Dig In Questions:
Read Matthew 13:1-23
1) Have you ever been put off, turned off, or offended by the things that Jesus said? In your faith journey, how have you overcome those obstacles or objections?
2) The farmer was intentional about sowing or planting the seed, even when he knew some of what he planted had little chance of surviving. Why was he so intentional? What does that teach us?
3) Have you ever shared the good news of Jesus’ love with another person and felt like the message fell on a hard path? How did it make you feel? Does it help to know that many of the people that Jesus encountered daily also rejected His love and teachings?
4) We recognize that when Jesus talked about “Good Dirt”, that he wasn’t meaning dirt without thorns, rock, or hard places - but rather - dirt that is fruitful in spite of these things. In what ways have you found yourself either in the past or present being choked, scorched, or hardened? If you struggled in the past, how would you encourage another who is struggling now?
5) Read Matthew 9:35-38 and Matthew 28:18-20. In light of what Jesus said in these verses, what should our response be regarding those who have the heart (dirt) on which the good news of Jesus has never been planted?
6) Knowing that we are learning from Jesus, the One whose words give eternal life, how will you live differently as a result of His teaching on the parable of the dirt?