Sunday, July 28, 2019—Mike Teel, Pastor
BE DILIGENT: The Parable of Fruitful Hearers (cont’d)
FOCAL PASSAGE: Mark 4:21-34
21 He said to them, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? 22 For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.” 24 “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. 25 Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” 26 He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28 All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. 29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.” 30 Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. 32 Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.” 33 With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. 34 He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.
FAITHFUL HEARERS WAIT DEPENDENTLY
1. SPIRITUAL GROWTH’S MOTIVATION
Jesus again uses an agricultural illustration to demonstrate the truth He is attempting to communicate to His followers.
Seeds are planted but we cannot make them grow.
2. SPIRITUAL GROWTH IS SYSTEMATIC
God works in our lives incrementally to bring us to maturity.
Spiritual growth comes from faithful hearers waiting dependently on God’s Spirit to allow growth in our lives.
FRUITFUL HEARERS WALK CONSISTENTLY
1. SMALL BEGINNINGS
2. SPIRITUAL PROTECTION
LIVE IT OUT
What group would you be in today? Would you be a good fish or a bad fish?
How are you contributing to the furthering of the Gospel in your sphere of influence?
How do you see the Holy Spirit growing you in maturity?