Parable of the Sower Week 1: Hard Hearts
May 19th, 2019

Mark 4: 1-4; 13-15

1. Introduction

a. Jesus had been mainly teaching in ___________, now he was teaching the _______.

b. Our Jesus is a _________ Solver.

c. A parable:

i. A parable is an _______ story with a __________ meaning

ii. A parable is a _________ Picture

d. If the disciples had understood every word that Jesus said, we would miss all of these ____________that Jesus gives.

e. Parable of the Sower is a Primer, or __________ in parables for the disciples.

2. Explanation

a. The ultimate sower is __________.

b. We continue Jesus’ _________ ministry when we act as his ______ here on earth.

3. The Natural Soil of the Heart

a. The Bible Talks about the heart as the __________ of your being, what makes you,  _______.

b. Jerimiah 17:9 says that “The heart is more __________ than all else, and is desperately  ______; Who can understand it?”

c. God looks at us and says “what is the condition of your ______?”

4. Soils Harden by:

a. Drought—refusal to cooperate with the Holy Spirit

i. In the Christian life, refusing to ____________ with the Holy Spirit can harden our hearts.

b. Compaction/tromping down/tribulation

i. Romans 5:3 And not only this, but we also ______ in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about ______________;

c. Lack of care when sowing the Word

i. The Word must be delivered with care, by hand, in ________.

5. Conclusion

a. Allow God to soften our hearts

b. Psalm 51: 17: The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A _______ and a _________ heart, O God, You will not despise.

c. Cooperate with God in preparing the hearts of others.

i. Remember, that sowing has __________ consequences (c.f. Galatians 6:8-9).