Virtual Rooted Group

Rooted – Seed and Soil (12th July 2020)

Welcome

Hey everyone! 

Not long to go until the until the summer holidays now. Remember we will be taking a break from Rooted during the holidays.

So let’s think today about something that’s important as we spend a few weeks away.

Grab your toast and off we go!

Supplies Checklist:

  • Bible - Turn to Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23.
  • Toast!
  • Notebook, pen

Session

In the main service today the church is looking at the same passage below. It actually follows on from Jesus telling the story that told in the video above.

When you read it, have a think: Is this a passage of the bible I’ve heard before? Am I skimming over it because I already know the story? Who is the farmer? What is the seed? What are the different types of ground? 

 

“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
Matthew
13:18-23

Which bits of this explanation stand out to you…

Did you start thinking about the soil? About how you hear God speaking to you? Does it get choked out by the world around us and the busyness, the noise, and the pressures? Does God voice just wash over you and get ignored? Does it sound really good in theory on a Sunday, but by Monday slip away?

Or did you start to think about the seed? Do you tell just a few people about your life at church and with God? Does everyone know and you can’t stop talking about it and praying for people – no matter what they say?

Or maybe it was something else entirely. 

Take a moment to listen to what God is saying to you in this passage. Breathe deeply, slow down and just think. 

Tasks this Week!

  • Take a short time each day to think about this story and what caught your eye
  • Think ahead to the holidays and what they might be like for you and your time with God/others. Does something from the story change that?

The last bit!

Pray a short prayer to God: Thank God for being who He is, admit where we all get things wrong, give thanks for what we have, and ask to be shown what He wants us to do.

See you next time!

Mell and Chris