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Mark 4 - NIV

The Parable of the Sower

1 Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge.

2 He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said:

3 “Listen! 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, so that they did not bear grain.

8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”

9 Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

10 When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables.

11 He told them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables

12 so that,

“‘they may be ever seeing but never perceiving,
and ever hearing but never understanding;
otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!’[a]

13 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable?

14 The farmer sows the word.

15 Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.

16 Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy.

17 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.

18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word;

19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.

20 Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.”

A Lamp on a Stand


Footnotes

a. Mark 4:12 Isaiah 6:9,10


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Shared by: Pastor Ricky A. Rohrig Sr. on Aug, 2016
Summary: Expository sermon series from the book of Mark
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Sowing the Seed
Shared by: Brian Bill on May, 2016
Summary: When you go and sow, the kingdom of God will grow.
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Shared by: Shawn miller on Mar, 2016
Summary: A message about our spiritual priorities, showing the danger of the thorns of worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desire of other things in the parable of the sower/soils.
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Shared by: Troy Campbell on Mar, 2016
Summary: The Parable of the Sower
based on 1 rating
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,394
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Wayside Ground
Shared by: Troy Campbell on Mar, 2016
Summary: The Parable of the Sower
Scripture: Mark 4:15
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 186
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Stony Ground 1
Shared by: Troy Campbell on Mar, 2016
Summary: The Parable of the Sower
Scripture: Mark 4:16-17
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 165
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Shared by: Troy Campbell on Mar, 2016
Summary: The Parable of the Sower
Scripture: Mark 4:16-17
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 169
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Shared by: Troy Campbell on Mar, 2016
Summary: The Parable of the Sower
Scripture: Mark 4:18-19
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 249
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Shared by: Troy Campbell on Mar, 2016
Summary: The Parable of the Sower
Scripture: Mark 4:20
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 174
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Benefits of Good Ground
Shared by: Troy Campbell on Mar, 2016
Summary: The Parable of the Sower
Scripture: Mark 4:20
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 171
Kevin Ruffcorn avatar
Word Problems
Shared by: Kevin Ruffcorn on Jan, 2016
Summary: Parables of sower and mustard seeds
Series: Epiphany
Scripture: Mark 4:1-34
Denomination: Lutheran
Views: 1,037
Shawn miller avatar
Sown among Rocks
Shared by: Shawn miller on Oct, 2015
Summary: By pointing out the dangers of the rocky soil in Mark 4, there is an appeal to be humble, earnest and sincere in our walk with the Lord. The Rocky soil convert receives the gospel gladly, progresses in it rapidly, but then falls away quickly
Chris Jordan avatar
The Storyteller: The Parables of Jesus #1: Guard Your Heart
Shared by: Chris Jordan on Jul, 2015
Summary: Jesus is the World’s Greatest Storyteller. In His parables, we find wisdom for living our daily lives. In the parable of the farmer planting seeds, we learn the importance of guarding our hearts.
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Scripture: Mark 4:1-20
Denomination: Foursquare
Views: 661
John Ong avatar
Fertilizers of the Heart
Shared by: John Ong on Jul, 2015
Summary: How do you want to grow? Do you want a fruitful or an inconsistent life? What kind of soil is your heart?
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The Good Soil of Mother Emanuel
Shared by: D Marion Clark on Jun, 2015
Summary: This sermon reflects on the response of Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, SC to the killings that took place June 17. It shows the power of grace and forgiveness.
Scripture: Mark 4:14-20
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 341
Dr. David Wesner avatar
The Imperishable Seed
Shared by: Dr. David Wesner on May, 2015
Summary: God is with us when we read His word and He is able to make His words come alive in our hearts.
Scripture: Mark 4:1-8
Denomination: Charismatic
Views: 547
Chris Appleby avatar
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Shared by: Chris Appleby on Feb, 2015
Summary: If the gospel is good news why doesn’t everyone respond with joy? Jesus says he tells parables to filter out those who can't understand.
Scripture: Mark 4:1-20
Denomination: Anglican
Views: 470
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Shared by: Maurice McCarthy on Jan, 2015
Summary: A discussion of how seeds grow, and how seemingly careless God is in sowing them.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Mark 4:1-32
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 745
William R. Nabaza avatar
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Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Nov, 2014
Summary: To learn and develop a good habit of HEARING, RECEIVING and BEARING FRUIT because of the WORD.
Scripture: Mark 4:20
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 354
T.J. Conwell avatar
Kingdom Seeds
Shared by: T.J. Conwell on Jul, 2014
Summary: In one of the most important parables of the Book of Mark, Jesus teaches us to do three things with the Word of God: to hear it, accept it, and reproduce from it. The challenge for us is ... Are we obeying or disobeying this critical command?
Series: Mark
Scripture: Mark 4:1-20
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 876
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The Stolen Seed
Shared by: Shawn miller on Jun, 2014
Summary: This sermon deals with how hearts are harden by pride and lack of conviction toward the gospel and as a result the gospel seed is stolen before it ever had a chance to germinate in our souls. Good in a series of the 4 soils in mark 4.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Mark 4:4-15
Views: 2,498
Tim White avatar
Seeds
Shared by: Tim White on Mar, 2014
Summary: Jesus teaches of the ways people receive the truth.
Series: Mark
Scripture: Mark 4:1-20
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 904
Paul Fritz avatar
Keys to Success
Shared by: Paul Fritz on Jan, 2014
Summary: The Lord Jesus gave us key principles of success in the parable of the sower and the seed. Let us ask God for wisdom in applying these timeless truths to our lives, relationships and ministries.
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Scripture: Mark 4:1-21
Views: 8,999
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Shared by: Chris Kelly on Jun, 2013
Summary: The Parable of the Soils
Scripture: Mark 4:1-20
Denomination: Wesleyan
Views: 2,373
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Shared by: Warner Pidgeon on Jun, 2013
Summary: A short talk on father's day at a baptism service. Lots of visitors perhaps not sure about the person and message of Jesus so this is a parable-style short challenge for them.
Scripture: Mark 4:1-9
Denomination: Anglican
Views: 390
Zelia Logan-Smith avatar
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Shared by: Zelia Logan-Smith on Apr, 2013
Summary: An autobiography correlated to scripture references revealing those peculiar things in The Word as applied to our life.
Scripture: Mark 4:1-32
Denomination: Congregational
Views: 780
Tom Papez avatar
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Shared by: Tom Papez on Mar, 2013
Summary: Our head pastor gave a fantastically clear message on the 4 paths that seeds fall onto. This message consists of my notes from that lesson which will then lead into a series of small group questions that a youth could use to evaluate if indeed he or she i
Series: Stand Alone
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Mark 4:1-20
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,603
C. Philip Green avatar
Word Power
Shared by: C. Philip Green on Feb, 2013
Summary: If you and I want the influence of our lives to have a multiplying effect in this world, then we must hear the Word; believe it and do it!
Barry Johnson avatar
When Obedience Brings Trials
Shared by: Barry Johnson on Feb, 2013
Summary: Many of us have been taught that when we do what God tells us to do and we are in His will, we won’t have trials. Many of us have been taught that when we do what God tells us to do and we are in His will, we won’t have trials. A life of success and no wo
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Views: 431
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The Big Picture
Shared by: Tim Diack on Jan, 2013
Summary: God's word is like a seed - it's meant to be planted, to take root, to grow and to bring forth new life! What place do you give the word of God in your life?
Scripture: Mark 4:1-9
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Views: 533