The Dirty Truth
March 03 - 09 • Week 4: Fertile Heart
For the past three weeks, we have been studying the Parable of the Soils found in Mark 4:1-20 where Jesus talks about a farmer who sows seed on different types of soils: shallow, rocky, thorny, and good. These soils represent types of hearts and their responses to God’s Word. This week we focus on the final soil: good or fertile soil. People with fertile hearts hear the Word, understand and apply it, and share the Gospel with others. They produce good fruit from the Holy Spirit who lives in them and operate by His leading. Is the soil of your heart allowing you to experience God fully?
To experience God in all his fullness and live a fruitful life, you must remain in the Word and be filled with the Spirit.
When you hear the phrase, He or she has such a good heart, who immediately comes to your mind and why?
Discuss the three characteristics of good soil as referenced in Mark 4: hear the Word, accept it, produce a crop. Now reflect on your own heart for a moment. Which of the three characteristics comes easiest to you? Which is the most challenging?
When we put our faith in Jesus, God sends His Holy Spirit it dwell in our hearts, to guide us, and to lead the way. What has been your experience with the Holy Spirit? Read the following verses and discuss His characteristics: Romans 8:14-17, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Ephesians 1:13-14, Galatians 5:16, 22-23.
On Sunday Pastor Jimmy said, “The only way to be filled with the Spirit is to empty myself of me.” In practical terms, discuss what it looks like to empty yourself of “you” and be filled with the spirit?
Pray for one another in your group. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the sin in your life that needs to be emptied so He can fill that space with Himself. If anyone has not yet put his or her faith in Jesus and wants to, pray with that person and celebrate!
Next Step Challenge
Take an honest assessment of the soil of your life. Is it rocky, shallow, cluttered, or fertile? Grab a piece of paper and draw what’s inside of your heart. Is it filled with the good fruits of the Spirit or cluttered with bad fruit? If you haven’t already, surrender your life to Jesus. Decide to follow Him, confess His death and resurrection, and ask Him to be the leader of your life and to forgive you of your sins. Accept His precious gift of salvation- it’s free! Then tell your T-Life group that you did so you can celebrate together!
“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. – John 15:4-5
All other Scripture References
Mark 4:1-20, Ecclesiastes 3:1, Luke 8:15, Matthew 7:18, Galatians 5:19-23; 25, Ephesians 5;18, Acts 1:8, Acts 2:38, John 5:4-6
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