Summary: The seed of God’s Word has been planted in us. What are we going to do with it?
January 11, 2009
Text: Mark 4:1-20
Title: Planting the Seed
I’ve got so much to say to you this morning that I don’t know where to start. I am going to continue to speak to you what I started last week and actually have been preaching about for the last seven years. I am going to talk to you about having faith. Paul wrote that it is by grace you are saved through faith… that’s saving faith. I know that saving faith is at work in the world right now. I heard a great statistic Wednesday at our section 6 Speed the Light rally. I want you to get this because it just blew me away. The number of Christians who are alive right now outnumber the total of all Christians from the time of Jesus up to now. Let me try to clarify that. If you take the oldest Christian alive right now, and total up the number of Christians who live before their time, all the way back to the beginning of the church, the number of Christians alive right now are more than that total. So wouldn’t you say that faith is alive? Yet in Luke 18:8 Jesus asked this question, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” I have often meditated on that verse wondering what Jesus was trying to say. I have come to the conclusion that He was asking, not if there would be “saving faith” on the earth, but seed faith – the kind of faith that is required to receive the promises that have been ordained for all Christianity to receive.
I shared with you last week about how faith is what begins in the spirit man and flows out to the soul and body. Let me give you an example. Moses wrote in Deuteronomy 6:5, 5Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. Look at the three areas of our humanity at work here – heart (spirit), soul (mind, emotions, personality), and strength (physical body). It is not just a coincidence that the Holy Spirit placed these words in this particular order. Your relationship with God starts in the heart or spirit. It then flows out into your mind and you come into agreement with what has happened in your spirit. Then it is acted out in the natural man or the body.
Now I want to relate that to the kind of faith that Jesus was talking about in Luke 18:8. When Jesus comes back will He find His church doing what He said they would be doing in John 14:12, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” Is that kind of faith in the church today? If the answer is yes then where are the signs and wonders? If the answer is no then why? I want you to listen closely today to hear something that maybe you haven’t thought of before. This is not a new revelation but is a new understanding of an old revelation that the church has continued to overlook throughout the centuries.
Turn to Mark 4: 1-20.
I want to look at three things today. First – the purpose of the parable. Secondly – the preeminence of the parable and thirdly – the proof of the parable.