October 8, 2017

Weekly Scripture Reading:
This Week’s Scripture Reading: Mark 4:26-34 and Isaiah 55:8-11

Connection Point:
I have three growing children. I know they’re growing because the lines on the post in the basement that measure their height keep climbing higher. I know they’re going because when we order pizza, there is less pizza for me to eat. I know they’re going because they run faster than I do, and they can solve math problems that I can’t. There’s evidence of growth everywhere, and yet when I stop and stare at them for a few minutes or even a few hours, I don’t see them growing.

Our Scripture today reminds us the Kingdom of God is growing. We may not “see” it growing, just like I can’t “see” my children growing, and yet it grows. Babies are baptized, the Gospel is proclaimed, and believers die in faith and are safe with Jesus. People love, creation is cared for, and God still reigns. You might not “see” Kingdom growth – but look around, the evidence of growth is everywhere!

Group Discussion Question:
• Read Mark 4:26-34 and Isaiah 55:8-11
• What stuck with you from the reading, message, or devotion this week?
• What do you think are some of the ways we measure “Kingdom Growth” today? Do you think measuring Kingdom growth is wise, helpful, or possibly a hindrance to growth?
• Does a lack of growth in the church ever frustrate or discourage you?
• What hope and comfort do this week’s reading give us in terms of God and the growth of His Kingdom?
• How does God “grow” His Kingdom?
• What do you think it means when we pray, “Thy Kingdom come” in the Lord’s Prayer?
• What evidence can we see that God is still reigning on His throne and still growing His Kingdom?

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