The Power of a Single Seed

2015 RightNow Conference


Never underestimate the power of a single seed. One seed of faith can change anything. One seed of faith can change everything. In this 30-minute session from the 2015 RightNow Conference, Mark Batterson encourages pastors to be faithful in planting seeds.

Mark Batterson is the author of a dozen books including In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day and The Circle Maker, a New York Times bestseller. Starting with a core group of 19 people, his church has grown into a church with multiple locations in various movie theaters and metro stops throughout the area and was recognized as "One of the 25 Most Innovative Churches in America" by Outreach Magazine.

As you watch this session, take notes and write down thoughts about how it can impact your ministry.



While unorthodox seeds can't survive below 10 degrees Celcius, orthodox seeds have the ability to survive droughts, glaciers, and centuries. Mark suggests that faith is an orthodox seed that can survive any and all circumstances.  

Describe a time when your faith survived trial, times of waiting, questions, pain, or suffering.
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Mark says that that there’s no way for us to know what God is doing with our seeds as they take root and stay underground for a while. We also can’t know when, how, or where those seeds are going to come back and bless our lives.  

What fruit have you seen produced in your life after you planted a seed and allowed God to grow it in His time? In what ways was that fruit similar to or different from what you were expecting?
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Mark talks about how his grandfather prayed faithfully for him when he was a little boy. Now, at various points in his life, God assures him that those prayers are being answered.  

Who has prayed for you, and in what ways are you assured those prayers are being answered?
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Matthew 13:31-32 (ESV)

The Mustard Seed and the Leaven

31He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field.32It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Mustard seeds are tiny, but Jesus taught us that they produce huge trees with branches where birds can nest. What are tiny acts of faith you can begin today that God can take and grow far beyond your expectations?
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Mark talked about a paper written by a sociologist called “The Unanticipated Consequence of Purposive Action.” He said that many times when we act, we expect certain consequences, but something unexpected ends up happening. In other words, we have reasons for doing something (we want ‘x’), but God has different plans.  

Think of something you currently hope for. Maybe you’re praying for it, working towards it. What results do you expect from your faith?
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What are some ways you can begin to surrender your agenda and make more room for God’s?
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Mark told a lot of stories about God’s faithfulness working in and through the faith of men and women. A nursery worker, a woman about to get married, his church in D.C., his family looking for a church, and more all expected things from God, but He exceeded their expectations in every way. Mark said the Church should be excited about that. 

“There are ways to do church that no one’s thought of yet,” he said. “You have no idea. You have no earthly idea.” 

In what ways do Mark’s words excite you? Challenge you?
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What prayers should you begin praying now, knowing that you have no idea how God will respond?
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The incredible things God does often begin with an idea, a dream, a prayer. The tiniest little seed you plant can yield enormous fruit if only you wait and trust for God to grow it in His time, and that fruit can impact not only your life, but also the lives of people generations behind you. 

Be bold and counter-cultural to exercise long obedience in the same direction. Our God is faithful, and He delights in your faith!   


For more information on the RightNow Conference or how to attend next year’s event, visit rightnowconferences.org.  

Check out Mark Batterson's If series by RightNow Media.