Read Bible notes on Matthew 13:31-33,44-52
We read five short parables in which the kingdom is described as an influence and as items worth waiting and paying for. How do you understand the kingdom of God as both something here and now and anticipated?
Ultimately, God decides people’s fates. Our role is to keep seeking and spreading the kingdom. How will you encourage trust in God rather than fear from this passage? Time is a key element in all the parables. In a time of waiting, we need to trust. The disciples answered that they understood all this, do we?
Some of the young people may be waiting for exam results. Some may be about to go on long-awaited holidays. Be prepared to share the concerns and joys of these.