When we lived in Bangalore, we started a Spoken English Institute. We didn’t realize it, but because we were in a part of town with several colleges, we attracted many foreign students from all over Africa, the Middle East and even Japan and Korea. We interacted with many from other faiths. Each month, we had parties for them, playing games, music and practicing their English skills. Along the way, many asked us questions about our faith and even asked to visit the Vineyard Church. We shared with them openly, and several of our students found Jesus! What an awesome surprise for us!
A. Discover Study of Luke 8:4-8
4 While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: 5 “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. 6 Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”
When he said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
- In verse 11 Jesus explains to his disciples that the seed that he is speaking
about in the passage is the word of God.
- What are some things we can we learn about sharing the good news about
Jesus from the passage?
- B. Some suggestions from C. Anderson on Abundant Seed Sowing from a video
series, Getting Started in DMM. http://www.dmmsfrontiermissions.com
Story of the Wise and Foolish Farmer.
A foolish farmer planted a few seeds in his field, but when he failed to get much of
a harvest, he began to doubt. I must not be a very good farmer. Or, maybe the
seed that I had wasn’t very good.
Just then a wise farmer came along and ask how things were going. When the
foolish farmer explained his disappointment, the wise farmer asked him about
about what he had done. When he discovered that the foolish farmer had only
planted a few seeds, he exclaimed . . . “That’s it . . . that’s the problem. If you want
a big harvest, you have to plant 1000’s of seeds! You’re not a bad farmer. This isn’t
bad seed. If you plant 1000’s of these seeds in this field, I’m certain you will have a
Basic Principle: You have to share the gospel often.
Ying Kai who started T4T shared a saying that changed his life:
“HOW MANY PEOPLE IN MY CITY WILL HEAR THE GOSPEL TODAY?”
C. Anderson: “Your job is to change that number!”
“Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your
eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”
The Father has gone ahead of you and prepared the hearts of people. There are
people in your area that are ready to hear and respond to the gospel.
“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they
believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without
someone preaching to them?”
Put the saying up where you will see it: “How many people in my area will hear the
gospel today?“ Think about this and pray about it, and ask the Lord to show you
how to increase the people who hear the gospel in your area.