Matthew 13:1-23: The Parable of the Sower
I) Jesus teaches his disciples about his kingdom.
The kingdom of God is the presence and powerful lordship of Jesus! This kingdom is known and seen wherever Christ is acknowledged, where his subjects are saved, where his enemies are vanquished, and where his ways are obeyed. (Adapted from Sam Storms)
A) This kingdom was ________________ in the Old Testament.
B) The kingdom is spread one ______________ (seed) at a time.
C) The kingdom is spread through the ______________ of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
II) Jesus encourages his disciples to stay tuned to God's word and warns those who don't will perish.
A) Hard Hearts (hard soil): Not everyone who ______ the gospel believes.
B) Shallow hearts (rocky soil): Some are superficially attracted for a _________ time.
C) Choked out hearts (thorny soil): Some become ______________ by other things after a while.
D) Attentive hearts (good soil): The gospel takes _________ in their lives.
E) The disciples saw people _________ what Jesus taught in Matthew 13.
What soil do you feel like? Why?
III) God is preparing hearts (soil) today.
A) Today’s life ______________ is not the final answer. There is hope for those that seem hard-hearted now.
B) Keep your focus on God in ___________ times. Remember he can use our pain and suffering to deepen our faith. (2 Corinthians 4:7-9, 1 Peter 1:3-7)
[When life hurts,] you can be broken or broken open - David Brooks