What Kind of Dirt Are You?Lesson Week 22: Receiving the Word of God
To the teacher:
Read Luke 8:1-15 Cross Reference:Matthew 13:1-23; Mark 4:1-20]
The Power of Advertising
Advertising is one of the most powerful tools of marketingcommunication we have today. Here in our country, filmadvertising has become glamorous and alluring that millionsof pesos are spent for just a fraction of commercial time. Doyou remember some of them? [Ask your members what aresome of the oldest commercials they can remember.]
Remember taglines like “I can feel it? (Palmolive)”, “
(Jolibee)” and “
Sino best friend mo doon
? (Magnolia)”?or characters like Lumen (Surf), the Dear Diary girl who hada crush on Carlo (Purefoods TJ Hotdog) and the charactersfrom Sprite’s “
There are some commercials that leave a lasting impressioninto a consumer’s mind while others just drift away in thecourse of time. Some commercials can direct people toreact on their product by compelling them to buy theirmerchandise, while others are just ‘one of thosecommercials that we will soon forget’. A true effectiveadvertisement should direct its consumer to actionregardless of what the commercial wants to convey.
The Parable of the Sower
The Word of God, the Bible, also acts like an infomercial –an infomercial on how to get saved. There are differentkinds of reaction (four) people respond when they hear themessage of salvation. [Read Luke 8:5-8].
1. How would you describe the first time you hear theWord of God preached or shared to you?
2. Did you have those ‘rough’ times in your Christianwalk? How did God’s Word helped you?
Some people upon hearing the Word, instantly forget it.While others begin excitedly but then not long enough theystop. Some continue to be on fire for the Word. But with thepulling strings of the world (ungodly friends, pleasures,material wealth), they give in and compromise. But thereare those people who upon hearing it, begins excitedly,continued to be on fire and no turning back – A true discipleof Christ, a perfect planting ground for the gospel to bepreached further.
“But the seed on good soil stands forthose with a noble and good heart, who
by persevering produce a crop