Parable of the Sower Week 2: Shallow Hearts
June 23rd, 2019

Mark 4:5-6; 10-12; 16-17

  1. Introduction
    a. Parables are profound ________ from God.
    b. Jesus knows that he has a second group of people in the crowd—those with ______________ hearts
    c. Jesus teach the Crowd to ________ them up, teach them profound things through what on the surface seem to be __________ stories
  2. We don’t make the Seed
    a. We do not __________ the seed
    b. Congregations are languishing under teaching that is more ______________ than scripture.
    c. Paul warns us Colossians 2:8 to: make sure that no-one takes us captive through __________ and __________ ___________, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.
  3. God values the seed
    a. God values his ______ above His _____
  4. The Shallow Ground
    a. these hearts are shallow soil, filled with __________
    b. Count the Cost of Discipleship
  5. In the Kingdom or outside the Kingdom
    a. This parable is not about ____________ destiny, it’s about _____________ of the heart when we hear the Word.
    b. Jesus is __________ that people will not understand
    c. Once we have the Holy Spirit indwelling us, God’s Word is ________ to us in a way unimagined before.
  6. The explanation.
    a. People ________ to fall away.
    b. Lack of growth comes with a _______ too.
  7. What now shall we do?
    a. Repent
    i. When we are confronted with our sin, we should _________
    ii. Repentance means to ________ from our wicked ways
    b. Get rid of the stones!
    i. “Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the _____________ word, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21).
    c. Re-seed
    i. ___________ in the Word of God
    ii. ___________ what it tells you to do.
    iii. Repeat.




Abraham: Father of Faith
June 16th, 2019

Hebrews 11:8-12

Introduction

Most people don’t think of Abraham as a ______ father.

Abraham’s Father

Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor served other ______. (Joshua 24:2)

The call of Abraham is inexorably linked with this idea of ______________.

Fatherhood starts with God

God was a _________ first before he was a creator of things.

God was the one that did the calling here. Abraham just _________.

By Faith, Abraham Obeyed

God calls us to ____________ ___________.

Abraham’s Fatherhood was centered on God

God is our God, not our _________ or ____________.

Abraham had a long-term plan for the future of his family

The best gift that you can give your family is to ___________ living for God and __________ them about God.

Faith is an example to our family

Sarah’s faith in the ________ of God, His character in being to keep His promises gave her the ability to conceive.

Father Abraham Had Many Sons…

Isaac

Through the father-son relationship between Abraham and Isaac, the Bible first uses the word ________ .

In this relationship that we most clearly see a picture of ____________ in the life of Abraham.

Nation of Israel

God made Israel a people through His ___________ and ___________ with Abraham and his descendants

All of Us

Because we’re ____________ descendants of Abraham, we can look at the Old Testament as well as New Testament in a very ____________ way.

Most importantly: Messiah

In ___________, God fulfilled His promise to Abraham over and above anything that Abraham could have imagined.

Do you think right now, that Abraham’s more proud of being the Father of __________, or the Father of ___________?!

Greatest Struggle; Greatest Blessing

It was through fatherhood that Abraham’s greatest __________ came and his greatest ______________ were realized.





Pastor Bill Smith
June 12th, 2019

The Board of Trustees and the congregation of Mountain Valley Church of God welcomes Pastor Bill Smith as our new Lead Pastor and his wife Terra Smith as our new Worship Leader.

We believe that God has orchestrated our search for a new Lead Pastor and blessed us with a wonderful couple in a relatively short period of time. We trust God has great plans for Mountain Valley Church and are excited to see how God will use this ministry for His glory.

Pastor Bill and Terra’s first Sunday as our new Pastor and Worship Leader will be June 16, 2019 and the installation service will be on July 7, 2019.

We will be having a cookout after service on July 7th.