Click here to listen to Pastor Nate Hall’s sermon “Soil”
Listen. Just as trees need good soil in order to grow and multiply, disciples of Jesus need a good community to follow Jesus and make new followers Jesus. What is the soil that disciples need to grow? It is God’s presence in the church through the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4), which creates a community that is focused on the following rhythms (Acts 2:42-47):
- Apostle’s Teaching: learning to obey the Word of God
- Fellowship: taking care of each other, a community of mutual dependence
- Breaking of Bread: hospitality, eating together
- Prayer: a lifestyle of dependence on God
Within this soil, “the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:47) This soil produced disciples.
Reflection. How are the following four rhythms a part of your “soil”? How are you doing these things with other followers of Jesus? What is going well? What is missing?
- Learning to obey the Word of God with others and by yourself
- Being a part of a church community and caring for others in the church
- Hospitality, eating with others
- Praying with others and by yourself
Set Goals. Be sure to make these goals personal and specific.
- What will I do this week to meditate, listen and respond to God’s teaching on good soil? (See Scriptures on the back of this insert)
- What will you do to make learning the word of God with others, being a part of a church community, eating with others and praying with others a regular part of your life?
“Soil” Scriptures (God’s Presence in the Community)
Luke 11:13 “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will you Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Acts 2:42, 47b They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer … And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
Romans 12:9-13 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.