Parable of the Sower
May 19th, 2019

Week 1: Hard Hearts

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).

The Love of God, A Right Response to God’s Love
May 12th, 2019

John 1:19-34
This is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent to him priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” And he confessed and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.”

They asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?”

And he said, “I am not.”

“Are you the Prophet?”

And he answered, “No.”

Then they said to him, “Who are you, so that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?”

He said, “I am a voice of one crying in the wilderness , ‘ make straight the way of the Lord ,’ as Isaiah the prophet said.”

Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. They asked him, and said to him, “Why then are you baptizing, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”

John answered them saying, “I baptize in water, but among you stands One whom you do not know. It is He who comes after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.”

These things took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is He on behalf of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’ I did not recognize Him, but so that He might be manifested to Israel, I came baptizing in water.”

John testified saying, “I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him. I did not recognize Him, but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, ‘He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the One who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.’ I myself have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God.” (NASB)

The Love of God
May 5th, 2019

John 1:1-18

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ ”) Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. (NIV)