Doesn't Grow Under the Basketball Goal
I. ILL: Under my old
basketball goal (Grass didn't grow).
human heart is much like that.
II. Jesus presents the
"Parable of the Sower" or "Parable of the Soil" (Mat
parable is Prophetic.
parable is Profound.
parable is Personal.
I. THE SETTING.
Parable - Para "besides"; Ballo "to throw."
A comparison between a familiar fact & a spiritual truth.
Palestinian Activity - broadcasting seed.
Problem (Mat 13:1-2; Jn 6:24-25, 66).
Jesus is talking about the kingdom of heaven.
II. THE SOWER.
sower represents the teacher or preacher of God's Word (Mat 28:18-20).
The sower goes out to sow (Eccl 11:6; 1 Cor 3:6; 2 Cor 9:6).
III. THE SEED.
seed is the Word (Lk 8:11).
The seed contains life (life germ) (Jn 6:63; 1 Pet 1:23- being born again).
The seed brings forth after its kind (Gen 1:12; Ax 11:26).
The seed is indispensable to kingdom growth (Ax 8:4).
The seed is able to save (Js 1:21- receive with meekness; Rom 1:16).
IV. THE SOIL.
soil represents the hearts of men & women.
The word that is sown is an unprepared heart has no better opportunity to
spring and grow than does
seed that is sown in unprepared soil (Ezek 18:31).
soil varied as does the heart (soil samples).
Soil Sample of the Indifferent Heart (13:4, 19).
Pride (Ax 26:28 - Agrippa).
Prejudice (2 Thess 2:10-12).
Procrastination (Acts 24:25).
Soil Sample of the Shallow Heart (13:5-6, 20-21).
Temptations (James 1:2).
The young are tempted (Joseph).
The strong are tempted (Samson).
The common are tempted (Gehazi & Achan).
The perfect are tempted (Jesus).
Troubles [ Family, Economic, Health] (Mat 6:34; John 16:33).
Thrills [Emotional, Superficial, Impulsive] (Luke 14:26-30).
Soil Sample of the Cluttered Heart (13:7, 22).
Worries (Mat 6:25).
Wealth (Mat 6:24).
Worldliness (Mat 6:19-21).
Soil Sample of the Receptive Heart (13:8, 23).
Hears (Mat 7:24).
Honest heart (Mark 4:20).
Holds to the Word (Luke 8:15).
Notice the different rates of fruit bearing.
V. THE SENSE.
There is no salvation apart from the life-giving Word.
seed has no power to convert until it is sown.
all sowing will be "productive" (25%).
Kingdom of Heaven will always exist as long as the seed of the Kingdom
must not allow influences to harden us to the truth.
Materialism can choke out our love for the truth.
child of God can fall away.
who are faithful will bear fruit but not at the same rate.
can be faithful unto death.
I. What is your heart like?
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