Sun, 19 June 2011
Text: Mark 4:1-20
continuing from last week we continue our study of the parable of the sower.
3. The soils represent the heart of the hearers and reveal that not all who hear will accept the message of the gospel.
a. The first hearer is the hard heart. The hard heart resists the word of God and therefore Satan comes and snatches it away.
b. The second hearer represents the shallow heart. Since there is no depth, whatever is planted does not last because it has no root.
c. The third hearer pictures a hearer with a crammed heart. This person receives the word but does not truly repent and the “weeds” from their life prove it.
d. The fourth hearer pictures the true believer. This person evidences a changed life. The Bible calls it “fruit”.
Sun, 12 June 2011
Text: Mark 4:1-20
It is impossible to share the gospel without being in the presence of sinners. To isolate ourselves from the world is to deny the power of the gospel to change lives. Isolation also impacts our responsibility to share the gospel.
Thoughts from the Parable of the Sower
1. All Christians are responsible to sow seed. Anyone who sows the message of the gospel is a sower. Is it too bold to say that one who is truly born again will sow seed?
2. The seed which is the word of the gospel should not be altered to placate (appease) an audience. Paul is an example of consistancy. see also - Romans 1:15-16; I Corinthians 15:1-4; II Corinthians 4:1-5; Colossians 1:3-6; I Thessalonians 1:5-7
Sun, 5 June 2011
Text: John 17
I. He prayed for protection (vs. 13-16)
-how does Satan attack the believer today?
a) by attacking the very message of the gospel
b) by our public testimony or how we believe
- how are we changed?
1. they are not of the world
3. focus - it was no longer about them
II. He prayed for sanctification (vs. 17)
- They were set apart by the truth
- They were given a mission to proclaim the word and make disciples