Summary: Jesus described the heart of a person who was receptive to the Gospel. Part 1 of 5 of the Praying Your Family and Friends to Christ Series.
Praying Your Friends & Family To Christ Series
October 10, 2004 Chester FBC, Chester, Illinois Mike Fogerson, Speaker
(The "HEART" acronym that is being used for this series is taken from
Chris Schofield, Praying Your Friends to Christ (Alpharetta, Ga.: North American Mission Board, 1997)
1 Introduction: (Alternate opening introduction at end of sermon)
A Purchase four disposable containers to put various soil types in.
a One with hard, packed soil, dry & cracked by heat.
b One with weeds growing in it.
c One with rock & gravel with some small plants sticking out of it
d One with fertile soil with some healthy plants sticking out of it.
B Jesus told a parable about a farmer who cast seed on various types of soil.
a Each soil type saw various levels of receptivity.
aa Hard Soil: Devil takes it and it never takes root.
bb Weeds: Takes root but choked out by money, worry, pleasure
cc Rock: Take off like a house of fire and then. . . @ the first sign of trouble they give up just as quick. Faith was more of a fad than a fixed way of living.
b The good soil took off and produced!
2 Today’s message starts a brand new series of lessons on Praying Your Friends and Family to Christ.
A The message is Heart Under Attack.
a In the story the seed wasn’t the problem, sower wasn’t the problem . . . the human heart was the problem. (Unwilling to submit, repent, and receive the Word and be saved.)
15 "But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.
B Jesus described the heart of a person who was receptive to the Gospel. (ETS)
a Pray for nonbelievers to have a receptive heart to the gospel. (ESS)
b I hope that today you will begin to pray for God give the unbelievers in your life receptive hearts. (Objective)
3 When will you begin to pray for the unbelievers in your life to have receptive hearts towards the Gospel? (Probing Question)
A Let’s look at two qualities that define a heart that is receptive to the gospel. (Transitional Sentence)
I The first quality that defines a heart that is receptive to the Gospel is they HEAR IT.
1 Jesus described a two-fold approach to hearing the gospel.
A The first fold was physically hearing the gospel with their ears.
a The gospel was told, wrote about and read, or some other method, but the gospel was fully exposed.
b Jesus, Peter, John, Paul, . . . told the gospel to be heard. Super Stars!
aa Philip said (Physically spoke) & the Ethiopian physically listened. (Got saved and went back to Northern Africa.)
bb The first great church was not in Jerusalem or Asia minor, but rather in northern Africa. (J. Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible; Acts) Why? This un-named went back home and people HEARD!!