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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Bearing Fruit

Big Idea: Deep faith impacts this world.

Key Scripture (Matthew 13:3-23): “33 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.” 

10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” 

11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables: 

“Though seeing, they do not see; 

though hearing, they do not hear or understand. 

14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: 

“ ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; 

you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. 

15 For this people’s heart has become calloused; 

they hardly hear with their ears, 

and they have closed their eyes. 

Otherwise they might see with their eyes, 

hear with their ears, 

understand with their hearts 

and turn, and I would heal them.’ 

16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17 For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it. 

18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

The message of the kingdom of God

Scripture (Mark 1:15): “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel.”

"In and through Jesus, God, the king, is coming in a way — a new way — into the world to establish his saving rule. First, in the hearts of his people and in their relationships by triumphing over sin, Satan, and death. Then by the exercise of his reign, gathering a people for himself in congregations that live as citizens of a new allegiance of the kingdom — not of this world. Then Christ comes a second time and completes the reign by establishing a new heavens and a new earth.' - John Piper

Point #1

Many do not get the message of the kingdom of God

Point #2

Those who do get the message of the kingdom of God bear great spiritual fruit

Final thought: Where are you today? Which seed describes you? 

Note: All Scriptures are New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted

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