Summary: Sermon on the Parable of the Soils
Do-it-yourself Soil Analysis
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
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
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
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
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 HAVE RECEIVED THE SEED, THEY HAVE LIFE
But NO FRUIT
As long as the pleasures of the world are on an equal level with the things of God----there will always be
Who is to blame???? YOU, the husbandman/gardener
He has been LAZY, unconcerned, blind to what is going on.
IF HE WERE WATCHING he'd see the thorns and do something
But HE IS NOT WATCHING---HIS EYES ARE ON WORLD
The good gardener does as James 1:21 says,"Put away all filthiness and rank growth of wickedness."
It is CONSTANT WORK---weeds grow naturally
You don't have to plant wickedness
Weeds grow constantly
come in from other sources
IT IS HARD WORK
hand picking, one by one
« choppin', toppin', and suckerin' 30 acres))
You have to be constantly observing your heart/mind
picking out the bad seeds
Warren Wiersby says,"It is not enough for the gardener to love flowers… He must also hate weeds."
It is not enough to love God, to love the church, to give lip service to loving God •••
YOU MUST HATE IMMORALITY/WICKEDNESS.
You can tell a gardener who really loves flowers---
his love for the flowers makes him hate the weeds
You can tell the one who really loves God----
his love for God makes him hate EVIL
4. Praise God, there is the good soil.
These are the "sin-sick, world-weary" ones who truly do love God and show it by bringing forth FRUIT --proof of changed life.