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Do It Yourself Soil Analysis

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Sermon shared by Rick Pendleton

October 2003
Summary: Sermon on the Parable of the Soils
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
Do-it-yourself Soil Analysis
Matthew 13:3-23

This morning I preached the parable of the Thumb.
Tonight I have one of my favorite parables--parable of the SOILS

Let's read vv. 3-9
Interpretation:
Sower = God
"as He sowed" --many ways…
preaching, music, bible, friend, etc.

Seed = Gospel

some seed fell = broadcast planting---indiscriminate-
all have same chance.

God is sower-Seed is Gospel, soil is our heart/mind

This means that our hearts can receive the word and bear fruit
IT IS A MATTER OF RECEPTIVITY------ours!!!!

Let's look at four types of soil----
REMEMBER … ONE IS YOU
You can find yourself here!!

1. HARD soil.
Jesus was thinking of the little footpaths

Laid on top of the hard, unreceptive dirt----
birds snatched it up.
SPIRITUALLY-- "Such soil represents the person who does not understand the Word of God. Hears but does not comprehend.
The seed lies on the surface of the soil and never sinks in.
To say that he does not UNDERSTAND does not mean that it is too complicated, too hard to grasp
It is soooooooo plain--
l. You are a sinner
2. You must die/separation/HELL
3. God loves you and does not want you to die.
4. He sent His Son to die for you.
5. All you have to do is
A-ccept
B-elieve
C-onfess


It is not that He cannot understand, He just WILL NOT ACCEPT
He rejects it out of hand, like water off a duck's back, having no penetration, no effect.
It is not that the seed gets into the soil and then something goes wrong----IT NEVER GETS IN!!!!!
It is just on the surface---Just religion
Just hog wash
As seed falls on the ground the birds get it quickly- before it goes
As the word falls on the hard heart, Satan wants to get it quickly before it can take root.
He sends other thoughts to occupy your thoughts
He sends distractions til you forget
If you’re here today---he'll send these seeds
I'm a GOOD man
I don't kill anyone
I'm as good as so and so
It's time to go
I'm hungry
YOU CAN NOT LISTEN TO SATAN AND GOD!!!!

2. the SHALLOW soil.
Some fell on shallow warm soil-quick growth-sun-scorch'.

This is the emotional hearer--who acts on impulse/feeling.

No counting the costs---no understanding of the committment

"Straightway” = no realization what discipleship means,
a revolutionary change of life, a stern battle
a forsaking of the world."

Then comes sun----persecution
reality sinks in
sacrifice is called for
obedience is called for
tough decisions called for
fallout with member/preacher

Starts with a bang but soon fizzles out

Problem is not UNDERSTANDING--~IT IS DEPTH/ COMMITTMENT

3. The CROWDED Soil.
"Not ground already covered in thorns, but with latent weed seed."

As the good seed grew ... so did the bad---choked out good.

Bad seed is more stalwert, more sturdy---stronger---more numerous
Soil is not impenetrable, not shallow, it is just not whole- hearted
Divided loyalty.
Spiritually--- These are the ones who mean well, they want to do what is right, to be faithful, to bear fruit

But they also really want the pleasures of this world ..

"While that which God promises is felt to be good, but also what the world promises is felt to be equally good, there will be an attempt to serve God and mammon."
THIS IS WHERE MOST CHRISTIANS ARE
THEY
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