Engaging Scripture Today

Throughout the gospel stories, both Jesus and his disciples “sow the seed” of God’s word by proclaiming the good news that “the kingdom of heaven is near.”  In this parable, Jesus explains why this good news produces results in those who hear.

Read Matthew 13:1-9,18-23,

This parable paints a picture of our responses to God. In what way does it depict God?

Engaging Scripture for Today

(In the Apostle Paul’s Letter to the early church community in Rome he writes that they are no longer God’s enemies but have peace with God, because they were brought into a right relationship with God through Christ’s death. Likewise, for us today, a tested character has been forged for us which empowers endurance in the midst of suffering and hope for final salvation.)

Read Romans 5: 1 – 8,

How can you encourage those who are suffering for find meaning in their experience?