Thursday Devo

Scripture Reading:

Luke 8:8,15
8 Still other seed fell on fertile soil. This seed grew and produced a crop that was a hundred times as much as had been planted!” When he had said this, he called out, “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”
 15 And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest.

Commentary from the ESV Study Bible:

8:15 The fourth group hears with an honest and good heart. They hold it fast and bear (“much,” cf. v. 8) fruit. With patience can also be translated “with perseverance” (cf. 21:19; Acts 14:22), showing that fruit-bearing in God’s kingdom often requires much work before significant results are seen.

Study Questions:

  • Finally, Jesus shows us through the parable the FRUITFUL heart. This is the seed that falls on good and fertile soil, and it produces a great harvest. This kind of life is full of transformation because it hungers for more of God and his Word. No matter how long you've been a follower of Jesus, there is always more of him to be had. There is more to know about him. There is more that he wants to do in you and through you. There are new revelations waiting on you to uncover. The fruitful heart doesn't just plateau, it's not stagnant. Is there evidence of transformation and spiritual growth in your life? Are you more spiritually mature now than you were this time last year? What is the evidence of this?

  • The fruitful heart also means a life of multiplication because they make other disciples. They are a light in the darkness, a witness, an ambassador. True disciples make other disciples. Does this sound like your life? When God changes your life, you can't help but tell others about it. When was the last time you've shared with someone what God has done in your life? How often do you spend time connecting, loving, serving, praying, inviting and sharing with others? Who in your life can you pour into?  

Pray:

  • That you would grow spiritually, little by little, day by day.
  • That you would be a disciple that makes disciples.

This Week's City 7:

Try to commit to memory! 

2. Are there sources outside the Bible that confirm the Biblical account of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead? Many Roman and Jewish historians have confirmed that the apostles died as martyrs for preaching that they saw Jesus risen from the grave. No one dies for something they know to be a lie.
(Luke 1:1-4; Acts 26:26; 1 John 1:1-4, Josephus, Clement, Hegesippus, Tertullian, Origen, Polycarp)

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