Word Studies for the Week of June 17, 2018
June 17 ● The Urgent Gospel: The Growing Kingdom ● Mark 4:26-34
What are some of the things that come to mind when you think of the phrase “the kingdom of God?”
How would answer the question “where do you find the kingdom of God?” How would you know you’re in it?
Can God’s Kingdom coexist with the rest of the world? Why or why not?
Can you tell a story where you were surprised by a sign of God’s kingdom that you have not noticed before?
In Mark 4:27 Jesus tells us that the farmer does not know how the seed grows; it just does. What does this say about how God’s kingdom may grow around us?
In Mark 4:31 Jesus compares God’s kingdom to the smallest of seeds that grows into the largest of shrubs. What does that say about how sometimes God’s plans might start out? Is this a good thing, or do you wish things would move quicker?
Why do you think Jesus so often used stories to explain the Kingdom of God? What is it about stories that help people to grasp the really big things in life?
Can you make your own parable about how God’s kingdom grows? How might you start?