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While They Were Sleeping

November 28, 2021 Speaker: Jonathan Sgalambro Series: Parables of Advent: Watching and Waiting

Topic: Faithfulness Scripture: Matthew 13:24–13:30, Matthew 13:36–13:43

Community Group Questions:

Engage Yourself:

What frustrates you, frightens you, leaves you feeling hopeless? Why might these things make it difficult to live with hope?

Have you ever been made to feel “ungodly” or “sinful” because you struggled to see the silver linings of this life? How did that make you feel?

Engage the Text:

What stands out in this passage as encouraging and/or challenging? Feel free to think back on the sermon from Sunday.

V.v. 29 and 30 say that “in gathering the weeds you will root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest”. Why might the experiential reality of this verse provide comfort?

Engage your Neighbor:

This passage seems to reserve the judgment of the “weeds” until “the harvest”. In what way might this delay of judgement challenge you in how you engage those who do not believe (see Romans 2:1-5)?

Engage your Family:

Talk with your children about what they’re afraid of. Affirm that what they’re feeling isn’t crazy. At the same time, encourage them with the real hope of God’s coming Kingdom!

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