refer to?

13b. What does this light reveal?

14. Explain the meaning of verse 18. Why must we “take heed how we hear”?

D.    8:19-21

15. Why are the hearers and doers of God’s word the mother and brothers of Jesus? What does this mean?


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