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Key Thought:

The seeds we sow today will be the harvest we live with in the future.


Key Quote

Before sowing a decision into our lives pray and ask Jesus:

  • Will this seed produce a desirable harvest in my life?
  • Will it move me closer or farther away from God?
  • Will it strengthen or weaken my marriage?
  • Will it move me towards my goals or take me off track?



Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
  • Are you one to make New Year’s Resolutions?
  • Have you ever tried to plant a garden or grow a plant from a seed? How did it go?
  • What is a long-term project you are proud of completing?
  • What does a new decade mean to you?



Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
  • How is bad seed responsible for a bad harvest? What are some things you can do to work through a bad harvest?
  • What are examples of good seeds to plant in our lives (Relationships, Finances, Careers, Fitness, etc.)?
  • Which “fruit of the spirit” listed in Galatians 5:22-23 speaks to you the most?
  • How can you know if a seed you want to sow is something that will honor God?



Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
  • What seeds are you planting now that you will reap later?
  • Where in your life are you sowing bad seed right now?
  • Have you ever tried to short-cut God’s timing? How did that work out?
  • How has reaping a bad harvest in the past helped you in how you prepare now?



Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Dear Jesus, thank you for your grace, mercy, and goodness even when we do not deserve it. Please show us where we need to become more like you and sow good, Godly seeds. Show us and let us plant the seeds You want us to plant. In your name we pray, Amen.



Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
  • What is one action step you personally can take to start sowing good seed? Commit for a month and see how your life changes.
  • Spend some time praying over your goals and the seeds you’ve been planting. Ask God for clear vision and alignment with Him for 2020.
  • Tell the group what harvest you want to reap, then as a group, brainstorm what you need to plant in order to get there.


Scriptures

The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good… And God said, ‘Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds…’” Genesis 1:12, 24 NIV

And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.” Genesis 1:9-13 NIV

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” Galatians 6:7-8 NIV

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 NIV

Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; so she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.” Genesis 16:1-2 NIV

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Romans 8:28 NIV

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 16:9 NIV

Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. John 12:24 NIV


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